Medical Laboratory Sciences at NIU
Bachelor of Science

Discover clues that solve medical mysteries.

The cause of an illness or injury isn't always apparent. As a medical laboratory scientist, you'll help find solutions to puzzling health problems, playing a crucial role in guiding diagnoses and recoveries. With the strong communication and leadership skills you gain, you'll be an effective part of any health care team.

Have an associate degree? Check out our online medical laboratory sciences degree completion program.

I had a biology teacher in high school who told me about medical technology, and I knew that was something I wanted to do. Once I was in my clinical practicum and experienced the interaction of practitioners and students, I decided that I would like to teach as well.
Jeanne IsabelChair and associate professor, School of Health Studies

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What Can I Do With a Medical Laboratory Sciences Degree From NIU?

Our graduates are prepared to perform medical testing in hospitals, blood banks and other settings. Or, you can begin a career in health care research, education, consulting, or sales and marketing. You'll also have the skills to excel in graduate school or a managerial/supervisory role.

Top skills reported by alumni:

  • Clinical research
  • Health administration
  • Health informatics
  • Hematology
  • Laboratory medicine

Top fields alumni work in:

  • Education
  • Government
  • Health care
  • Life sciences
  • Nonprofit

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Career Potential for NIU Medical Laboratory Sciences Majors

Average mid-career salary:


Top employers include:

  • Abbott
  • Advocate Health Care
  • College of American Pathologists
  • OSF Healthcare
  • Northwestern Medicine
  • Sysmex America, Inc.

Job titles include:

  • Care coordinator
  • Clinical laboratory manager 
  • Clinical laboratory technologist
  • Laboratory supervisor
  • Medical laboratory scientist 
  • Technical specialist

Source: Steppingblocks, 2023

What to Expect as a Medical Laboratory Sciences Major at NIU

Our program emphasizes building your analytical skills and abilities in science and math, as well as communication and patient care. When you graduate, you'll be ready to take the medical laboratory scientist certification exam, which our alumni pass at an above-average rate.

Explore medical laboratory sciences courses.

How We’ll Help You Succeed

Apply for free and we’ll automatically consider you for a renewable merit scholarship.

Earn your bachelor’s degree fast with our affordable tuition and fees. Any credit hours you take over 12 are free (per semester).

Prepare to thrive after graduation with personalized support from Career Services.

With our truth-in-tuition policy, you’ll get the same fixed tuition rate for four continuous years, whether you live in Illinois or another state.

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