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Play a vital role in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of disease as a Medical Laboratory Scientist


Stevenson's Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science combines the sciences of biology and chemistry with medicine and the clinical sciences to prepare you for a professional career as a medical laboratory scientist, also known as medical technologist.

Medical laboratory scientists are “diagnostic detectives.” They apply biology, chemistry and medicine to perform and interpret laboratory data. This laboratory data aids in the diagnosis and treatment of disease as well as disease monitoring and prevention. It is a profession that requires vast knowledge to make life-saving decisions. This is an exciting, challenging and rewarding healthcare profession.

There is a demand for more testing as our population grows older and medical knowledge expands into biogenetics, DNA and cell marker technologies, and personalized medicine. But, there is a critical shortage of medical laboratory scientists nationwide. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects for 2016-2026 the annual number of MLS job openings are 12,900, but the number of certified MLS graduates are only approximately 3,500 per year.

Our program curriculum culminates in the senior year at the Sinai Hospital of Baltimore campus and a semester-long clinical practicum to develop competency in all areas of the modern, automated hospital laboratory, including microbiology, hematology, chemistry, blood banking, immunology, and molecular diagnostics. Graduates are eligible to take the national certification examination to become a certified Medical Laboratory Scientist, MLS(ASCP). You will have the benefits of the MLS faculty who are working professionals in their area of expertise. Our program offers personal attention in a small, select class of students and the networking opportunities as a result of being in the clinical laboratory your entire last semester.

The Medical Laboratory Science degree is a versatile one that will prepare you to become a certified medical laboratory scientist qualified to work wherever laboratory testing is researched, developed, or performed, including hospital, private, research, industrial, biomedical, and forensic laboratories; pharmaceutical companies; and fertility centers.Our graduates are currently employed in many area hospitals, such as, Sinai Hospital, Northwest Hospital, University of Maryland Medical Center, and Johns Hopkins Hospital. In fact, 100% of our MLS graduates obtain full-time employment (many before graduation) or continue on to post-graduate education.

Medical Laboratory Science Program Mission Statement

The mission of the Medical Laboratory Science program of Sinai Hospital and Stevenson University is to provide the academic and applied science education to graduate ethical, certified entry-level medical laboratory scientists. As professionals, they will provide service, research and leadership in a rapidly changing and dynamic healthcare delivery system. The program strives to create an environment that nurtures Medical Laboratory Science as a unique and highly specialized profession.

Graduates of the Medical Laboratory Science program will:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in performing the full range of clinical laboratory tests in the contemporary clinical laboratory.
  • Evaluate test systems and diagnostic algorithms in terms of diagnostic value, compliance outcomes, and cost-effectiveness.
  • Evaluate the results of laboratory analyses for accuracy and validity, and correlate laboratory data to disease processes.
  • Apply the principles and practices of quality assurance/quality improvement as applied to the pre-analytical, analytical, and post-analytical components of laboratory services.
  • Exhibit the ethical and professional behaviors required within the healthcare delivery system.
  • Communicate effectively orally, in writing, and through laboratory information systems in order to consult with members of the healthcare team, to provide patient education and customer service, and to interact with external parties.
  • Use research design/practice skills to evaluate published studies and investigate clinical laboratory issues/problems.
  • Exhibit an understanding of the concepts and principles of laboratory management such as human resource management, finance, operations, regulatory compliance, performance improvement, critical pathways and clinical decision-making.
  • Demonstrate understanding of education techniques and terminology to train/educate users and providers of laboratory services.
  • Seek national certification as a Medical Laboratory Scientist and pursue employment within this field or a related field or continue to post-graduate education.



The Medical Laboratory Science program is accredited through April, 2030 by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS); 5600 North River Road, Suite 72; 60018-5119; 773-714-8880;

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Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

Career Paths for Medical Laboratory Science Majors

Graduates of our Medical Laboratory Science program embark on many rewarding career choices, including:

  • Medical Laboratory Scientist
  • Molecular Biology Technologist
  • Specialist in Blood Banking
  • Point of Care Coordinator
  • Infection Preventionist
  • Laboratory Information Systems Specialist

Curious about internships and job placement after you graduate? Visit our Office of Career Services.

