Medical Laboratory Science
Medical laboratory science is the health profession that provides laboratory information and services needed for the diagnosis and treatment of disease.
Pre-professional majors are tracks in undergraduate programs that prepare you for a professional degree after your bachelor’s. A pre-professional major is not a major in the traditional sense, it’s more of a track to follow. A faculty adviser will help you pick out the best courses and extracurricular activities to increase your chances of being admitted to your professional program of choice. Wartburg has stellar acceptance rates with top professional and graduate programs, but remember that just because you choose a pre-professional major and complete your plan, does not guarantee you admission to a professional program.
“When I was (president) at Des Moines University, we had medical students from everywhere — from BYU to Boston College — but the highest achievers were the graduates of Wartburg College. They had the highest grade point average in the medical school of every college and university of the United States that we had. They have one of the best pre-med programs, bar none, in the United States of America. That’s a great asset.”
– Former Gov. Terry Branstad, speaking to the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier
editorial board during the 2010 gubernatorial campaign
Cooperating Institutions: Medical Laboratory Science Programs
UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s School of Medical Laboratory Science, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s College, Sioux City, Iowa and Mercy College of Health Sciences, Des Moines, Iowa.
Course of study
Students complete three years (27 course credits) of liberal arts education, including all components of the Wartburg Plan of Essential Education except one writing-intensive course, which is fulfilled by the year of professional study. Students apply to a cooperating institution or an MLS program accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences. Upon acceptance, they complete a final year of professional study, qualifying them to receive the Bachelor of Arts degree from Wartburg.
12½ course credits
BI 151 Biology I: Cells, Genes, Evolution, Diversity
BI 152 Biology II: Structure, Function, Ecosystems
BI 211 Genetics
BI 305 Microbiology
BI 317 Human Anatomy or BI 318 Mammalian Physiology
BI 405 Immunology
BI 461 Science Seminar
CH 113 Principles of Chemistry I
CH 114 Principles of Chemistry II
CH 211 Organic Chemistry I
MA 214 Statistical Methods
One BI or NSC course credit numbered 200 or higher excluding BI 371 and BI 372 .
One CH course credit from
CH 212 Organic Chemistry II
CH 217 Analytical Chemistry
CH 325 Biochemistry
By completing the medical laboratory science major, students have met the requirements for OCAC/ILAC.
Identified in previous catalogs as either clinical laboratory science or medical technology.