Medical Laboratory Sciences (B.S.)

Why Study Medical Laboratory Sciences at NIU?

If you have an aptitude for science and math, and are caring, responsible and keep calm under pressure, a career in medical laboratory science (MLS) could be for you. This science-based profession is critical to health maintenance as well as the diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of disease.

You’ll use your analytical expertise to become a vital team member with physicians, nurses, health care professionals, patients and their families. Our MLS program prepares you for leadership roles on health care teams through two programs:

  • Traditional Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Sciences.
  • ADC Degree Completion Curriculum for those who have an associate degree, appropriate certification and necessary experience. (You'll apply to this program as a transfer student.)

Our students secure internships at sought after institutions such as the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. Graduates of our MLS program have a 90 percent pass rate on the Board of Certification exam and a 90 percent employment rate. 

Careers with an Medical Laboratory Sciences Degree

Work in the medical laboratory sciences is plentiful and increasing. Emerging technology in a life-saving environment provides you with lifelong opportunities for challenge and growth. Your degree a could prepare you to work in:

  • Hospital labs
  • Research
  • Blood banks
  • Public health
  • Physicians’ offices
  • Veterinary and zoo labs
  • Forensics
  • Education
  • Health administration
  • Consulting
  • Sales and marketing of medical equipment and supplies
  • Infection control

Additionally, graduates of our program have been accepted into medical school and graduate school programs.

Medical Laboratory Sciences Faculty

Our dedicated faulty have many years of experience in the field and a wide variety of research interests. Among our top-notch faculty is Dr. Masih Shokrani, the 2016 recipient of the University Honors Great Professor Award.


Hands-on Learning Opportunities

Join our NIU Medical Laboratory Sciences Club and get to know other students as you all learn about the profession of MLS as well as increase awareness. There are tours, workshops, fundraisers and social events to get involved. We’re active in community service, and in the past have sponsored the “Be A Match” marrow registry as well as participated in NIU Cares Day.

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