MajorMedical Laboratory Sciences

The Bachelor of Science (BS) in medical laboratory sciences (MLS) at Wichita State combines quality, accredited classroom curriculum with practical, hands-on learning in Kansas' health care hub. As a MLS graduate, you'll be well prepared to pursue an advanced health-care degree—and ready for a high-demand career as a medical technologist.

Learn how medical laboratory sciences is the right fit for you.

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Applied learning at Wichita State

At Wichita State, applied learning is everything. In fact, every degree we offer has a guaranteed applied learning or research experience built right into it equipping you with the relevant skills and experience to make you workforce ready before graduation.

Admission to the program

For admission into the MLS program, you must:

  • Be admitted to Wichita State
  • Complete, or be near to completing, the pre-professional requirements with grades of C (2.0) or better
  • Submit a department application
  • Submit three letters of recommendation
  • Have a minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Complete a professional goal statement

Inside the Program

MLS graduate presents Alzheimer's research at Harvard, Capitol Hill

Abdul-Mannaan Giles has always had a passion for the lab, particularly in medicine and clinical research.

That interest led him to a degree in Medical Lab Sciences. With the skills he learned in the classroom, Abdul was selected out of 400 national entries to present his study about diagnosing early-stage Alzheimer's to members of Congress on Capitol Hill.

He also presented his research project regarding aerobic exercise in early-stage Alzheimer's patients at the Harvard University National Collegiate Research Conference.

“The faculty and staff set students up to be top-caliber health professionals by finding the right balance between being helpful and challenging.”


The MLS degree requires 31–34 credit hours of prerequisite science courses, in addition to general education requirements, and 53 credit hours of professional courses—including applied learning in local health care settings. Once completed, you'll be eligible to take the national certification examination through the American Society for Clinical Pathology.


A medical laboratory science degree from Wichita State opens doors to careers in a variety of settings—from hospitals and private clinics to pharmaceutical sales and chemical manufacturing—and is excellent preparation for graduate education in the medical sciences.

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