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2018-2019 University Catalog 
2018-2019 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

120 Credits Required

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

Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (23-24 credits)

Electives (2-3 credits)

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

Additional Requirements

Medical Laboratory Sciences Selective List  

University Core Requirements

  • Human Cultures Humanities
  • Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
  • Information Literacy
  • Science #1
  • Science #2
  • Science, Technology, and Society
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning

For a complete listing of course selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.

Prerequisite Information:

For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.


Program Requirements

16-17 Credits

15 Credits

15 Credits

14 Credits

13 Credits

15 Credits

Fall 4th Year

  • HSCI Clinical Courses - 10000-59999 - Credit Hours: 16.00

16 Credits

Spring 4th Year

  • HSCI Clinical Courses - 10000-59999 - Credit Hours: 16.00

16 Credits


  • A student may elect the Pass/Not-Pass grading option for elective courses only, unless an academic unit requires that a specific departmental course/s be taken Pass/Not-Pass.  Students may elect to take University Core Curriculum courses Pass / Not-Pass; however, some major Plans of Study require courses that also fulfill UCC foundational outcomes.  In such cases, students may not elect the Pass/Not-Pass option.  A maximum of 24 credits of elective courses under the Pass/Not-pass grading option can be used toward graduation requirements. For further information, students should refer to the College of Health and Human Sciences Pass / Not-Pass Policy.
  • Most Medical Laboratory Sciences students graduate in August.
  • Clinical year includes 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 to the overall total of 32 credits at the 40000 level.
  • Students must complete 32 credit hours of Purdue coursework at the 30000 level of higher for graduation.
  • 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.
  • 2.0 GPA required for graduation

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

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