Medical Laboratory Sciences

Medical Laboratory Science is a branch of health sciences concerned with the performance and analysis of clinical tests on patient tissues, blood and other body fluids. These disease detectives play a critical role in the patient care team by providing vital information concerning the accurate diagnosis and treatment of disease. Working with doctors and nurses, individuals in this profession draw on their critical thinking skills daily to aid in the promotion of patient health and overall well-being.

A visit to campus is the best way to get to know Purdue and the School of Health Sciences. Contact the HHS Office of Student Services by phone: (765) 494-8533, email: or schedule your visit online at least one week prior to your visit to arrange a time to meet with an academic advisor and learn more about Health Sciences.

Potential Job Titles

  • Medical Laboratory Scientist
  • Clinical Laboratory Scientist
  • Medical Laboratory Technologist
  • Clinical Laboratory Technologist

Experiential Learning

As referenced above, our students spend the last year of their undergraduate education with one of our clinical affiliates — learning in a hospital setting. Here are some opportunities students can take advantage of prior to the clinical year.

  • Intern/Externships with research and service companies as well as criminal investigation labs
  • Lab assistant positions within research laboratories
  • Phlebotomy training
  • Entry level employment opportunities with local hospital labs or plasma donation center

Potential Graduate School Options

  • Biological Science program in virology, histology, toxicology, etc...
  • Public Health
  • Medical School
  • Accelerated Nursing

Sample Degree Requirements & Plan of Study

How do I switch my major?

If you are interested in switching your major to Medical Laboratory Sciences, please visit the Change of Degree Objective (CODO) page to learn more about the process to enter the College of Health & Human Sciences.

How do I transfer to Purdue?

If you are interested in transferring to Medical Laboratory Sciences from another college or university, please visit the Future Transfer Students page to learn more about the steps needed to finish your degree at Purdue University.

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