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Medical Laboratory Science professionals are a crucial element of healthcare. These scientists provide laboratory analyses and assist physicians in treatment and diagnosis. Generation of accurate laboratory test results requires expertise at the laboratory bench as well as in areas such as chemistry, immunology, microbiology, and molecular biology.

In the Covid-19 pandemic, Medical Laboratory Scientists are serving on the front lines by managing Covid testing for many hospitals and laboratories. The ability to reliably conduct tests, evaluate results, and integrate data helps these professionals keep us healthy.

Dual Degree Pathway

Earn two Bachelors degrees in as little as 4 years without ever leaving Evansville, IN.

With our 3+1 program with Indiana University School of Medicine - Evansville, you can earn a B.S. in Biology from USI and a B.S. in Medical Laboratory Science from IU, in just 4 years!


You can pursue your BS in Medical Laboratory Science as a 2nd Bachelors following your degree at USI! This can be great for career changers and students looking for post-baccalaureate training.


Students interested in MLS training must complete pre-requisite coursework, which is part of their USI Biology or Biochemistry degree. While each MLS program differs, most often you will need:

    • 16 hours of Biology - Suggested Courses: Principles of Biology, Zoology, Microbiology, Immunology, Genetics, and Anatomy & Physiology
    • 16 hours of Chemistry - Suggested Courses: General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Quantitative Analysis
    • 3 hours of Math - Suggested Courses: Biostatistics or Principles of Statistics
    • Other Suggested Courses: Physics, Histology, Comparative Anatomy, Physiology

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Success Stories

Marie Bland '15

Lab Supervisor. Zoetis Reference Laboratories - "My original path was to take the MCAT during my senior year, but after graduating I decided that I wanted to become a medical laboratory scientist. Even though I had graduated, the professors at USI continued to help me with this new path. They helped me find and get into the missing courses that were required to get into the MLS (Medical Laboratory Science) program, they walked me through the different programs available in the area, provided letters of recommendations, and I was even able to spend some of my free time in the USI lab the summer before my program…"

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