Icon 1 $60,520 Median Annual Salary(National Median Pay, U.S. BLS)
Icon 2 16% Job growth (2012-24, U.S. BLS)
Icon 3 100% Certification Examination Pass Rate (UK 2014 pass rate)

Medical Laboratory Science

What is a Medical Laboratory Scientist?

Medical laboratory scientists help improve lives by providing essential clinical information to health care providers. They are responsible for assuring reliable results that contribute to the prevention, diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment of physiological and pathological conditions. Laboratory tests are extremely valuable and contribute up to 70 percent of medical decisions made by health care providers.

What careers or educational options can I pursue with a Medical Laboratory Science degree?

Graduates of Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) programs often have management responsibilities. Many may specialize in areas such as hematology, clinical chemistry, toxicology, virology, microbiology, immunohematology (blood banking), or molecular biology.

Many of our graduates pursue advanced degrees in medicine, physician assistant studies, pharmacy, dentistry, and veterinary sciences. The MLS curriculum also offers an excellent foundation for admission to graduate programs in medical sciences.


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.