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 laboratory scientist.

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 reference
  • Have a minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Explain why you want to become a medical laboratory professional on the online application

Inside the Program

MLS students participate in Medical Mission at Home

Each year, Medical Laboratory Sciences students get hands-on experience providing a day of free health care to patients with little or no health insurance.

It's all part of the Medical Mission at Home community event. MLS students help community members in need by donating their time taking blood and providing medical services to patients.

They also provide much-needed connections for continued follow-up care.


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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