Bachelor's degree in Medical Laboratory Science
B.A. and B.S. in medical laboratory science
Medical laboratory science professionals (also know as medical technology or clinical laboratory scientists) are highly skilled scientists who discover the presence or absence of disease and generate vitally important data for identifying and treating cancer, heart disease, diabetes and many other health conditions.
Laboratories offer numerous ways for students to make connections and go far beyond classroom learning.
The K-State difference
The department of biochemistry and molecular biophysics has 14 large research facilities on campus, including the Biomolecular NMR Facility for nuclear magnetic resonance studies.
K-State's undergraduate degrees also include specialized tracks in medical biochemistry (B.A. and B.S.) and molecular biophysics (B.S.). The B.S. program requires more science-based work while the B.A. requires two years of advanced language.
Did you know?
More than 90 percent of students find relevant jobs or choose to continue their education within three months of graduation.
What classes will I take?
Students in medical laboratory science complete their last year (30 hours) of clinical training at one of two affiliated hospitals in Kansas City: North Kansas City Hospital or Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City.
After completion of all the requirements for the bachelor’s degree, students are eligible to sit for the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification (BOC), which is the gold standard in certification for MLS professionals.
How can I continue my education?
What can I do with a degree in medical laboratory science?
Medical laboratory scientists are in high demand. The opportunities are many in hospital laboratories, clinics, forensic laboratories, veterinary clinics, and in medical, biotechnology and industrial research laboratories:
- Health forensic laboratory scientist
- Medical laboratory specialist
- Research scientist
- Veterinary technologist or technician
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