Courses and Tracks


The courses listed below are required for completion of the bachelor’s degree in medical laboratory science. Students must also complete the requirements for the Stevenson Educational Experience (SEE).

Specific pre- and co-requisites for each course are listed in the course descriptions.

Major Requirements

FYS 100 First Year Seminar 1 credit
BIO 112 Principles of General Biology 3 credits
BIO 113 General Biology I: Cell Biology and Genetics 3 credits
BIO 113L General Biology I Laboratory: Cell Biology and Genetics 1 credit
BIO 203 Microbiology 4 credits
BIO 217 Principles of Biochemistry 3 credits
BIO 222 Human Anatomy 4 credits
BIO 230 Genetics 4 credits
BIO 322 Human Physiology 4 credits
CHEM 114 General Chemistry I with Problem Solving 3 credits
CHEM 115 General Chemistry I 3 credits
CHEM 115L General Chemistry I Laboratory 1 credit
CHEM 116 General Chemistry II 3 credits
CHEM 116L General Chemistry II Laboratory 1 credit
MATH 136 Introduction to Statistics 4 credits
MLS 210 Principles of Laboratory Science 3 credits
MLS 310 Hematology I 3 credits
MLS 310L Hematology I Laboratory 1 credit
MLS 311 Communication and Cultural Competence in Health Care 3 credits
MLS 315 Clinical Mycology, Parasitology and Virology 2 credits
MLS 320 Urinalysis and Body Fluids 2 credits
MLS 320L Urinalysis and Body Fluids Laboratory 1 credit
MLS 325 Clinical Chemistry I 3 credits
MLS 325L Clinical Chemistry I Lab 1 credit
MLS 330 Clinical Microbiology I 3 credits
MLS 330L Clinical Microbiology I Lab 1 credit
MLS 335 Clinical Laboratory Management 3 credits
MLS 338 Molecular and Immunologic Diagnostics 3 credits
MLS 338L Molecular and Immunologic Diagnostics Lab 1 credit
MLS 405 Transfusion Medicine 4 credits
MLS 410 Hematology II 3 credits
MLS 420 Clinical Microbiology II 4 credits
MLS 425 Clinical Chemistry II 3 credits
MLS 430 Professional Research and Writing 4 credits
MLS 431 Clinical Chemistry Practicum 3 credits
MLS 432 Clinical Hematology Practicum 3 credits
MLS 433 Clinical Microbiology Practicum 3 credits
MLS 434 Clinical Immunohematology Practicum 3 credits
SCI 215 Writing in the Sciences 3 credits


Explore our academic catalog for a full listing of courses, course descriptions, suggested course sequences, and more.


Transfer Plan

Military-trained, ASCP certified Medical Laboratory Technician (GWU METC)

Minors and Other Options


The discipline minor in Medical Laboratory Science requires successful completion of a minimum of six courses and 18 credits of courses with a MLS designation. Senior level (400-level) MLS courses are not eligible for this minor. Depending on the courses taken, students may partially fulfill the requirements for categorical certification from the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP). See the Program Coordinator for further information regarding this minor. General guidelines regarding minors may be found in the Minors section of the catalog.

Other Options

Categorical Certificate Training Program

The Categorical Certificate Training Program is available for students who may want to become certified as a technologist in a laboratory discipline to be eligible for employment in the clinical laboratory. Requirements for this training program can be satisfied by pursing the minor in Medical Laboratory Science. Please see the Program Coordinator for further information regarding this certificate program.

Articulation Agreements

It is possible for students to transfer credits from the following programs that count in the Stevenson Educational Experience (SEE) and the Medical Laboratory Science curriculum.

Community College of Baltimore County, Associate of Applied Science, Medical Laboratory Technology

Anne Arundel Community College, Associate of Applied Science, Medical Laboratory Technology

Howard Community College

Military-trained, ASCP certified Medical Laboratory Technician (GWU METC)

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