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What will I learn?

Medical laboratory science encompasses the essence of biology, chemistry, and medicine. It is associated with the prevention, diagnosis, and therapy of disease through the understanding, application, and performance of clinical laboratory analyses. Medical laboratory scientists perform laboratory tests on blood and other body fluids to aid in the maintenance of health and the diagnosis and treatment of disease. The medical laboratory science major prepares students for national certification as medical laboratory scientists through the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification (ASCP BOC).

Freshmen enter as medical laboratory and diagnostics interest majors. In order to enter the medical laboratory science major at the end of the sophomore year certain criteria are required: a minimum 2.00 GPA for the first 4 semesters, minimum 2.00 GPA for prerequisite courses in chemistry and biological sciences (science index), and completion of at least 60 credit hours, including the prerequisite courses. Admission to the junior/senior major is determined by academic achievement. Students who meet the standards are admitted to the major in descending order of grade point average until the 36 positions in the junior class are filled. In the past, all sophomores with both a 2.5 or better GPA and a 2.00 or better science index have been successful in gaining admission to the junior/senior major.


  • Chemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Nanomedicine


  • Hospital and private clinical laboratories
  • Public health agencies
  • Industrial medical and biomedical laboratories
  • Research and forensic laboratories
  • Educational institutions
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Fertility centers
  • Physicians’ office laboratories
  • Veterinary laboratories
  • Technical sales
  • Instrument service
  • Management
  • Teaching
  • Medical writing

Which department am I in?

College of Health Sciences

Study options

Full Time (124 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$34,840.00 per year
Full Time Tuition (12+ credits): USD $17,420 / Semester
Start date

Expected February, August 2023


College of Health Sciences

100 Discovery Blvd, 7th floor,



19713, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants to the University must be graduates of accredited secondary schools or have equivalent credentials.

For international students

Applicants to the University must be graduates of accredited secondary schools or have equivalent credentials. Competitive applicants to the University of Delaware have a 79 TOEFL or 6.5 IELTS.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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