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Medical Laboratory Science

The Bachelor of Science degree in medical laboratory science at the University of Mount Union combines three years of on-campus study with a final year of professional training in medical technology and laboratory science at one of our affiliated hospital-based schools. This clinical year amounts to 2,000 hours of intense study and lab experience, culminating in a comprehensive examination.

Ultimately, the medical laboratory science degree prepares students for a rewarding career in a high-demand field through the extensive teaching and practice of modern medicine.

Medical Laboratory Science Quick Facts

The four-year medical laboratory science program requires 72 total credit hours of coursework in the first three years, and a clinical training period during the final year. The medical laboratory science major provides ample experiential learning opportunities that prepare students for a variety of careers:  

  • Mount Union’s medical laboratory science majors are exposed to independent research, research with faculty or student peers, laboratory experience, internships, and professional training at the Cleveland Clinic
  • Common careers include positions in pathology, hematology, immunology and microbiology


During your first three years as a medical laboratory science major at the University of Mount Union, you will explore concepts in chemistry, genetics, microbiology and the unity and diversity of life. These courses will help prepare you for clinical training, which takes place in a hospital affiliate.

In addition to your classroom studies, you will be required to take a “clinical year” of training at one of our affiliated hospital-based schools as part of the medical laboratory science major requirements. This clinical year amounts to 2,000 hours of intense study and laboratory experience culminating in a comprehensive examination, all parts of which must be passed in order to graduate.  The clinical training begins in the July immediately following your third year on campus, and lasts until July of the following year. 


  • Students will demonstrate scientific inquiry in course and lab assignments.
  • Students will demonstrate effective verbal and written communication skills appropriate to the scientific community.
  • Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills in examining current issues in the natural sciences.
  • Students will demonstrate effective analysis of scientific issues through the use of case studies, laboratory and field research work.
  • Students will be academically prepared for their fourth-year professional training.

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