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Medical Laboratory Sciences

Purdue University in West Lafayette

Medical Laboratory Science is a branch of health sciences concerned with diagnostic and prognostic clinical tests on patient tissues, blood and other body fluids. These disease detectives play a critical role in the patient care team by providing vital information concerning the accurate diagnosis and treatment of disease. Working with physicians, nurses, and researchers, individuals in this profession apply their clinical knowledge and critical thinking skills daily to aid in the promotion of patient health through timely diagnosis, tailored treatment, and intervention.

Yet graduates of this program are not limited to working only in hospitals, due to their unique clinical training and very technical skillset these professionals can attain employment in diverse work environments spanning research, industry, and beyond. As a result, these graduates are always in demand, thus leading to a career full of perpetual growth, advancement, and opportunities.

The Health Sciences curriculum is structured so that students study for three years on the Purdue campus and one year at an affiliated NAACLS accredited clinical program of medical laboratory sciences. This 3+1 program allows students to complete, by the end of their junior year, the coursework required for admission to a hospital-based training program for their senior year. This structure allows our students to not only complete their undergraduate degree, but acquire the clinical training required to work in this highly technical profession and attain national board certification in advance of their graduation. In recent years, our clinical placement rate for students in the program has been ~100% as compared to the ~50% national average experienced by other like programs. The curriculum also fulfills the requirements for admission to most professional programs, all while ensuring employment post-graduation. The fourth year offers combined classroom and laboratory studies that provide experience in clinical chemistry, hematology, microbiology, serology, histology, urinalysis, parasitology, and instrumentation and management.

School of Health Sciences Honors Program
Students admitted to Medical Laboratory Sciences may have the opportunity to participate in the School of Health and Sciences Honors Program, a program that promotes and supports honors research for high-achieving students. 

Plan of Study

Medical Laboratory Sciences, BS 

Medical Laboratory Sciences Webpage

Transfer to Medical Laboratory Sciences

Purdue admits to individual majors. Transfer students must meet Purdue's overall transfer criteria, as well as any major-specific requirements. Before you apply, check the closed programs page to confirm this major is open to transfer students. If it is, refer to the information below for major-specific transfer criteria.

Minimum GPA: 3.0

Also: Any combination of at least two courses equivalent to the following Purdue courses — CHM 11500, CHM 11600, BIOL 11000, BIOL 11100, MA 16010, or a calculus-based physics course, with a minimum grade of C in each course.

Contact Information

HHS Undergraduate Student Services
(765) 494-8533

College of Health and Human Sciences

Careers in Medical Laboratory Sciences

The employment rate for graduates of Medical Laboratory Sciences is constantly at, or near, 100%. The only deviation comes with those program graduates attaining admission to further professional programs like medical school or physician assistant school.

  • Biological Research Technologist
  • Clinical Laboratory Scientist
  • Clinical Laboratory Technologist
  • Forensic Laboratory Scientist/Technician
  • Medical Laboratory Scientist
  • Medical Laboratory Technologist
  • Medical Research Technologist

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