College of Health Sciences

Medical Laboratory Science


Student Cohort

a selective major with full-time medical lab practical experiences


Job Growth

employment outlook for MLS is outstanding


Clinical Decisions

MLS meets vital health testing needs

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William Bickers

Director of Recruitment

College of Health Sciences

College of Health Sciences

College of Health Sciences

900 South Limestone Street

111 CT Wethington Building

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Medical Laboratory Scientists perform, develop, evaluate, correlate and assure accuracy and validity of laboratory information. They play a key role in the healthcare team by providing lab results that assist health providers in patient diagnosis and treatment, disease monitoring and prevention


Grow Your Future

Medical Laboratory Science prepares graduates to work in a variety of settings including: hospital, physician office, veterinary, research, public health, private, pharmaceutical, and reference laboratories. Other career opportunities include: consulting, marketing, research and product development, administration and management, education, sales, and public health.

Medical Laboratory Scientists must also have a strong desire to help others and possess good communication skills. Medical Laboratory Scientists are an important member of the healthcare team and will interact with physicians, nurses, patients and other members in the laboratory. Graduates of MLS programs will often have management responsibilities. Many may specialize in areas in the Medical Laboratory such as hematology, clinical chemistry, toxicology, virology, microbiology, immunohematology (blood banking) or molecular biology.

The curriculum also offers an excellent foundation for medical, dental, veterinary, and pharmacy schools. It is also an excellent degree for admission to graduate programs in medical sciences.

My favorite part about the MLS program has to be the practicums. The hands-on experience of working side by side with well-trained medical scientists is invaluable and allows me to apply what I've learned in the student lab in a real-life lab environment.

Eddie Hamilton

Senior, Medical Laboratory Sciences

Classes & Requirements

What You'll Study

Students begin their first year in the MLS program in August and graduate in December of their second year. The MLS program consists of 60 credit hours and the curriculum for traditional students, based in Lexington or Hazard, is outlined below. 

Course descriptions can be found in the UK Bulletin.

Year One (Fall)

MLS 400 Laboratory Techniques and Phlebotomy 2

MLS 410 Medical Laboratory Biochemistry 3

MLS 420 Clinical Immunology & Serology 3

MLS 460 Clinical Hematology 3

MLS 465 Clinical Hematology Laboratory 2

MLS 461 Clinical Microbiology 3

MLS 466 Clinical Microbiology Laboratory 2

Year One (Spring)

MLS 430 Clinical Mycology, Parasitology and Virology 3

MLS 462 Clinical Chemistry 3

MLS 467 Clinical Chemistry Laboratory 2

MLS 463 Immunohematology 3

MLS 468 Immunohematology Laboratory 2

MLS 464 Body Fluids & Hemostasis 2

MLS 469 Body Fluids & Hemostasis Laboratory 2

Year One (Summer Session One)

MLS 440 Molecular Techniques 3

Year One (Summer Session Two)

MLS 450 MLS Education & Management 3

MLS 480 Clinical Hematology Practicum 1-4

Year Two (Fall)

MLS 470 Clinical Correlations 3

MLS 481 Clinical Microbiology Practicum 1-4

MLS 482 Clinical Chemistry Practicum 1-4

The University of Kentucky Medical Laboratory Science program is accredited through 2027 by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS) 5600 N. River Rd. Suite 720, Rosemont, Illinois 60018-5119; (773) 714-8880.

UK Core Requirements

Medical Laboratory Sciences students may elect to complete UK Core coursework with any eligible course to meet category requirements. The specific pre-requisites for admission to the major that can be taken to complete UK Core requirements are CHE 105 and 111 for the Natural, Physical and Mathematical Sciences and STA 296 for Statistical Inferential Reasoning.

Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement

MLS 463 Immunohematology (3)

MLS 470 Clinical Correlations (3)


Premajor Requirements 

In addition to the University of Kentucky requirements, students seeking admission to the MLS program must complete the following pre-requisite or pre-professional courses. The following courses need to be completed before beginning the MLS program:

  • 1 semester of general biology with laboratory
  • 2 semesters of general chemistry with laboratory
  • 1 semester of organic chemistry with laboratory
  • 1 semester of general microbiology with laboratory
  • 1 semester of statistical methods
  • 1 semester of human physiology (or combined course in physiology and anatomy)

Academic Performance

The minimum GPA for entrance into the MLS program is a 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

MLS Admissions

Health Sciences Undecided/Exploratory Studies Option

Many university students will change their major or career goals at least once during their college years. To assist students in finding a health profession that meets personal interests and professional ambitions, College of Health Sciences has developed an Undecided/Exploratory Studies option for students who have yet to decide the specific program of study that most closely aligns both their interests and goals for becoming a professional in health care. The Health Sciences Undecided/Exploratory Studies option provides students with an educational environment that includes coursework and co-curricular programs to introduce students to a variety of health professionals, health care settings, and the unique opportunity to explore multiple working areas found on the medical campus during their first year in college. For more information or to inquire further, please contact 


William Bickers

Director of Recruitment

College of Health Sciences

College of Health Sciences

College of Health Sciences

900 South Limestone Street

111 CT Wethington Building