Medical Laboratory Science Program (BS)

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You're considering an interesting and exciting career. More than 70% of the decisions made by doctors are based on the results of laboratory testing. You’ll be doing important work, whether you are employed by a hospital laboratory, a blood donor center, a research laboratory, or in industry. 

Even better news: it’s estimated that there will be about 9000 jobs in clinical laboratories each year for the next ten years, and about 4000 – 5000 graduates to take up those jobs.  Opportunities are boundless.  In 2019, the average hourly rate for a staff MLS was $30.02.

In the Medical Laboratory Technician and Medical Laboratory Science programs, you’ll learn how to perform and interpret the results of tests on the samples that were collected by phlebotomists and others.   You’ll learn how to provide blood products for patients needing a transfusion, how to identify which bacteria are causing an infection, how to identify the blood cells that cause leukemia, and how to detect and measure chemicals in the blood such as cholesterol, drugs, and hormones.   Then you’ll be assigned to a clinical affiliate for more practice in an actual clinical laboratory.

These are not  easy programs – you’ll spend long hours in classes and labs.   But you’ll be joining some of the best students in the university.   You’ll make friends among both students and faculty.   We all work together to help you succeed.

Although you’ll be assigned to one academic advisor is and when you enter the program, please feel free to ask any of the program faculty for help or information.   We all want you to learn, prosper, and thrive at Ferris and in the clinical laboratory.

Daniel P deRegnier, MS, MT(ASCP)
Associate Professor and Program Coordinator


The MLS and MLT programs at Ferris State University are fully accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). NAACLS can be contacted as follows: NAACLS 5600 N river Road Suite 720 Rosemont, IL 60018-5119 847.939.3597, 773.714.8886 fax,


August 2016