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Enter a field that combines the challenges and rewards of medicine and science for the sake of better health care.

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MLS Information Sessions

    MLS Information sessions are an excellent opportunity to have your questions answered, meet faculty, learn about the application process and tour the Oregon Tech Portland-Metro campus.

    Upcoming Information Sessions for prospective MLS students:

    • Wednesday, May 27, at 7pm.
    • This meeting will be a Zoom meeting. Please contact deb.disko@oit.edu for connection information and to RSVP. 
    To prepare we recommend that you read over our website, especially the Prospective Students and How To Apply pages.

Admissions Update

First round of admissions are closed for the fall 2020 MLS professional program.

We will continue with rolling admissions and continue to accept additional applications until cohort is filled. Please review our Prospective Student and How To Apply pages for further information.

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.

Medical Lab Science Students

What is MLS?

MLS is the science behind diagnostic testing. It is estimated that up to 75% of clinicians' decisions regarding a patient's diagnosis and treatment are based on laboratory test results. 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 diseases and and maintaining patient health.

Medical Lab Science OHSU

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.

MLS Students Studying

The Oregon Tech-OHSU Medical Lab Science program offers...

  • Excellent and experienced faculty and staff who are dedicated to student success.
  • Hands-on student laboratories.
  • A competitive admissions process.
  • A cohort model with dedicated students.
  • Supportive industry partners with over 50 clinical externship affiliates.
  • an OHSU partnership.

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).

ASCP Board of Certification (BOC) Scores



Oregon Tech/OHSU MLS Program

Mean Scaled Score: 529



National - All Programs

Mean Scaled score: 498

MLS 80 Years

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.

The Anatomy and Physiology Course Series is available at the Klamath Falls, Portland-Metro and Online campuses.


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.

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.