Become a "healthcare detective" through hands-on learning

The Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) employs exploratory project-based learning to prepare students for careers in medicine and research. The degree involves a minimum of six semesters of coursework at St. Edward’s University and one year of clinical training at an affiliated MLS program (currently Austin State Hospital). 

As a MLS major, you’ll have an opportunity to:
  • Supervise complex medical testing procedures
  • Manage clinical labs 
  • Examine, analyze and diagnose diseases  
  • Study advanced science and math protocols
  • Participate in hospital-based training methodologies

In addition, you’ll have a chance to enroll in research courses and join a student-faculty research group with the goal of producing and presenting professional-level work.

Student-faculty initiatives are a hallmark of this program. Meaningful, constructive interactions build significant relationships and propel students to pursue opportunities that align with their passions and career objectives. As a result, our students 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.

Learning Goals


The Medical Laboratory Science degree provides insights into the world of healthcare and seeks to prepare students for excellence in their chosen professions. Through coursework, experimentation and research, students will acquire unique skill sets and invaluable perspectives. 

Coursework establishes fundamental knowledge in such disciplines as microbiology, hematology, immunology, clinical chemistry and molecular biology.

Research and clinical training at the Austin State Hospital allow students to pursue personal interests and develop skill sets that align with professional objectives. 



Graduates of the MLS program have gone on to work in a variety of fields, including: 
  • Hospital laboratories
  • Clinical research laboratories
  • Government agencies 
  • Forensic laboratories
  • Biotechnology firms 
  • Secondary education

Medical Laboratory Science program graduates will have the necessary prerequisites to prepare for entry into graduate programs and the health professions, such as medical and dental school.