Medical Laboratory Science

  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Medical laboratory scientists perform complex analyses to develop data on blood, tissues, and fluids of the human body. These laboratory tests play an important role in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of many diseases.

Program Offerings at Grand Valley

Graduates receive a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in MLS. Students spend five semesters completing their general education and core science courses, followed by three semesters of MLS professional courses. After admission to the program, students complete professional coursework, which includes clinical rotation through an affiliated hospital laboratory. MLS is a secondary admission program. Application information is available at


Students study a variety of topics that include:

  • Chemistry
  • Hematology
  • Human anatomy
  • Human genetics
  • Immunology
  • Management
  • Microbiology
  • Physics

Career Options

Medical laboratory scientists are in demand and find employment in a variety of settings, including:

  • Clinics and physicians' offices
  • Hospital, private, and government labs
  • Public health institutions
  • Research labs

Why Study Medical Laboratory Science at Grand Valley?

  • Our well-established program provides a strong curriculum, knowledgeable faculty, and guaranteed clinical placements to prepare students for the national certification exam.
  • Students enjoy small class sizes, cohort experiences, and clinical rotations at 14 different hospital affiliates, ranging from large teaching facilities to small community hospitals.
  • Clinical courses are taught in the modern and beautiful Cook DeVos Center for Health Sciences building in Grand Rapids, MI in the heart of the medical community including Van Andel Institute and Spectrum Health.
  • MLS students qualify for and two are selected for the Peter P. and Patricia R. Renucci and Family Scholarships.
  • The MLS program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences; 5600 N. River Rd; Suite 720; Rosemont, IL 60018. Phone: (773) 714 - 8880.

For More Information

College of Health Professions
Department of Diagnostic and Treatment Sciences
Medical Laboratory Science

(616) 331-5600
Admissions Office

Students in my class characteristically love science and are problem solvers. Usually they enjoy the laboratory courses the most because they provide opportunities for hands-on experience.


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