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Medical Laboratory Science Program (BS)

Why Choose Medical Laboratory Science?

Medical Laboratory Scientists perform laboratory analyses to help the physician detect, diagnose and treat disease. Lab scientists work with sophisticated laboratory instruments and computers that must be kept in optimal operating condition to give the most accurate results. Physicians base about 70 percent of their diagnosis and treatment decisions on the results of laboratory testing.

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. The program combines classroom instruction and laboratory practice on-campus with an internship in an affiliated laboratory.

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Career Opportunities

Career opportunities exist in the clinical laboratories in hospitals and medical centers; pharmaceutical industry in quality control, research and biotechnology; government crime labs, accreditation offices, environmental technology, veterinary medicine and lab information systems; humanitarian work in the Peace Corps, Project Hope and medical missionary workers. Many assume positions as laboratory directors and supervisors.

In 2019, the average hourly rate for a staff MLS was $30.02.

Admission Requirements

Students must be admitted to the university. To be qualified to enter the professional sequence of the program a student must have earned a minimum grade of "C" in each of the following courses or their equivalent: MATH 115 or MATH 117 (or have an ACT Math subscore of 24) and CHEM 114, CHEM 214, BIOL 205, and BIOL 108 or BIOL 286.

To assure students of a quality technical education in classroom/lab and clinical practice, enrollment is limited.

General Education Requirements

All general University General Education requirements can be found here:

Please consult this link for a complete listing of General Education Electives:

Graduation Requirements

To graduate from the program, a student must have earned a minimum grade of "C" in each CLLS course, BIOL 205 and CHEM 214 or equivalent, and the COHP core courses. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required.

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Ferris offers an internship in the last semester of the program, although due to limited space, specific clinical site locations cannot be guaranteed. If a student interrupts progression in the professional sequence of the program, re-entry cannot be guaranteed due to space limitations in laboratory and clinical placement sites.

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,