Medical Laboratory Science

The LSU Health Shreveport Medical Laboratory Science Program, leading to the Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science degree, accepts students three times a year at the beginning of the fall, spring, and summer semesters. The standard educational track consists of 65 hours of pre-requisite courses that can be taken at any regionally accredited U.S. college or university with an additional 55 hours of professional courses that are completed at LSU Health Shreveport. This unique program pairs academic and clinical experience to prepare graduates for a vast array of exciting career options with one degree. Graduating from our NAACLS accredited program allows you to take the most desirable national certification exam: the Board of Certification of the American Society of Clinical Pathology. 

About the Profession

What does an MLS professional do?

  • Analyze blood, body fluids, and tissues for accurate diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment of disease.

  • Manage cutting edge technology working in the fields of applied medicine, medical research, and the biotechnology industry. 

  • Maintain result-oriented problem solving in a fast-paced environment.
  • Contribute as essential members of the healthcare team.
  • Utilize and emerging technologies to analyze everything from viruses and DNA.

Career Settings & Opportunities

While many graduates are employed in the clinical laboratory setting, career options today are expanding, with opportunities in all areas of health care. As a medical laboratory scientist, you may decide in specialization or opportunities in:

  • Biomedical research and development
  • Andrology and assisted reproductive technology laboratories
  • Organ Transplantation
  • Genetic testing
  • Health Information Management Healthcare Industry
  • Consulting and entrepreneurial opportunities
  • Forensic testing

Job Outlook

According to the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics: 

Quick Facts: Medical Lab Scientist

2018 Median Pay $52,330 per year
Number of Jobs, 2016 335,700
Job Outlook, 2016-26 13% (Faster than average)


 

 

 

The following links provide career placement and continuing education information in Medical Laboratory Science:

American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science
American Society for Clinical Pathology

Program at a Glance

Degree: Bachelor's
Accreditation: NAACLS
Program length: 15 months
Start term: Fall, Spring, Summer
Application: AHCAS
 

Residents of AR and TX are eligible for in-state tuition rates.
 

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