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Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science St. Edward's University



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The Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science at St. Edward’s prepares you to become a laboratory professional that detects the presence or absence of disease.

Medical Laboratory Scientists analyze blood, urine, and other body tissues and fluids in order to detect and diagnose disease. This major employs exploratory project-based learning to prepare students for careers in the health field. 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). Over the course of your studies as a Medical Laboratory Science major, you will

  • Master complex medical testing procedures
  • Learn to perform clinical lab procedures
  • Perform tests that lead to disease diagnosis
  • Study advanced science protocols
  • Participate in hospital-based training methodologies

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.

Major Requirements: The BS in Medical Laboratory Science requires 82 hours of major courses. Requirements include a combination of Biology, Chemistry and Math. In addition, 30 hours of coursework is taken at Austin State Hospital, including microbiology, hematology, clinical chemistry, coagulation, phlebotomy, blood bank/immunology/serology, and urinalysis.

General Education Requirements: 57 hours of general education courses are required and completed over four years in addition to major courses.

A few examples of courses students in this major take:

Microbiology - Microbiology is the study of microorganisms with an emphasis on their structure, function, and role in sickness, health and research. Concurrent enrollment in BIOL 3139 or instructor approval is required. Prerequisites: Eight hours of Biology numbered BIOL 1307 or above and BIOL 2334

Immunology - Immunology is the scientific discipline that seeks to understand the nature of the human immune system. The immune system is of paramount importance to the success of humans, as the human body is inundated daily by a multitude of potentially pathogenic microorganisms that left unchallenged would quickly destroy all human bodies. Throughout this course the student will discover the molecular nature of the human immune system including the cellular and non-cellular components involved and how these factors interact to combat disease. Prerequisites: BIOL 2334. Spring, odd-numbered years.

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Here are the different ways in which you can study Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science.

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees

$46,690.00 (34,04,187) per year


13 Jan


School of Natural Sciences

3001 South Congress,



78704, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Students in secondary college preparatory programs, students desiring to transfer from accredited colleges and universities, and students presenting the General Educational Development (GED) degree are eligible to apply for admission.

English proficiency: TOEFL 61 (iBT), 500 (pBT); IELTS - 5.0; IB Exam 5 (English Higher Level).

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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