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Medical Laboratory Sciences

Medical Laboratory Science is a branch of health sciences concerned with the performance and analysis of 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 doctors and nurses, individuals in this profession draw on their critical thinking skills daily to aid in the promotion of patient health, treatment preparation, and overall well-being.

Yet graduates of this program are not limited to only working in a hospital, due to their unique training and very technical skillset these professionals can attain employment in diverse work environments spanning from research to industry. 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 complete not only their program, but also the required clinical training needed to work in this profession as well as earn national certification all within four years. 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.

Medical Laboratory Sciences offers excellent preparation for students interested in becoming a forensic laboratory scientist/technician. Students interested in this area should also pursue a minor in forensics from the College of Agriculture and consider joining a forensic science focused student organization along with the medical laboratory sciences honorary, Lambda Tau.

Plan of Study

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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