MLS Undergraduate Program

Welcome to the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology's Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) Undergraduate Program at the University of Washington! Our program offers training in MLS, where basic laboratory science meets the practice of medicine.

Why MLS?

A critical part of health care, MLS is a profession of highly knowledgeable and skilled individuals who perform clinical laboratory tests on blood, other body fluids, or tissue samples. Results obtained by these laboratory tests are a vital tool for physicians in their diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. Successful medical laboratory scientists enjoy studying the biological, chemical, and physical sciences, and find personal satisfaction and intellectual reward in applying scientific methods in the diagnosis and evaluation of disease.

People trained as medical laboratory scientists:
- work in clinical laboratories in large medical centers, hospitals, and clinics
- conduct research in industrial, public health, and medical laboratories
- teach in hospitals, colleges, and universities

View employment rates and program outcomes for MLS graduates.

Learn More About MLS

The MLS Program is a full-time, four-year course of study and is divided into two major parts: the Pre-professional Phase and the Professional Phase. Learn more about these phases and our graduation requirements. Graduates of the program earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Laboratory Science.

Join us for our upcoming information sessions via Zoom, which will include details about our application process, major, and career options. All sessions are at 4pm Pacific Time. Registration required; sign up for a session today. You can view the MLS information sessions slides ahead of time.

October 16, 2024
November 20, 2024
December 18, 2024
January 15, 2025

This online information session will be facilitated by the MLS academic advisor and provides information about what a medical laboratory scientist does, program admissions, didactic coursework, and clinical internship experiences.

Still have questions? View our FAQs.

Applications Are Due February 15

Ready to apply? Please click on the category below that applies to your current status, follow the directions on that page.

Current UW-Seattle Students
Postbaccalaureate Students
Transfer Students

Academic Advising and Contact Information

If you need information about the program, please contact the academic advisor, Heather Eggleston, at to answer your questions or to schedule an advising appointment in-person, via Zoom, or phone.

MLS Undergraduate Program
Department of Laboratory Medicine & Pathology
Box 357110
1959 NE Pacific Street, NW120
Seattle, WA 98195-7110
Tel: 206.598.2162

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