The undergraduate Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) program prepares medical laboratory scientists who perform laboratory tests that aid the diagnosis, prevention, prognosis, and treatment of disease. MLS graduates are employed in a variety of health care settings including hospital and private laboratories, clinics, pharmaceutical companies, research institutions, the armed forces, and public health centers. In addition to performing laboratory tests, MLS graduates can serve as consultants, managers, sales and technical representatives, and educators.
The MLS Program is offered at the Lexington campus and at the Center of Excellence in Rural Health campus in Hazard, Kentucky. Within the MLS Program there are two tracks leading to a B.H.S. with a major in Medical Laboratory Science. The Traditional Track is for students who have completed general education courses and have met the program preprofessional requirements. (This includes transfer students and students seeking a second bachelor’s degree.) The MLT to MLS Track is only applicable to those who have earned an associate degree from a Medical Laboratory Technician (or Clinical Laboratory Technician) Program. (This track is offered via distance learning.)
For additional information, refer to: www.uky.edu/chs/mls.
Steven Schwarze, Ph.D., MLS (ASCP)
MLS Program Director
Allison Burton, M.S.
Heather Hardesty, M.S.
Traditional Track Admission
The MLS program has selective admissions and students are admitted to the professional program on a competitive basis. Applicants must have completed all UK Core requirements and preprofessional requirements prior to entering the program. In addition, students holding baccalaureate degrees in a health-related science may apply to the MLS program (fulfillment of preprofessional courses is required) and earn a second baccalaureate degree.
Admission is based on cumulative grade-point average (GPA) for all courses taken at institutions of higher education (2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale), cumulative GPA for preprofessional courses, and recommendation scores. Interviews may also be used in the admissions process. Applicants must submit an application and three recommendation forms.
The application deadline is March 1 for the Lexington Campus and May 1 for the Hazard Campus.
A total of 120 credits (including 60 professional program credits, preprofessional credits, UK Core requirements and the Graduation Composition and Communication requirement credits) is required to receive the Bachelor of Health Sciences with a major in MLS degree.