What will I learn?

Medical technology, or medical laboratory science, is a field involving the clinical tests necessary to evaluate health and to diagnose and treat diseases. Certified medical laboratory scientists work in clinical labs in settings as varied as healthcare, research, public health, forensics, teaching and the pharmaceutical industry.

The program provides a rigorous background in biology, chemistry and other sciences. This foundation guarantees a high likelihood of acceptance into fourth-year clinical training with regional hospitals. With this degree, you can become a certified laboratory scientist in only four years and graduate with immediate employment opportunities.

The BS in Medical Laboratory Science is a 3+1 program. The first three years (88 credits) of coursework provides a solid foundation in science and all general education courses required for a bachelor’s degree. In your fourth year, you’ll complete 32 credits of clinical training in an affiliated hospital.


Upon completion of the program, you can take the national exam administered through the American Society for Clinical Pathology to become certified as a professional medical laboratory scientist (MLS). This accreditation is recognized nationally and internationally.

Which department am I in?

College of Engineering and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$17,945.00 per year
Application deadline

Expected November 2021

Start date

10 January 2022


Purdue University Northwest

Hammond Campus,

2200 169th Street,



46323, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

Applicants must have official high school transcript(s) or GED test score report.

Test scores: Internet Based TOEFL (iBT) - 79 or higher; IELTS with a score of at least 6.5 or higher; British O-Level English Language Exam with a Grade of A or B on Ordinary Level of GCE/GCSE/IGCSE. PNW Undergraduate Admissions accepts a 100-110 Duolingo English Test score band.

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


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