An In-Demand and Versatile Career
Today there is a greater demand than supply of trained medical laboratory scientists. Employment opportunities are expected to grow 12 percent between 2016 and 2026. The prevalence of chronic disease, a larger aging population, demands for personalized medicine, and the increased use of lab work in data collection will continue to drive the need for MLS professionals.
Graduates have a wide choice of practice settings: hospitals, independent laboratories, clinics, public health facilities, sales and marketing of diagnostic instruments and reagents, and federal and state regulatory agencies. In addition a bachelor's degree in medical laboratory science provides an excellent background for admission to other healthcare professional programs, such as medicine and physician assistant.
As a result of our high standards and field-ready education, Oregon Tech-OHSU MLS graduates are prepared at the highest level. Many of our graduates are offered jobs before graduation.