Health Professions Advising Office (HPAO)
University of Mississippi

Medical Laboratory Science

close-up photo of microscopeAt the University of Mississippi, medical laboratory science is a 2+2 program that is not completed at the UM-Oxford campus.  Traditionally, UM students complete two years of coursework then apply to University of Mississippi Medical Center’s Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) program to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science degree in Jackson, MS.  Acceptance into the final two years of clinical coursework in the program is competitive and class size is limited.   

At UM, you will be enrolled in the Allied Health Studies major and be assigned an academic counselor who will ensure that you have the pre-requisite courses needed to be able to apply to a medical laboratory science school of your choice.  Pre-requisite requirements are determined by your schools of interest. Our office not only keeps you on track with pre-requisites, we provide tutoring, application assistance, mock interviews to help prepare for the actual interview, and help with locating schools based on the your criteria.


close-up photo of test tubes with fluidsAbout Medical Laboratory Science 

Medical laboratory scientists are highly skilled scientists who perform and evaluate diagnostic laboratory procedures of body fluids, develop new diagnostic procedures, supervise biomedical research projects, providing technical expertise, manage clinical and research laboratory departments, and analyze and implement laboratory information systems. The major areas of interest in laboratory science are hematology, immunohematology (transfusion medicine), clinical microbiology, clinical chemistry, clinical immunology, body fluid analysis, and molecular diagnostics. 

For more information regarding medical laboratory scientists’ salary, job outlook, and resources visit Explorehealthcareers website.