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 ready for a high-demand career as a medical laboratory scientist or an advanced healthcare degree.

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 University
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Complete the pre-professional requirements with grades of C (2.0) or better, and within the last 10 years before entering the professional phase of the Medical Laboratory Sciences program
  • Submit a department application, which includes the following sections:
    • Evidence of knowledge of healthcare
    • Evidence of the ability to lead or participate in diverse teams
    • Evidence of knowledge of the profession, and rationale for entering the MLS profession
  • Submit three letters of reference, two from individuals who know your science abilities and one professional reference who is able to speak about your work habits or professional behavior.
  • Points will be assigned to the following areas: GPA, application and references.
    • Students who have earned the minimum points for acceptance are required to participate in an interview and basic skills assessment. The skills assessment will be based on the technical standards for admission into the MLS program as stated in the MLS student handbook.


The MLS degree requires 28-31 credit hours of prerequisite science courses, in addition to general education requirements, and 54 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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