Bachelor of Science (BS) in Medical Laboratory Science


Program Description


Are you interested in a career in medicine? Are you self-sufficient? Precise? Thorough? Medical Laboratory Science is a healthcare career that combines modern laboratory science with medical care. Tests performed in clinical laboratories by medical laboratory scientists, formally called medical technologists, assist physicians in both the diagnosis and the treatment of pathological conditions. Medical laboratory scientists perform and interpret a wide variety of tests, ranging from simple blood glucose tests to advanced molecular diagnostic assays.

Special Features

LMU offers a unique opportunity for students seeking to enter the medical profession. After successful completion of this healthcare program, graduates seking to become MDs are guaranteed an interview with LMU's DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine. This is a special opportunity for international students who are normally not able to enter U.S medical schools because of long waiting lists.

In addition, Lincoln Memorial University has been ranked safest college campus. Please see the following-

Description of the Medical Laboratory Science Profession

The medical laboratory scientist is qualified by academic and applied science education to provide service and research in clinical laboratory science and related areas in rapidly changing and dynamic healthcare delivery systems. Medical laboratory scientists perform, develop, evaluate, correlate and assure accuracy and validity of laboratory information; direct and supervise clinical laboratory resources and operations; and collaborate in the diagnosis and treatment of patients. The medical laboratory scientist has diverse and multilevel functions in the principles, methodologies and performance of assays; problem solving; troubleshooting techniques; interpretation and evaluation of clinical procedures and results; statistical approaches to data evaluation; principles and practices of quality assurance/quality improvement; and continuous assessment of laboratory services for all major areas practiced in the contemporary clinical laboratory. Medical laboratory scientists possess the skills necessary for financial, operations, marketing, and human resource management of the clinical laboratory.

Medical laboratory scientists practice independently and collaboratively, being responsible for their own actions, as defined by the profession. They have the requisite knowledge and skills to educate laboratory professionals, other health care professionals, and others in laboratory practice as well as the public.

The ability to relate to people, a capacity for calm and reasoned judgment and a demonstration of commitment to the patient are essential qualities. Communications skills extend to consultative interactions with members of the healthcare team, external relations, customer service and patient education.

Medical laboratory scientists demonstrate ethical and moral attitudes and principles that are necessary for gaining and maintaining the confidence of patients, professional associates, and the community.

National Average Salaries Of MedicalLaboratory Scientists

According to a recent survey published by the American Society for Clinical Pathology, BS degreed medical laboratory scientists on average earn $56,430 /year for the staff position to $92,946/year for the laboratory director position. (

National Accreditations

Lincoln Memorial University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, specialist, and doctorate degrees.

The Medical Laboratory Science major leads to the Bachelor of Science degree and is fully accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences(NAACLS).

LMU MLS Program Outcome/Highlights

  1. Eighteen (18) consecutive classes of 100% pass rate on the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification (BOC) Exam with both individual categorical and composite scores that far surpass the national average for university-based NAACLS accredited medical laboratory science programs.
  2. Eighteen (18) consecutive classes of 100% employment rate of our graduates who enter the medical laboratory science workforce within seven days of graduation.
  3. One-hundred percent (100%) three-year average graduation rate of senior MLS students who enter the final half of the program.
  4. LMU MLS Program Outcomes Spring 2013 - Spring 2018

Admission Application Requirements of the LMU MLS Program

  1. Satisfactory completion of a minimum of 65 credit hours of general education and collateral science requirements with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher.
  2. Completion of 16 credit hours in chemistry including organic chemistry with laboratory and a minimum of 8 credit hours of biological science with labs.
  3. Submission of official academic transcripts from all postsecondary schools attended.
  4. Admission to Lincoln Memorial University as a declared medical laboratory science major.
  5. Completion of the formal application for admission process. (Please contact Dr. Bill Engle at for more details.)
  6. Completion and submission of the medical profile physical form and official evidence of a negative urine drug screen. These are to be completed at the applicant’s own expense. Also, please be aware that in certain academic programs requiring internship or placement in a medical facility, (including Medical Laboratory Science) a criminal background check and/or an additional chain-of-custody urine drug screen may be required by affiliate agencies and organizations. If required, these tests would be administered at the student’s expense.

Admission Application Deadlines

November 15th for spring semester admission in Kingsport, Tennessee and May 15th for fall admission in Harrogate, Tennessee

Since clinical space is limited, all applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Late applicants will be considered on a “space available” basis.

Last updated Apr 2019

About the School

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Our nation's beloved 16th president, Abraham Lincoln, was a native of neighboring Kentucky. But you might not know that he envisioned "a great university for the people of this area" here in the Cumberland Gap. One hundred forty years later, Lincoln Memorial University is the heir of that vision, and we are very proud to wear his name and embrace his legacy. Read less