Medical Laboratory Science, BS


Program Description

Utah Tech University offers a course of study leading to a Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science degree. During the first two years or pre-professional phase of study a student completes a minimum of 58 semester hours of coursework. The coursework includes but is not limited to: a) general education courses, including a statistic course; b) biology requisites that must include a course in microbiology and courses in human anatomy and physiology; and c) cognates in chemistry. After completion of the pre-professional phase of study and, through a competitive application process, a student may be selected to enter the final two years of study or the MLS professional program to which one cohort of 12-15 students is admitted per year. Admitted students spend three semesters completing MLS-specific courses on the Utah Tech campus. Upon successful completion of these courses, students are then assigned to one or more program-affiliated medical laboratories to complete a semester-long clinical internship. Program graduates are eligible to take the Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) national board certification examination offered by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).


Graduates are eligible to take the Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) national certification examination offered by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).

Professional Licensure/Certification (PLC) Requirements

The curriculum for programs at Utah Tech University leading to professional licensure are designed to prepare students for Utah licensure and certification requirements. Admission into programs for professions requiring licensure and certification does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or certificate. Licensure and certification requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the University, and licensure and certification requirements can change at any time. 

Licensure boards in each state establish requirements for licensure and certification for their respective state. States vary by which professions are required to be licensed and how licensure functions, and such requirements may change at any time. The terms related to licensure and certification, among others, also vary by state as well.

Students and prospective students are strongly encouraged to contact the state licensure entity in the state where they intend to work to review all licensure and certification requirements imposed by the student’s state(s) of choice. The University cannot provide verification of a student’s ability to meet licensure or certification requirements unrelated to its educational programming. Some states require individuals to complete additional requirements that are unrelated to educational prerequisites. For more information, visit the State Authorization and Professional Licensure web page and select the program, or speak to the director of the program. 

Utah Tech University shall not be held liable if a student is unable to qualify for licensure or certification in any jurisdiction.

This disclosure is made pursuant to 34 CFR §668.43(a)(5)(v)(C).


The Medical Laboratory Science program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS). NAACLS can be contacted at:

5600 North River Road, Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018
Phone: 773-714-8880

Admission Requirements

For admission requirements into the Medical Laboratory Science program, visit the website (following this link will take you out of the University Catalog).

Program Curriculum

120-122 credits

Utah Tech General Education Requirements

All Utah Tech General Education requirements must be fulfilled. A previously earned degree may fulfill those requirements, but courses must be equivalent to Utah Tech's minimum General Education standards in American Institutions, English, and Mathematics.

General Education Core Requirements

American Institutions3-6
Life Sciences3-10
Physical Sciences3-5
Fine Arts3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
Exploration 3-5
MLS Prerequisite Courses
BIOL 1610
BIOL 1615
Principles of Biology I (LS)
and Principles of Biology I Lab (LAB)
BIOL 2060
BIOL 2065
Principles of Microbiology
and Principles of Microbiology Lab
BIOL 2320
BIOL 2325
Human Anatomy
and Human Anatomy Lab
BIOL 2420
BIOL 2425
Human Physiology
and Human Physiology Lab
Chemistry Requirement:10-15
10 Credits of Chemistry: 5 credits in Elementary General Chemistry with lab and 5 credits in Elementary Organic/Biochemistry with lab
Elementary General/Organic Chemistry (PS)
and Elem General/Organic Chemistry Lab (LAB)
and Elem Organic / Bio Chemistry
and Elem Organic/Bio Chemistry Lab
Principles of Chemistry I (PS)
and Principles of Chemistry I Lab (LAB)
and Principles of Chemistry II
and Principles of Chemistry II Lab
and Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
COMM 1020Public Speaking3
or COMM 2110 Interpersonal Communication (SS, GC)
MATH 1040Introduction to Statistics (MA)3
or STAT 2040 Business Statistics
MATH 1050College Algebra / Pre-Calculus (MA)4
Highly Recommended:
Introduction to Immunology (Not Required, Prerequisites: BIOL 3010 and BIOL 3040 and CHEM 3510)

Please see the department website for information on admission to the Medical Laboratory Science program. 

MLS Core Requirements
MLS 3310 Immunohematology I5
MLS 3312Clinical Immunology4
MLS 3314Diagnostic Microbiology I5
MLS 3330 Clinical Chemistry5
MLS 3555Research Seminar2
MLS 3850Urinalysis and Body Fluids2
MLS 4110Laboratory Management/Edu2
MLS 4200Clinical Chemistry and Molecular Diagnostics4
MLS 4300Clinical Hematology5
MLS 4320Hemostasis4
MLS 4330Clinical Chemistry Practice (ALPP)4
MLS 4400Immunohematology II4
MLS 4410Blood Banking Practice (ALPP)4
MLS 4414Clinical Microbiology Practice (ALPP)4
MLS 4423Clinical Hematology Practice4
MLS 4600Diagnostic Microbiology II4

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete a minimum of 120 college-level credits (1000 and above)
  2. Complete at least 40 upper-division credits (3000 and above)
  3. Complete at least 30 upper-division credits at Utah Tech for institutional residency.
  4. Cumulative GPA 2.0 or higher.
  5. Complete MLS professional program requirements
    1. Meet Essential Requirements
    2. 80% or higher for all MLS courses
    3. Cumulative GPA 3.0 or higher in MLS core courses.
    4. Complete clinical training