Majors / Biology with Medical Laboratory Science Specialization
Biology with Medical Laboratory Science Specialization (B.S.)
Indiana State University
The Medical Laboratory Science Program (formerly Clinical Laboratory Science) is "3 + 1"
program that allows students to complete three years of classroom and laboratory study at Indiana State
University—and a fourth year in a clinical practicum at an affiliated hospital.
The University offers a bachelor of science (B.S.) in biology with a specialization in medical
This degree program prepares students to take the national certification examination to practice as
medical laboratory scientists (otherwise known as medical technologists) in healthcare, industry,
business, and research. The program also prepares students to become certified in a specialty area of
molecular pathology as well as gain skills for forensic laboratory investigation and basic research.
In addition, coursework is excellent preparation for medical and other professional schools.
The program combines patient care with scientific, managerial, and analytical studies to prepare the
student to be an integral part of a professional health care team. Students cover topics from the
application of basic science concepts to specimen analysis associated with the diagnosis and treatment
This is a "3 + 1" degree program that allows students to complete three years of classroom and
laboratory study at Indiana State University—and a fourth year in a clinical practicum at an
Coursework during the first three years includes study in the following areas:
Biological sciences, including human physiology, immunology, microbiology and genetics
Upon successful completion of coursework, students complete a 12-month senior year in an accredited
affiliate hospital laboratory program off campus.
During this clinical year, students work side-by-side with practicing medical laboratory scientists
in hospital laboratories when not in related classroom sessions. Many students are hired by the clinical
facility—sometimes even during the clinical experience—as soon as they have successfully
completed a rotation and passed examinations in one of the clinical laboratory areas. The program has
a 100% employment rate.
Student may participate in several program-related student organizations such as the Tri-Beta
Biological Honor Society, Xi Kappa Chapter. The Medical Laboratory Science majors are encouraged
to get involved in one of the medically related, ongoing research projects in the Biology Department.
Rewarding careers in clinical, industrial, and medical and pharmaceutical laboratories are abundant for
graduates of the Medical Laboratory Science Program. In addition, the classes and clinical experiences
prepare graduates for admission to medical and other professional schools.
Our graduates find employment in:
Clinical laboratories in hospitals, clinics, and physicians’ offices
Research and industrial laboratories
Medical and pharmaceutical sales, service, and user support
Note: Graduates are prepared to take the national certification examination to practice as
medical laboratory scientists in the fields of healthcare, industry, business, or research.
In addition, the biotechnology component allows students to become certified in a specialty area
of molecular pathology as well as gain skills for forensic laboratory investigation and basic research.
Students have many sources of financial support for their studies, including financial aid, work-study programs, veterans' benefits, and special scholarships for entering freshmen and transfer students.
In addition, the Department of Biology offers a number of scholarships and awards.
Prospective students should contact the Office of Admissions for further information and assistance.
Currently enrolled students should contact the following:
The Catalog of Indiana State University is the document of
authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalog supersede information issued by any
academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the
requirements at any time.