Medical Laboratory Sciences

Medical Laboratory Sciences

The Medical Laboratory Sciences Program is one of the primary components of the University of West Florida’s College of Health. The Bachelor's degree program prepares students for immediate employment in a medical laboratory as a medical laboratory scientist.

Building upon a foundation of biology and chemistry courses, the Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS) Program prepares students to enter the MLS profession through advanced hands-on training in the medical laboratory sciences.

Upon completion of the program and the achievement of certification and license, medical laboratory scientists are employed in a variety of health-care settings as laboratory technologists, progressing to supervisory and management positions. Others work in research labs, reference labs, public-health labs, blood banks, crime labs, and physicians’ office labs.

Graduates take the national board examination offered by the American Society for Clinical Pathology to be credentialed as MLS (ASCP). Alumni work in microbiology, hematology, clinical chemistry, molecular diagnostics and transfusion services. MLS graduates from UWF make significant contributions to the health and welfare of the public in Florida, Alabama and nationwide.

The UWF program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Medical Laboratory Sciences. Information about NAACLS can be obtained from:
5600 N. River Road Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119

Student Outcomes Measures


Graduation YearNumber of GraduatesGraduation RatesAttrition Rate
2013 27 96% 4%
2014 28 100% 0%
2015 26 100% 0%
2016 25 89% 11%
Graduation YearASCP National Board
Exam Overall Pass Rate
Medical Laboratory employment placement
rates within 6 months of graduation
2013 100% 93%
2014 96% 89%
2015 92% 96%
2016 100% 92%