Medical Laboratory Science

A Medical Laboratory Science degree from UWO will prepare you for a challenging and rewarding career in healthcare laboratories. Medical Laboratory Scientists (MLS) play a key role in the modern laboratory. Their primary responsibility is to perform tests on blood and other body fluids, and they are also responsible for laboratory procedures in areas such as clinical chemistry, microbiology, hematology, serology and urinalysis. Information gained through these tests can help a physician to identify a patient’s disease and evaluate effective treatment.

Being a medical laboratory scientist requires a desire to serve mankind coupled with a willingness to work quietly behind the scenes. One’s work in the laboratory must be meticulous; examination and tests must be precise. Skilled use of a wide array of intricate precision equipment, a knowledge of how these devices work and how the results connect to the patient.

Medical laboratory scientists use microscopes, automatic analyzers, electronic counters, spectrophotometers and other sophisticated laboratory equipment.

Sometimes test results are factual, definite and complete, but often results pose other questions, or serve as hyphens between the questions and answers of medical research.

In the News

Medical Laboratory Science was named the #2 “most meaningful major” by the Education Advisory Board.

98.5% BOC Exam Pass Rate

98.5% of UWO students have passed the ASCP Board of Certification Exam on the first try over the last 10 years.