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Medical Laboratory Science

The Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science at St. Edward’s prepares you for a career that combines the challenges and rewards of both medicine and science. You’ll act as a “healthcare detective” who investigates, for example, laboratory tests that diagnose for diabetes, heart attacks, infectious disease or cancer. You’ll have the opportunity to enroll in research courses and join a student-faculty research group with the goal of producing and presenting professional-level work.

Students benefit from spacious, open-lab environments in the John Brooks Williams Natural Sciences Center and access to state-of-the-art instrumentation for innovative and collaborative research. St. Edward’s is among the best-equipped small-college natural science programs in the country.

Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science


As a BS in Medical Laboratory Science major, you’ll learn to examine and analyze body fluids and cells for clues in the diagnosis of diseases. And you’ll gain skills in supervising complex medical tests and managing clinical labs. Advanced science and math coursework and hospital-based training prepare you to perform lab procedures, evaluate results, integrate data, conduct research and develop new test methods.

Graduates of this program may work as medical laboratory scientists in hospitals and blood banks or at research labs in pharmaceutical companies, government agencies and biotechnology firms. Students also select this degree to prepare for entry into graduate programs and the health professions, such as medical and dental school. Advanced degrees are required for management positions and greater research opportunities.

Medical Laboratory Science majors gain extensive experience during their fourth year. Students pursuing this degree are often hired before graduation. You’ll apply to this program in the fall of your junior year, and should have at least a 3.0 GPA to be competitive.

Close interaction with faculty at St. Edward’s — and time spent in classes, labs, advising sessions and program events — allows you to learn more about options for careers and graduate work.

Course Preview:

In addition to the general education courses required of all majors, and elective courses, BS in Medical Laboratory Science majors take courses from these groups:

Students who major in Medial Laboratory Science complete core courses, which include General Biology: Cells, Genetics, and Organ Systems; Molecular Biology; Anatomy and Physiology; Immunology; and Research Methods.

BS in Medical Laboratory Science majors complete supporting courses, which include General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Calculus, and History and Philosophy of Science.

This program requires six semesters of study at St. Edward’s and, upon application and acceptance to the CLS training program at Austin State Hospital, one year of clinical training that is directly supervised by medical laboratory scientists. Courses in the MLS training span microbiology, hematology, immunology, clinical chemistry and molecular biology, among others. During this year of training, students receive a small stipend.

Beginning in your junior year, you’ll research a topic within medical laboratory science. In your senior year, you’ll assimilate your research experience or literature-based research and present your findings at the annual Senior Seminar Symposium on campus.

View the Degree Plan (PDF) for sample course information for the Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science.


Medical laboratory science majors at St. Edward’s have the opportunity to complete internships each year with top businesses and nonprofits — locally, across the country and abroad. Internships allow you to learn new skills, explore your passions, and collaborate and network with professionals. An internship experience is an outstanding addition to your résumé and can give you a distinct advantage in the business world and for graduate school.

Our students have engaged in internships with organizations like these:

  • Austin State Hospital
  • Brackenridge Hospital
  • Department of State Health Services, Laboratory Sciences Section


At St. Edward’s, you’ll participate in professional-level research typically reserved for graduate students at larger universities. Students work alongside professors on a variety of subjects within medical laboratory science. Engaging in professional-level research will sharpen your résumé, build your confidence and skills, and prepare you for graduate studies and your career.

Our students publish and present their work — and win awards — at local, regional and national conferences, including these:

  • American Society for Microbiology
  • American Society of Plant Biologists
  • Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students
  • Ecological Society of America
  • Entomological Society of America
  • Society for Developmental Biology
  • Texas Academy of Science

Students also present their research at St. Edward’s University events:

  • Honors Thesis Symposium
  • McNair Scholars Conference
  • Senior Seminar Symposium in the School of Natural Sciences
  • Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE)

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