What will I learn?

Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) is where basic laboratory science meets the practice of medicine. It is a profession of highly knowledgeable and skilled individuals who perform clinical laboratory tests on blood, other body fluids, or tissue samples. This is a critical part of health care, as the results obtained by these laboratory tests are a vital tool for physicians in their diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease.

People trained as medical laboratory scientists may work in a variety of settings. Many work in clinical laboratories in large medical centers, hospitals, and clinics. Others do research in industrial, public health, and medical laboratories; and teach in hospitals, colleges and universities. An MLS may practice as a generalist, using knowledge in several of the scientific disciplines, or may specialize in one scientific area in larger hospitals. Successful Medical Laboratory Scientists are individuals who enjoy studying the biological, chemical and physical sciences, and who find personal satisfaction and intellectual reward in applying scientific methods in the diagnosis and evaluation of disease.

The Mission

The mission of the Department of Laboratory Medicine Medical Laboratory Science Program at the University of Washington is to develop and maintain a superior educational program for future medical laboratory scientists. These well-trained scientists should be knowledgeable, highly skilled and ethical, prepared to practice as competent professionals and to contribute to the changing field of laboratory medicine.

Program Goals

The program goals of the University of Washington Medical Laboratory Science Program are to:

1. Offer a sustainable curriculum that meets current and emergent educational and professional needs of program students.

2. Identify and partner with affiliates in providing exceptional training opportunities for program students.

3. Provide a learning experience rich in opportunities that maximize a student’s potential to attain entry-level medical laboratory scientist competencies.

4. Graduate well qualified medical laboratory scientists prepared to meet the workforce needs of Washington State and the nation.

5. Contribute to the ongoing development of the medical laboratory science pedagogy and growth of the profession.

Which department am I in?

UW School of Medicine

Study options

Full Time (180 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$39,114.00 per year
Start date

Expected June, September 2022


University of Washington

Schmitz Hall, 1410 NE Campus Parkway,



98195, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English Language Requirements: 580 paper-based TOEFL.

For international students

Student must have a High School Qualification.

Due to limited testing availability from COVID-19, the UW will accept the Duolingo’s English Test for autumn 2021 applicants. A minimum score of 105 will be required for admission. The TOEFL iBT special home edition and the IELTS Indicator at home exam will also be accepted for 2021 international freshman applicants.

English proficiency

TOEFL (iBT) - Minimum score required: 76, Recommended score: 92 or higher

IELTS - Minimum score required: 6.0, Recommended score: 7.0 or higher

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