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Medical Laboratory Science B.S.

  • Students working on medical samples

    Medical Laboratory Science B.S.

    Earn an accredited Bachelor of Science in medical laboratory science from UAA, and qualify to sit for the national certification exam for medical laboratory scientists.

Explore the medical laboratory science bachelor’s degree program at the University of Alaska Anchorage

Home to the only medical laboratory science program in Alaska, UAA addresses a critical shortage of qualified job candidates in the field.

What is medical laboratory science?
Using microscopes, chemical and cell analyzers, and other sophisticated biomedical instrumentation, medical laboratory scientists conduct lab testing on blood and other body fluids. As part of a healthcare team, medical laboratory scientists provide physicians with data to help diagnose, treat, monitor and prevent illness and disease.

Medical laboratory science scholarships and financial aid
Get help paying for college with university, department and program scholarships and awards. A variety of opportunities from private funders, such as the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science and the Clinical Laboratory Scientists of Alaska, are also available to qualified undergraduate students.

Pre-major and full-major academic advising
Develop an academic plan to help you get and stay on track to earn your bachelor’s degree in medical laboratory science. Academic advisors help you with admission requirements, program prerequisites, placement testing and more. After you’re admitted into the undergraduate program, faculty advisors can provide additional academic support to help you answer questions on everything from degree program requirements to practicum placements.

Honors in medical laboratory science
Graduate with departmental honors by earning a 3.5 GPA in degree program courses and completing a quality assessment project in the honors elective course.

Student clubs and activities
Providing leadership and professional development opportunities, the Medical Laboratory Science Club sponsors and organizes a variety of student activities, from fundraising events that help send students to the Clinical Laboratory Scientists of Alaska State Conference to blood drives and community service projects.

Medical Laboratory Science B.S.

Degree Type:

  • Baccalaureate

Program Length: Four Years

Availability:Anchorage campus

Accredited by: National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences

Other program options: Occupational endorsement certificates in clinical assistant and phlebotomist, A.A.S. in medical laboratory technology

Did you know..

UAA’s medical laboratory science program is intentionally designed to build your knowledge, skills and experience, offering progressive certification and undergraduate degree options. In the bachelor’s degree program, you can get certified as a phlebotomist in one year and medical laboratory technician in two years—all while earning course credits to earn your B.S. in medical laboratory science in four years.

What can you do with a medical laboratory science degree from UAA?

As an applied science, medical laboratory science is a very diverse program, creating a variety of options for graduate school and your career. With a bachelor’s degree, you will be prepared to work as a clinical laboratory professional in a scientific field such as serology/hematology, clinical chemistry, immunology and immunohematology, blood banking and coagulation, urine and body fluid analysis, microbiology, laboratory operations and molecular and other emerging diagnostics.

Medical laboratory science graduate programs

Many program alumni continue on to earn graduate degrees to become technical specialists or managers. These are some examples of related graduate degree programs:

  • Master of Public Health
  • Blood Banking
  • Cell and Molecular Biology

Medical laboratory science careers
As medical laboratory scientists, UAA alumni have achieved high levels of success and growth with major clinical facilities in Alaska and beyond, including these:

  • Mayo Clinic
  • Providence Alaska Medical Center
  • Alaska Regional Hospital
  • Desert Springs Medical Center
  • Harry S Truman VA Hospital
  • Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium
  • The Valley Health System

By the numbers..

100%
UAA’s job placement rate for medical laboratory scientists and technologists over the last three years.
UAA School of Allied Health
$61k
The median annual wage for medical laboratory scientists and technologists.
U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, May 2016

Medical laboratory science bachelor’s degree program highlights

The medical laboratory science degree program at the University of Alaska Anchorage offers a variety of advanced resources and professional experiences that help undergraduate students develop the knowledge and skills they need to become successful medical laboratory scientists.

  • Gain valuable work experience in a clinical practicum placement. Over the course of two semesters, you’ll conduct clinical lab testing with a clinical affiliate under the supervision of certified, professional medical laboratory scientists. Clinical practicum placements provide unique opportunities outside the classroom and student lab to work with additional instrumentation, abnormal patient samples, advanced testing methods and other healthcare professionals.
  • Take advantage of additional opportunities offered by UAA’s clinical affiliates. As a medical laboratory science major, you’ll benefit from clinical practicum placements, coursework instruction and equipment donations from clinical labs such as Alaska State Public Health Laboratory, Blood Bank of Alaska, Fairbanks Memorial Hospital and Veterans Administration Outpatient Clinic.
  • Learn from expert faculty who are certified medical laboratory scientists with advanced degrees. With extensive experience working in the field, program faculty leverage their connections with state and national professional organizations, as well as clinical facilities in Alaska, to create better academic and professional opportunities for undergraduate students.
  • Get additional hands-on training in the student lab. Well-equipped with high-tech instrumentation and equipment that medical laboratory scientists use, UAA’s undergraduate program also offers access to tutorials and simulations that provide additional opportunities to practice your skills.

Amazing stories from medical laboratory science majors

UAA's MLS program is a great program and I believe that it effectively prepares its students for the workplace, as well as for advanced degrees in related fields.

Linda Kessner
A.A.S. Medical Laboratory Technology, B.S. Medical Laboratory Science
A teacher explaining a sample to a student

The CLSA State Conference welcomes professionals and students from across Alaska to discuss a variety of current healthcare topics and issues. The annual event features speaker presentations, exhibitors, a silent auction and networking opportunities.

A student holding a sample

Undergraduate students in UAA’s medical laboratory science programs have served as student leaders of the Open School. They have helped organize forums on patient safety, explore case studies on quality care, present to students in related academic programs and more. 

Medical laboratory science bachelor’s degree program curriculum

The University of Alaska Anchorage’s B.S. in medical laboratory science degree prepares you for leadership roles in the field.

The diverse curriculum reflects the changing demands and dynamics of medical laboratory science, with courses in communication, financial operations, marketing, human resource management, information management and research design and practice. Explore test systems and interpretive algorithms, government regulations, compliance and cultural responsiveness.

Top classes for medical laboratory science majors

  • Apply your knowledge while exploring case studies from clinical affiliates in the new Clinical Correlations course.
  • Learn cross-cultural health and healing practices to develop cultural awareness and provide exceptional medical care in Cultural Diversity in Health Care.
  • Develop the skills to lead in a technologically dynamic environment in Clinical Laboratory Education and Management.