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The exciting and rewarding field of Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) trains professionals to collect and detect changes in biological specimens that enable other healthcare providers to make diagnostic and treatment decisions for patients. Our graduates are critical to saving lives and contributing to research and clinical discoveries.

Hands-on Education Medical Lab Science

What is MLS?

There are 4-5 billion laboratory tests performed each year in the United States, making laboratory analysis the single highest-volume medical activity. By analyzing blood, body fluids and tissues, medical laboratory scientists generate the data needed to assist physicians in a variety of tasks, including diagnosing and managing chronic diseases and bacterial and viral infections, maintaining health, organ transplantation and forensic medicine.

What will you learn:


The Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science (BS MLS) is offered through a joint partnership between Oregon Tech and Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU). As the only program of its kind in Oregon and the largest in the Pacific Northwest region, we offer a rigorous and unique education that prepares graduates for career success. Designed around intensive coursework in biology and chemistry, specialized study of the immune system, body chemistry, and the hematological system, and extensive clinical lab work using state-of-the-art equipment to analyze real human samples, our students are prepared from the get-go to be the best MLS professionals around.

To make sure our graduates are adept and self-assured professionals, BS MLS students participate in an extensive externship program. This clinical experience, which requires 40 hours per-week for 16 weeks of applied study and training, allows students to perform a wide variety of testing in a contemporary, accredited medical laboratory and to further develop and refine skills and competencies under the guidance of clinical instructors. We offer externship sites in accredited laboratories in Oregon, Washington, Nevada, and Idaho.

Students who successfully complete the degree program are eligible to take the Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) national board certification examination offered by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).

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Mission Statement

The mission of the Oregon Tech-OHSU Medical Laboratory Science Program is to educate, train, and graduate professionally competent and ethical individuals, committed to life-long learning, and who are prepared to meet current and future workplace challenges in medical laboratory science.


The MLS program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018, 773-714-8880. Web contact at http://www.naacls.org/

About the Program

Degrees Offered

  • Bachelor of Science in Medical Lab Science


  • Portland-Metro

For Questions, Contact

Deb Disko

Deb Disko, Program Representative

Oregon Tech Division of Health Sciences
Department of Medical Laboratory Science
27500 SW Parkway Avenue
Wilsonville, Oregon 97070

Program specific academic, non-academic and admission policies and protocols are available upon request.


An In-Demand and Versatile Career

Since an estimated 70% of all medical diagnoses rely on the analysis of lab work, medical laboratory scientists have a vital role to play in patient care. They provide physicians with invaluable information crucial to the diagnosis, therapy monitoring, and prognosis of their patients. 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.

With employment opportunities expected to grow 12 percent between 2016 and 2026, medical laboratory scientists are in increasing demand. Oregon Tech-OHSU MLS graduates are prepared at the highest level and our job placement of 100% rate shows it. As a result of our high standards and field-ready education, most of our graduates are offered jobs before graduation.

Graduates have a wide choice of practice settings: hospitals, independent laboratories, clinics, public health facilities, forensic crime laboratories, sales and marketing of diagnostic instruments and reagents, federal and state regulatory agencies, and research and development of future clinical tests and instruments.

A sampling of where our graduates work:

  • Legacy Health
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Salem Health
  • Providence Health Systems
  • OHSU
  • St. Charles Health Systems
  • Sky Lakes Medical Center
  • University of Washington Medical Center

I Am a Medical Laboratory Scientist
American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) video contest winner, created by the MLS students at Bowling Green State University.


The BS MLS degree programs consist of pre-professional and professional phases of study. The first three years of the program, the pre-professional phase, students complete a minimum of 103-quarter hours in general education and field-specific coursework. Upon the fourth year, students apply to enter the professional phase of the degree, which entails a combination of medical laboratory science-specific coursework and an externship.

Courses you will take as a student in the MLS program:

Medical Microbiology

Mechanisms of pathogenicity and virulence relating to disease-causing viruses, bacteria, fungi and other microorganisms. Host-parasite relationships and immunology, microbial physiology and genetics.


Students learn to evaluate normal and abnormal blood cell morphology through microscopic examination of blood smears.

Medical Parasitology

Lecture and laboratory coverage of normal and pathogenic parasitic organisms of humans with emphasis on organisms seen in a clinical laboratory. Principles and methods of clinical laboratory diagnosis of infections and diseases caused by these organisms are studied.

Clinical Chemistry

Laboratory practice in chemical formats, data evaluation, laboratory utilization, and quality control theory. Laboratory exercises linked to lectures: amino acids, proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, blood gases, enzymes, trace elements, electrochemistry, osmometry, electrophoresis, and spectroscopy.