School of Allied Health Professions

Medical Laboratory Science Program at a Glance

Degree: Bachelor's of Science in Medical Laboratory Science degree
Program length: 15 months; 65 hours of pre-requisite courses taken at any regionally accredited U.S. college or university; Followed by 55 hours of professional courses at LSUHS
Start term: Fall, Spring, Summer  |  Application: AHCAS
Residents of AR and TX are eligible for in-state tuition rates.

What does a Medical Laboratory Scientist do?

  • Analyze blood, body fluids, and tissues for accurate diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment of disease.

  • Manage cutting edge technology working in the fields of applied medicine, medical research, and the biotechnology industry. 

  • Maintain result-oriented problem solving in a fast-paced environment.
  • Contribute as essential members of the healthcare team.
  • Utilize and emerging technologies to analyze everything from viruses and DNA.

Benefits of getting your degree at LSUHS?

Our Medical Laboratory Science Program, leading to the Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science degree, accepts students three times a year at the beginning of the fall, spring, and summer semesters. This unique program pairs academic and clinical experience to prepare graduates for a vast array of exciting career options with one degree. Graduating from our NAACLS accredited program allows you to take the most desirable national certification exam: the Board of Certification of the American Society of Clinical Pathology. 

Hear from our students on why you should choose Medical Laboratory Science at LSU Health Shreveport.

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Choose a Career in Medical Laboratory Science

What job options are available?

While many graduates are employed in the clinical laboratory setting, career options today are expanding, with opportunities in all areas of health care. As a medical laboratory scientist, you may decide in specialization or opportunities in:

  • Biomedical research and development
  • Andrology and assisted reproductive technology laboratories
  • Organ Transplantation
  • Genetic testing
  • Health Information Management Healthcare Industry
  • Consulting and entrepreneurial opportunities
  • Forensic testing

The following links provide career placement and continuing education information in Medical Laboratory Science:

Quick Facts: Medical Lab Scientist
2020 Median Pay* $54,180 per year
$26.05 per hour
Number of Jobs, 2019* 337,800
Job Outlook, 2019-29* 7% (Faster than average)

*Source: US Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

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