Medical Laboratory Sciences 

 What is Medical Laboratory Science (MLS)? 

Formally known as medical technologists or clinical laboratory scientists the medical laboratory scientists is one of the most important people in medicine.  In a single day, a medical laboratory scientist performs some of the most complex tests on blood, tissue, body fluids and other samples from many patients.  This helps provide doctors with most of the information they use to treat infections and diagnose cancers and other diseases.  Laboratory testing encompasses such disciplines as clinical chemistry, hematology, hemostasis, urinalysis immunology, immunohematology, microbiology, reproductive medicine and molecular diagnostics.


 What do Medical Laboratory Scientists do?  

Medical Laboratory Scientists examine and analyze body fluids, and cells. They look for bacteria, parasites, and other microorganisms; analyze the chemical content of fluids; match blood for transfusions; and test for drug levels in the blood that show how a patient is responding to treatment. Technologists also prepare specimens for examination, count cells, and look for abnormal cells in blood and body fluids. They use microscopes, cell counters, and other high-tech laboratory equipment. They also use automated equipment and computerized instruments to test specimens. After testing and examining a specimen, they analyze the results and relay them to physicians. 


 Why is Medical Laboratory Science important?  

Research has shown that at least 70% of all medical decisions rely on some sort of laboratory data. As a laboratory professional, you play a huge role in the processing and analysis of laboratory samples. In turn, you largely influence the reliability and credibility of laboratory data as well as the accuracy of patient diagnoses and the quality of care that patients receive.


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Description of Medical Laboratory Sciences Concentration

What does a Medical Laboratory Scientist do?


Who are the applicants to the program?

Each spring we accept one cohort with the maximum capacity of 20 students.  The number is determined based on the number clinical affiliates we have available and to ensure the learning experience is hands on between student and faculty.  Each spring the students will begin with courses to prepare students for their clinical rotations and continue through summer.  The clinical experience starts in the fall and continues through spring.  Students who begin this program in spring will complete the coursework and internship experience by the following spring.  This is a full time program and courses must be taken in the sequence listed on the Osprey Map under the 4 year course of study on this website.  Applicants should have a clear understanding of the training program and the career before making a commitment to this program.    


 Undergraduate students who have completed the necessary prerequisites are ideal candidates for this program.


 International Students due to federal regulations we are unable to accept international students that are not US Citizens.  The federal government only allows one distance learning course per year.  If you have questions regarding this policy please contact the UNF International Center.


 Post-baccalaureate students who have a degree in Biology or Chemistry and have completed the necessary prerequisites will also be acceptable candidates for this program.  Please note if you already have a degree in biology you will have to apply to the certificate in Medical Laboratory Science.  The certificate program is not eligible to receive financial aid.


Is the program accredited?

YES! The Medical Laboratory Science program at the University of North Florida is fully accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS).  NAACLS can be contacted as follows: 

NAACLS 5600 N River Road Suite 720

Rosemont, IL 60018

Phone 847-939-3597

Fax:  773-714-8886 


What are the graduation, placement and certification rates?


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Course of Study

What courses will I take as an MLS student? Course of study

Will I be able to perform the essential functions of a medical laboratory scientist? Essential Functions pdf

MLS Handbook – pdf