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Medical Laboratory Science (BS)

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When Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) students earn their degree at Saginaw Valley State University, they are empowered to gain the skills and experience critical to the healthcare industry, providing the data physicians and other medical professionals use to make accurate diagnoses and recommend treatment plans for patients globally. At SVSU, students will complete their professional classes in a small cohort, learning from faculty who serve as mentors as well as critical connections to the professional world. In this accredited program, students will be able to take the National Board of Certification Exam to become a nationally certified MLS upon graduation. Graduates exhibit a well above national average board certification pass rate and are extremely marketable in the growing health care industry, and are making a difference in both the Great Lakes Bay region's robust medical science industry, and far beyond.

Cardinal Points

  • The Medical Laboratory Science program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). Find the SVSU MLS Outcomes Report here.

  • The program's senior class attends the annual conference of the American Society of Clinical Laboratory Science-Michigan to network and learn leading research methods and techniques. 

  • The program features its own clinical laboratory—open to students—with specialized equipment and instruments used for performing laboratory tests.

The Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) program is a professional program that best serves individuals seeking healthcare careers that cultivate their naturally scientific, analytical and inquisitive nature. The curriculum consists of basic science, general education and profession-specific courses that include critical pathway and critical decision-making exercises. Students gain a distinct advantage with a strong foundation in science by taking courses in biology, anatomy, physiology, inorganic and organic chemistry, pathophysiology, physics, biochemistry and healthcare ethics.

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Key Electives

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Our Students After Graduation...


Covenant HealthCare
McLaren, various regions
St. John Providence Health System
MidMichigan Health
Ascension St. Mary's Hospital
Beaumont Hospital

Graduate Programs

University of Michigan School of Dentistry
Michigan State University
Saginaw Valley State University

Career Opportunities

Medical Laboratory Scientist in:
Hospital Laboratories
Reference Laboratories
Blood Centers
Research, Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical, Commercial/Specialty Labs

Technical Sales or Service Representative
Laboratory Administration
Quality Assurance
Laboratory Information Systems

  • 13% projected growth for the employment of a medical laboratory technician. (U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • $52,330 is the median yearly pay for a medical laboratory technician in the U.S. (U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • With a bachelor’s degree from SVSU’s Medical Laboratory Science program, career doors are open to a multitude of laboratory employment opportunities and graduates enjoy a very high placement rate. 

Cardinal Successes

The stories below offer insight into how our students have turned their SVSU education into successful opportunities yielding real-world success.

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