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Medical Laboratory Science

The Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) program within the Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences offers a bachelor of science degree in medical laboratory science through a traditional on-campus program.

The two-year degree program offers an upper division curriculum that includes lecture and laboratory study on campus followed by clinical rotations in one of our affiliated hospitals located throughout the state. The program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).

This degree is available to students with some college credits or an associate degree in related fields. For more information about requirements, click here.

The medical laboratory scientist (MLS) is a highly skilled scientist who functions in multiple roles. Some of these roles include performing and evaluating diagnostic laboratory procedures on body fluids, developing new diagnostic procedures, supervising biomedical research projects, providing technical expertise, consulting, managing clinical and research laboratory departments, and analyzing and implementing laboratory information systems.

The major areas of interest in laboratory science are hematology, immunohematology (transfusion medicine), clinical microbiology, clinical chemistry, clinical immunology, body fluid analysis and molecular diagnostics.

About the program

The degree program is offered across five semesters and provides students with broad-based knowledge in clinical and basic sciences. It offers a unique blend of coursework combined with clinical instruction in hospital laboratories.

Following satisfactory completion of all requirements, the student will be awarded the bachelor of science degree in medical laboratory science from the University of Mississippi.

Graduates are eligible to take national examinations for certification as a Medical Laboratory Scientist, such as those offered by the Board of Certification of the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).

Important dates

  • July 1 - Application opens.
  • April 1 - Application deadline for fall admission.

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SHRP hosts two open house events each year for prospective students. Program Focus Day is held in the fall, and Program Awareness Day is in the spring. Click the link below for more open house information and event registration.

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The Medical Laboratory Science program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). For more information, contact NAACLS at:

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
5600 N. River Road, Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018
(773) 714-8880. Fax: (773) 714-8886

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Medical Laboratory Science is one of the many programs offered at UMMC's School of Health Related Professions. It offers a bachelor's degree program that crosses five semesters.

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