The Medical Laboratory Science program is part of the Department of Public & Allied Health in the BGSU College of Health & Human Services

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Medical Laboratory Science

Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) is the profession devoted to the diagnosis and management of illness by analysis of blood, body fluids and tissues. MLS professionals perform hundreds of laboratory tests that are used by physicians to determine the cause of illness and the extent of injury.

Quality classroom experiences

New laboratories are equipped with a variety of instruments that provide students extensive hands-on experience. Students learn from dedicated faculty that also work in the field.

Stand Out in courses like

  • Diagnostic Microbiology
  • Clinical Chemistry
  • Human Physiology
  • Molecular Biology


Students are required to complete basic science, math, humanities and social science courses. Upon acceptance into the program, students will complete required MLS courses and a required clinical practicum at an affiliated hospital laboratory.  Graduates will receive a Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science and are eligible to sit for the national certification examination of the American Society for Clinical Pathology (MLS (ASCP)CM).


BGSU Medical Laboratory Science graduates average starting salary


of graduates report they're employed, in graduate school or starting a business within six months of graduation

Internships and Careers

Students pursue a guaranteed 18-week clinical practicum at one of 13 affiliated medical centers. Internship programs provide students hands-on learning and allow them to apply their knowledge to real-world problems and situations.

Internships provide a mode of networking as well as making invaluable contacts with practitioners and professionals in the field.

GO FAR in your career

  • Hospital and Private Laboratories
  • Medical and Pharmaceutical Research
  • Public Health
  • Specialized Laboratory Departments
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Infection Control
  • Education

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in Medical Laboratory Science (formerly Medical Technology) are expected to:

  • Perform routine and complex laboratory procedures (blood banking, clinical chemistry, immunology, hematology, and microbiology) accurately;
  • Correlate results of laboratory tests to their clinical significance and make appropriate recommendations;
  • Perform quality control and assurance procedures, implementing and documenting corrective action as appropriate;
  • Recognize unsafe conditions, correct them, and encourage others to improve laboratory safety techniques;
  • Communicate effectively with physicians, patients, and other members of the health care team;
  • Meet professional expectations with respect to the code of ethics for medical technologists;
  • Critically evaluate new instrumentation and methods, and develop new procedures;
  • Read and understand medical literature, and critically evaluate research findings.

Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012 - 2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

The Medical Laboratory Science program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) and is in good standing. More information on accreditation.

Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.

Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The Medical Laboratory Science program leads to professional licensure. More information on professional licensure.

Under the Higher Education Act Title IV disclosure requirements, an institution must provide current and prospective students with information about each of its programs that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

The Medical Laboratory Science program is not a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.