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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 (0 - 1 credits)

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

HSCI Humanities, Behavior/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)

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

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


Medical Laboratory Sciences students graduate in August.

^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 to the 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.

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.

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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