Jul 22, 2018  
2016-2017 University Catalog 
2016-2017 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Medical Laboratory Sciences, BS

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About the Program

Medical Laboratory Science is a branch of health sciences concerned with the performance and analysis of clinical tests on patient tissues, blood and other body fluids. These disease detectives play a critical role in the patient care team by providing vital information concerning the accurate diagnosis and treatment of disease. Working with doctors and nurses, individuals in this profession draw on their critical thinking skills daily to aid in the promotion of patient health and overall well-being.

Degree Requirements and Supplemental Information

The full Program Requirements for 2016-17 Medical Laboratory Sciences  include all Supplemental Information and selective lists of those categories which a student must fulfill in order to earn their degree. These are intended to be printer-friendly, but include less descriptive course detail.

Please see below for program requirements and the necessary degree fulfillments.

120 credits

3 years plus 1 year clinical (application required for clinical)
A cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 and a minimum science (CHM, BIOL, PHYS, MA)
GPA of at least 2.75 is required for admission into the clinical year.

Clinical Year (32 credits)

A cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 and a minimum science (CHM, BIOL, PHYS, MA) GPA of at least 2.75 is required to apply for admission into the clinical year.

Student must have at least 88 credits completed prior to the start of the clinical year.

(Course title and number of credits per course listed below vary by clinical location.)

  • Clinical Chemistry
  • Clinical Hematology
  • Clinical Immunohematology
  • Clinical Microbiology
  • Clinical Serology
  • Clinical Urinalysis
  • Intro to Laboratory Education & Management
  • Special Topics

Required Courses in Other Departments (23-24 credits)

Electives (0-1 credits)

An Ethics course (such as PHIL 11100 - Ethics  or PHIL 27000 - Biomedical Ethics ) is highly recommended

All students must complete 32 credits of 300 level or higher courses at Purdue for graduation

120 credits required for Bachelor of Science degree


Medical Laboratory Sciences students graduate in August

University Foundational Learning Outcomes List


HSCI Humanities, Behavioral/Social Sciences Selectives List - select any course(s) from the following subjects

  • Anthropology (ANTH)
  • Art & Design (AD)
  • Classics (CLCS)
  • Communication (COM)
  • Dance (DANC)
  • Economics (ECON)
  • English (ENGL)
  • Foreign Languages & Literatures (FLL)
  • History (HIST)
  • Interdisciplinary Studies (IDIS)
  • Music (MUS)
  • Philosophy (PHIL)
  • Political Science (POL)
  • Psychology (PSY)
  • Sociology (SOC)
  • Theatre (THTR)

Program Requirements

16-17 Credits

15 Credits

15 Credits

Spring 2nd Year

14-15 Credits

Fall 3rd Year

13 Credits

14 Credits

Fall 4th Year

  • HSCI courses - 10000-59999 - Credit Hours: ^16.00

16 Credits

Spring 4th Year

  • HSCI courses - 10000-59999 - Credit Hours: ^16.00

16 Credits


^Clinical coursework in Chemistry, Hematology, Serology, Immunohematology, Microbiology, Urinalysis, and special topics such as: Laboratory Management, Parasitology, etc. The course titles and credits may vary depending on the affiliate site but will adhere tot he overall total of 32 credits at the 40000 level.

*Satisfies a University Core Requirement.

Students must complete 32 credit hours of 30000 level of higher courses for graduation at Purdue.

Foreign Language Courses

Foreign Language proficiency requirements vary by program.  For acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor:

American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, (ancient) Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Critical Course

The ♦ course is considered critical. A Critical Course is one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.

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