Traditional Path

Undergraduate students and those with a bachelor’s degree who have completed general education and program pre-requisite requirements are eligible to apply to the MLS Program. Application deadline is March 1 for Lexington campus and May 1 for Hazard campus.

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

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. 

Year One (Fall)

Course Prefix and NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
MLS 400Laboratory Techniques and Phlebotomy2
MLS 410Medical Laboratory Biochemistry3
MLS 420Clinical Immunology & Serology3
MLS 460Clinical Hematology3
MLS 465Clinical Hematology Laboratory2
MLS 461Clinical Microbiology3
MLS 466Clinical Microbiology Laboratory2


Year One (Spring)

Course Prefix and NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
MLS 430Clinical Mycology & Parasitology2
MLS 462Clinical Chemistry3
MLS 467Clinical Chemistry Laboratory2
MLS 463Immunohematology3
MLS 468Immunohematology Laboratory2
MLS 464Body Fluids & Hemostasis2
MLS 469Body Fluids & Hemostasis Laboratory2
MLS 471Ethics & Professionalism1


Year One (Summer Session One)

Course Prefix and NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
MLS 440Molecular Techniques3


Year One (Summer Session Two)

Course Prefix and NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
MLS 450MLS Education & Management3
MLS 480Clinical Hematology Practicum4


Year Two (Fall)

Course Prefix and NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
MLS 470Clinical Correlations3
MLS 481Clinical Microbiology Practicum4
MLS 482Clinical Chemistry Practicum4
MLS 483Immunohematology Practicum4

Course descriptions can be found in the UK Bulletin.

  • The minimum GPA for entrance into the MLS program is a 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Completion of application to the University of Kentucky (if currently not a UK student)
  • A separate application fee of $25.00 is required for admission to the Medical Laboratory Science Program. Your application will not be processed without the $25.00 fee.
    The application fee cannot be waived nor deferred, and is non-refundable.
    We accept Visa, Discover, American Express and MasterCard. Credit/debit cards may also be used.

Application Fee

More information regarding the recommendation forms and transcripts is provided in the online application documents.

After the deadline for applying to the MLS program, application packets will be reviewed. Qualified applicants may participate in a brief interview by MLS faculty member(s).

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