Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science

The program leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Laboratory Science fulfills the requirements for clinical laboratory science education. A graduate from Wayne State University with this Bachelor of Science degree is eligible to take a national certification examination in Medical Laboratory Science. The degree program consists of a preprofessional curriculum and a professional curriculum, as follows:

  • The freshman and sophomore years constitute the preprofessional program comprising the liberal arts and science courses taught by the faculty of the College of Liberal Arts and Science.
  • The junior year and part of the senior year constitutes the professional program and is taught by Medical Laboratory Science faculty. The remainder of the senior year consists of the clinical rotation in an affiliated clinical laboratory.

Graduates of the MLS program are eligible to take a national certification examination, which is required for most hospital-based MLS positions. Many laboratories hire "registry-eligible" graduates with the understanding that the certification exam will be taken and passed within a specified period of time. Granting of the Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science degree IS NOT contingent up the student's passing any type of external certification or licensure examination.

Medical Laboratory Science Honors 

The MLS Honors program is designed to challenge and encourage students to develop undergraduate research projects relevant to their major and to explore MLS course content in greater depth. It is open to students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science degree who maintain an overall cumulative grade point average of 3.3 or higher and complete a minimum of twelve honors course credits.

Required Honors courses

Course number Course title Credits

MLS 4990 

Professional Directed Study 

Research and thesis to be completed under the direction of a faculty member whose expertise includes the student's area of interest. Along with the thesis paper, student will prepare a poster to be presented at the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences annual Research Day. Adviser and a second reader will read the completed thesis. 


At least one HON 42XX interdepartmental Honors seminar 

Select a minimum of 6 additional credits earned utilizing Honors Option in two or more of the following MLS program courses: 

MLS 3020 

Hematology Lecture and Laboratory 


MLS 3040 

Immunohematology I 


MLS 3080 

Instrumentation Lecture and Laboratory 


MLS 3100 

Urine and Body Fluid Analysis 


MLS 3280 

Clinical Chemistry Lecture and Laboratory 


MLS 4040 

Laboratory Operations 


MLS 4210 

Hemostasis Lecture and Laboratory 


MLS 4230 

Hematology II 


MLS 4240 

Immunohematology II 


MLS 5500 

Immunology and Serology 


MLS 5510 

Diagnostic Microbiology I 


MLS 5520 

Diagnostic Microbiology II 


MLS 5550 

Molecular Diagnostics 


Total Credits 


Bachelor of Health Science with a concentration in Laboratory Science

The Bachelor of Health Science with a concentration in Laboratory Science is an excellent degree for students who wish to specialize in laboratory studies or advanced medical training outside of the typical hospital or clinical laboratory setting. This program is designed to provide students with necessary coursework to either continue with MLS studies after graduation or to apply to graduate programs in a health care field of their choice. The clinical experience is not included in this degree. Graduates may apply to NAACLS-accredited institutions offering clinical training in this field.