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Medical Laboratory Science

Information session

What: Info on MLS major, career & application process. Take a tour of UWMC clinical lab.
When: Friday, November 20, 2015 @ 2:30 PM
Where: UW Health Sciences, Room D209 (Turner Auditorium)(map)

View video: "Just the Job - A career as a Medical Laboratory Scientist"

Undergraduate Program

Medical Technologist inoculates culture media


Welcome to the Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) Program at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. The MLS program is located in the Department of Laboratory Medicine in the School of Medicine. The Department of Laboratory Medicine at the University of Washington offers a BS in Medical Laboratory Science and MS degree programs in Laboratory Medicine. This site is devoted to specific information about our BS degree program.

Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) is where basic laboratory science meets the practice of medicine. It is a profession of highly knowledgeable and skilled individuals who perform clinical laboratory tests on blood, other body fluids, or tissue samples. This is a critical part of health care, as the results obtained by these laboratory tests are a vital tool for physicians in their diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease.

People trained as medical laboratory scientists may work in a variety of settings. Many work in clinical laboratories in large medical centers, hospitals, and clinics. Others do research in industrial, public health, and medical laboratories; and teach in hospitals, colleges and universities. An MLS may practice as a generalist, using knowledge in several of the scientific disciplines, or may specialize in one scientific area in larger hospitals. Successful MLSes are individuals who enjoy studying the biological, chemical,and physical sciences, and who find personal satisfaction and intellectual reward in applying scientific methods in the diagnosis and evaluation of disease.

The Mission

The mission of the Department of Laboratory Medicine Medical Laboratory Science Program at the University of Washington is to develop and maintain a superior educational program for future medical laboratory scientists.  These well-trained scientists should be knowledgeable, highly skilled and ethical, prepared to practice as competent professionals and to contribute to the changing field of laboratory medicine.

Program Goals

The program goals of the University of Washington Medical Laboratory Science Program are to:

  1. Offer a sustainable curriculum that meets current and emergent educational and professional needs of program students.
  2. Identify and partner with affiliates in providing exceptional training opportunities for program students.
  3. Provide a learning experience rich in opportunities that maximize a student’s potential to attain entry-level medical laboratory scientist competencies.
  4. Graduate well qualified medical laboratory scientists prepared to meet the workforce needs of Washington State and the nation.
  5. Contribute to the ongoing development of the medical laboratory science pedagogy and growth of the profession.

Last updated: 05/15/2015