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Medical Laboratory Science Program Details

Medical Laboratory Scientists (formerly Medical Technologists or Clinical Laboratory Science) provide the science that supports healthcare: 80% of diagnostic and therapeutic medical decisions are based on laboratory test results generated by a Medical Laboratory Scientist. They apply skill and instrumentation to analyze blood cells and body fluids, to identify disease causing bacteria and viruses, and to perform testing prior to transfusions and transplantation.

MLS graduates are employed primarily in hospital laboratories, but also enjoy career opportunities in biomedical research, forensics, biotechnology, toxicology, health care administration, pharmaceuticals, and other industries.  A MLS degree also provides excellent preparation for medical, dental, or graduate school.

Learning Outcomes

Bellarmine MLS graduates will:

  1. Establish a personal scientific knowledge base that prepares them to read, to interpret, and to utilize scientific knowledge in clinical practice.
  2. Perform laboratory tests with accuracy and precision.
  3. Understand and apply laboratory safety regulations and compliance measures.
  4. Demonstrate appropriate ethical and professional behavior.

The Bachelor of Health Science in Medical Laboratory Science includes coursework and laboratory instruction in clinical chemistry, medical microbiology, hematology, clinical immunology, and immunohematology (blood banking). All MLS students experience a one-semester clinical internship at one or more of our affiliated Louisville-area hospitals. There are 2 Bellarmine programs which lead to certification in all 5 areas:

  • The Accelerated second-degree program (four semesters) is for individuals who already have a bachelor’s degree.
  • The Categorical Certification option, also for individuals who already hold a bachelor’s degree, offers a 2 1/2 semester program leading to certification eligibility in 2 of the 5 disciplines (Clinical Chemistry and Hematology).
  • The Medical Laboratory Science Department also offers a pre-professional option for students interested in medical or graduate school, and a visiting student program for affiliated universities.

For information about any of the curriculum options, contact us at or 502.272.8387.

Program Admission Requirements

  1. Complete and sign the application.
  2. Submit $40 application fee (fee waived for Bellarmine alumni). 
  3. Candidates must hold a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree.
  4. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  5. A minimum science-math grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  6. Two letters of recommendation (included in packet). In general, recommendations from persons who are able to evaluate either academic or professional potential are the most valuable.
  7. Personal statement explaining why you would like to be a Medical Laboratory Scientist.
  8. Successful completion of required prerequisite courses for the Medical Laboratory Science program. Prerequisite course(s) may be taken at Bellarmine University.
  9. If your undergraduate degree is from an international institution, you were born outside the United States, or English is your second language, you will be required to submit an official TOEFLiBT (internet-based test) score and receive a total score of 83 or higher and a 26 or higher on the speaking test. We will also consider an equivalent score on the IELTS or MELAB tests. The Admission, Progression and Graduation Committee reserves the right to require a TOEFL score from any applicant. 
  10. A personal interview, if requested by the MLS Admission, Progression and Graduation Committee.
  11. Final official transcript(s) from each college or university attended should be mailed to the Office of Graduate Admission and not be marked “Issued to Student”.
  12. If any transcripts or undergraduate degree(s) are from an international institution you must provide an official copy of a third party course by course credential evaluation. The following organizations offer this service and information regarding processes and fees available at: and The Office of Graduate Admission reserves the right to request a certified copy of the original transcript(s).

International Applicants

Please complete the items above under Procedure for Admission and submit the following:
U.S. law requires financial statements from a bank or other financial institution certifying the student’s ability to fund the cost of attendance for one academic year minus the amount of any scholarship dollars received. Figures should be in U.S. dollars and must be certified as an official document by the bank or financial institution. A sponsor may be used if the sponsor attaches a signed affidavit stating that he/she will financially support the student until completion of a degree at Bellarmine University. If a sponsor is used, the sponsor’s bank statement should accompany the letter. The amount that would need to be shown is $57,601. These amounts include tuition and fees associated with the program and an average cost for living expenses, books, supplies, health insurance, transportation and personal expenses.

Essential Functions

Since a degree in Medical Laboratory Science indicates mastery, not only of knowledge, but also of technical skills, and since these skills are to be applied in clinical situations, all MLS students are expected to meet certain criteria for admission to and progress in the professional program. These criteria include minimum standards of observation, motor function, behavioral-social capabilities, and communication. A list of the Essential Functions will be provided with the application; additionally, a copy may be obtained from the MLS Department office in Pasteur 108, or on the MLS website.

Program Start Dates

Fall and Spring

Tuition and Fee Information

Graduate Tuition Rates

Medical Laboratory Science Program Accreditation

The Bellarmine University Medical Laboratory Science program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science, 5600 N. River Rd, Suite 720, Rosemont IL 60018-5119. Telephone: 773.714.8880;
Fax: 773.714.8886;

Financial Aid

For information on financial aid, click here.

All applications and correspondence relevant to admission should be directed to:

Office Location:
Office of Graduate Admission
Allen Hall, 4th Floor

Mailing Address:
2001 Newburg Road
Louisville, KY 40205

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