Medical laboratory science professionals perform, interpret and assure the reliability
of tests that are used in the detection, diagnosis, monitoring and effective treatment
of disease. Seventy to 80 percent of all diagnostic decisions are based on the tests
performed and the results provided by a medical laboratory scientist.
SLU’s medical laboratory science program was one of the first in the country; it has
more than 85 years of continuous accreditation.
Major in Medical Laboratory Science
Offered through the Doisy College of Health Sciences, Saint Louis University’s medical
laboratory science program prepares you to take a national certification exam after
graduation to become a certified laboratory professional. Our graduates’ pass rates
are consistently at or near 100 percent, as is our graduate career placement rate.
Following two years of core courses in basic sciences and the liberal arts, and one
year of pre-clinical laboratory-related coursework, you will enter the practicum phase
of the curriculum in a clinical setting under supervision. Medical Laboratory Science
students at SLU can pursue one of three tracks:
Seniors spend 20 weeks in practicum during either the summer or fall semesters at
a variety of hospital laboratories in the St. Louis area.
During the spring semester of your senior year, you’ll collaborate with faculty to
develop and conduct a research project culminating in a formal scientific paper. Many
of these projects have been presented at state and national professional conferences.
Some have also earned student research awards or have been published.
In addition to University-level scholarships, sophomore, junior and senior medical
laboratory science students are also eligible to apply for a scholarship from the
Doisy College of Health Sciences Alumni Association.
Graduates with a medical laboratory science degree from SLU are qualified to work
in all areas of the routine diagnostic lab including the five major areas of the laboratory:
blood bank, chemistry, hematology, immunology and microbiology.
While most medical laboratory science graduates work in a clinical laboratory in the
areas of diagnostic testing and laboratory management, some choose positions in research,
forensic science and crime laboratories, laboratory equipment companies, or pharmaceutical
and biotechnology industries. Many graduates choose to go directly to graduate, medical
or professional schools.
SLU’s medical laboratory science faculty are certified laboratory scientists who are
nationally recognized within their profession and dedicated to developing competent
graduates who are responsive to the needs of society.
Admission criteria include a minimum GPA of 3.0 in high school chemistry, biology,
mathematics and English; four years of math and English, with some physics recommended;
and a minimum ACT score of 20 in each subsection or an SAT of 500 or above in each
area. The average GPA of admitted students is 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, and the average
ACT score is a 22.
The Department of Biomedical Laboratory Science at Saint Louis University has been
continuously accredited since the graduation of its first class in 1933. Founded in
1929, we are one of the oldest programs in the nation, and we boast more than 80 years
of educational service to the medical laboratory science profession.
Medical laboratory scientists are eligible to take a certification exam after graduation
to become a certified laboratory professional.
Guaranteed Practicum Placement
Saint Louis University's medical laboratory science program's majors are guaranteed
clinical practicum placement in their senior year. Seniors spend 20 weeks in practicum
over the summer and during the fall semester at a variety of affiliate hospital laboratories
in the St. Louis area, as well as distant sites.