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Medical Laboratory Science

The Medical Laboratory Science Program at Radford University Carilion prepares students for a variety of career opportunities in medical, research, veterinary, and reference laboratories. Students enjoy a mix of classroom, laboratory, clinical, and field experiences. 

Each year, billions of laboratory tests are ordered in the United States and medical laboratory scientists perform and interpret tests, make recommendations for appropriate treatment, and deliver quality data to ensure the best patient care.  Medical laboratory scientists are responsible for operation and maintenance of state-of-the-art equipment; assuring quality and delivery of accurate test results and fulfilling a critical role in high-quality patient care.

This four-year degree program leads to a Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science and prepares students for the national certification exam administered by the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP).

Placement rates:
- 2020: 100%
- 2021: 100%
- 2022: 100%
- Since 2010, our placement rate has remained at 100%

Graduation rates:
- 2020: 100%
- 2021: 93%
- 2022: 100%

External certification exam pass rates:
- 2020: 77%
- 2021: 84%
- 2022: 76%

Program Overview

Students in the MLS program experience a blend of traditional lecture courses, laboratory classes, and clinical rotations to prepare them for employment in the medical laboratory field. While engaged in clinical rotations, students will be supervised by certified laboratory professionals and will achieve entry-level competency across each facet of the clinical laboratory. Clinical sites currently under contract are listed here.

Successful graduates will: 

  • Master the foundational principles of clinical laboratory science and testing, including the pathological indications for performing specific laboratory tests
  • Understand system planning, including quality control and method validation
  • Assess a wide range of patient laboratory values and determine when values are abnormal or potentially erroneous
  • Interpret and understand new protocols, technologies and advances in the field of medical laboratory science specifically and medical science generally

Career Path

After receiving your MLS degree, you will have the opportunity to begin your career in a wide range of healthcare settings, including: 

  • Hospitals (inpatient and outpatient)
  • Physician offices
  • Research laboratories
  • Employment services
  • Laboratory information systems
  • Sales and marketing
  • Government agencies
  • Outpatient care centers
  • Test development facilities
  • Educational institutions
  • Equipment testing, maintenance, and development
  • Public health

Radford University Carilion graduates have a 100% job placement rate, and there are growing opportunities for medical laboratory science graduates nationally. It is estimated that the medical laboratory science field will need more than 50,000 new laboratorians by 2024.  MLS faculty mentor students to help them identify the employment setting best suited for them and actively assist students with job searches and interview preparation.

Admissions Requirements

This program is designed for students entering directly from high school (see admissions requirements here) or for students transferring from another college or university (see admissions requirements here).  
Our plan of study can be found here.

This is a baccalaureate degree program and you will receive a Bachelor of Science degree upon successful completion of the program.  Our clinical cohort curriculum is completed as the senior year for students in the traditional four-year degree.

If you have already completed a baccalaureate degree in a related science from an accredited institution and wish to join our clinical cohort, please apply for the Bachelor of Science degree as a transfer student.  Pre-requisite coursework must include Microbiology with lab, Immunology, and Organic Chemistry I with laboratory.


The Medical Laboratory Science program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119. We were awarded five years of continuing accreditation on April 19, 2024.