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Medical Laboratory Science—BS

The Science Behind the Medicine

It’s all about options—and the options for Medical Laboratory Scientists—also known as clinical laboratory scientists or medical technologists—are pretty much limitless. Whether you’re seeking a career as a medical technologist, laboratory scientist, or teaching technologist; whether you’d like to work in a blood donation center, hospital, forensic lab, pharmaceutical lab, veterinary hospital, or in a research facility; your BS in Medical Laboratory Science from Michigan Tech will prepare you for the career of your design or for Medical School.

Medical Laboratory Scientists seek to improve and extend life by acting as diagnostic specialists. They serve as key members of the medical team, detecting disease and other conditions by performing critical chemical, hematological, immunologic, microscopic, and bacteriological analyses on blood, tissues, and bodily fluids.

An Established Program

Medical Laboratory Scientists are in demand, and Michigan Tech graduates are often at the front of the line. That’s because here, you learn by doing. You have the opportunity to work in cutting-edge labs and tackle high-level research projects alongside professors who are among the best in their field. You’ll also benefit from small class sizes (the average is about 30 students), personal advising, and one-on-one faculty interaction.

About the Program

  • BS graduates receive a pragmatic, qualitative education with a strong understanding of hematology, immunology, molecular biology, clinical chemistry, medical terminology, microbiology, anatomy and physiology, and more.
  • Employable to the extreme. There is a critical shortage of Medical Laboratory Science personnel nationally, which means plenty of opportunities in a field that grows more robust by the day.
  • Learn now, be a success later. Graduates from the Medical Laboratory Science program go on to attain high-level positions and become leaders in their field; most credit the superior practicum placements and hands-on lab experiences they had as students at Michigan Tech.
  • Get involved outside the classroom. Students at Michigan Tech get involved with any number of professional organizations—Society of Medical Laboratory Scientists; Microbiology Club; Phi Sigma, the National Biology Honorary; and more.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Our undergraduate degree programs encourage hands-on research at all levels. Our faculty members are advancing basic and applied research in biology, and students are generally welcomed into their research groups.

Contact the faculty member you are interested in working with to learn more. Specific positions in each lab depend on availability and funding.

Learn more about undergraduate research.

Degree Concentrations

There are a six specialty concentrations available with the Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science.

3+1 Medical Technology

If you want to take the fastest route to becoming a medical lab scientist, the 3+1 Medical Technology concentration is for you. You will spend three years on campus learning fundamental information in preparation for a fourth-year clinical practicum, completed at an accredited teaching hospital affiliated with Michigan Tech. The practicum consists of academic studies combined with extensive hands-on experience in a clinical laboratory.

After successful completion of University course work and hospital training, and the receipt of your BS in Medical Laboratory Science, you will be qualified to take an examination for national certification as a Medical Laboratory Scientist.

4+1 Medical Technology

The 4+1 Medical Technology concentration is similar to the 3+1 Medical Technology option, but with an added year for additional study and specialization. You will spend four years on campus—taking three years of fundamental course work plus an additional year of specialty course work—in preparation for a fifth-year clinical practicum, completed at an accredited teaching hospital. The practicum consists of academic studies combined with extensive hands-on experience in a clinical laboratory.

After earning your BS and successfully completing hospital training, you will be qualified to take an examination for national certification as a Medical Laboratory Scientist.

3+1 Cytotechnology

If you want to take the fastest route to becoming a Cytotechnologist, the 3+1 Cytotechnology concentration is for you. You will spend three years on campus learning fundamental information in preparation for a fourth-year clinical practicum, completed at an accredited teaching hospital affiliated with Michigan Tech. The practicum consists of academic studies combined with extensive hands-on experience focusing on microscopy, diagnosis of malignancies, and other cell abnormalities.

After successful completion of University course work and hospital training, and the receipt of your BS in Medical Laboratory Science, you will be qualified to take an examination for national certification as a Cytotechnologist.

4+1 Cytotechnology

The 4+1 Cytotechnology concentration is similar to the 3+1 Cytotechnology option, but with an added year for additional study and specialization. You will spend four years on campus—taking three years of fundamental course work plus an additional year of specialty course work—in preparation for a fifth-year clinical practicum, completed at an accredited teaching hospital. The practicum consists of academic studies combined with extensive hands-on experience in microscopy, diagnosis of malignancies, and other cell abnormalities.

After earning your BS and successfully completing and hospital training, you will be qualified to take an examination for national certification as a Cytotechnologist.

4+1 Histotechnology

If you want to use your degree to become a histologic technician or histotechnologist, the 4+1 Histotechnology concentration is the right option for you. You’ll spend four years on campus taking fundamental course work, then have the option to complete a fifth-year histotechnology clinical practicum at an accredited teaching hospital. The practicum is encouraged but not required, and consists of academic studies combined with extensive hands-on experience focusing on tissue preparation.

After successful completion of University course work and training in a medical histology laboratory (for those who choose to complete a practicum), you will receive a BS in Medical Laboratory Science and be qualified to take an examination for national certification as a Histotechnologist.

4+1 Secondary Education Teacher Certification

If you’re interested in teaching at the high school level, the 4+1 Secondary Education concentration is for you. You will build a framework of Medical Laboratory Science knowledge and education course work, including directed (student) teaching, that will qualify you to teach high school courses such as biology or chemistry. After successful completion of University course work, you will receive both a BS in Medical Laboratory Science and a secondary school teacher certification.

Additionally, you may complete a clinical practicum at an accredited teaching hospital to become qualified to take an examination for national certification as a Medical Laboratory Scientist.

Career Pathways

With a current critical shortage of Medical Laboratory Scientists nationally, career opportunities in the field are plentiful. Michigan Tech’s unique program concentrations and multitude of options for degree specialization mean that you can prepare for the position of your dreams.

What could I do with a Medical Laboratory Science degree?

Our graduates find work in unique and specialized positions.

  • Medical laboratory specialist
  • Medical technologist
  • Clinical laboratory scientist
  • Teaching technologist
  • Blood donation center technologist
  • Forensic laboratory scientist
  • Laboratory information system technologist
  • Medical laboratory research and development scientist
  • Research associate
  • Technical sales, marketing, or service representative
  • Veterinary medical technologist
  • Pharmaceutical laboratory technologist
  • Laboratory manager
  • Teacher
  • Go on to Graduate School
  • Go on to Med School