Medical Laboratory Science Program (Bachelor of Science)

Turn Your Love of Science into an In-Demand Career

As a medical laboratory scientist, you’ll identify sources of disease and determine the validity of data that allows physicians to make their patient diagnosis. Whether it’s analyzing blood and tissue samples, matching blood types, looking for cellular abnormalities, or identifying parasites and bacteria, GMercyU’s bachelor's degree (BS) in medical laboratory science will help you make a difference in people’s lives through problem-solving in a clinical lab. 

The GMercyU Difference

If you’re passionate about science, this program will offer you exciting learning experiences where you can explore specialized areas, such as cytology (working with DNA & RNA), immunology, biotechnology, and applied molecular technology. You’ll have access to the latest biomedical instruments and computer programs as you learn how to conduct and evaluate scientific tests on bodily fluids and tissues.

You can further increase your employability by graduating with a bachelor’s degree and the preparation you need to gain certification as a medical laboratory scientist (MLS) by passing the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) boards. Our 3+1 program includes three years on Gwynedd Mercy University’s campus completing required general education and science courses, and one year of hands-on and classroom instruction at an affiliate program as you prepare to pass the ASCP boards.

Other benefits include:

  • Senior year off-campus will be spent in the respected medical laboratory science programs for students who apply and are accepted. These include:
    • Pennsylvania Hospital’s School of Medical Laboratory Science (Philadelphia, PA)
    • St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children’s School of Medical Laboratory Science (Philadelphia, PA)
    • Reading Hospital (Reading, PA)
    • If accepted, you also have the option of transferring to Thomas Jefferson University in your junior or senior year to complete your bioscience degree.
  • Personalized learning experience with our low classroom student-faculty ratio
  • All courses taught by experienced faculty members (no teaching assistants at GMercyU!)
  • Affiliations with the area’s 3 leading MLS programs 
  • Obtain extra support and advisement from the medical laboratory science program’s designated Campus Coordinator
  • Access to clinical training at an affiliate program while still participating in classes, receiving credit towards a bachelor’s degree, and maintaining eligibility for federal financial aid through GMercyU

Undergraduate Minors 

Increase the value of your degree by adding an undergraduate minor. GMercyU offers a wide variety of minors so you can choose the one that best meets your personal and professional goals.


In addition to completing your general education requirements, you will need to complete the following courses for the medical laboratory sciences program:

Medical Laboratory Science – 35 Credits

MLS 410  Medical Immunohematology – 2 Credits
MLS 425 Advanced Hematology & Coagulation – 2 Credits
MLS 435 Immunology – 2 Credits
MLS 445 Medical Chemistry – 4 Credits
MLS 455 Medical Microbiology – 5 Credits
MLS 415 Clinical Immunohematology – 2 Credits
MLS 420 Basic Hematology and Coagulation – 2 Credits
MLS 430 Clinical Hematology and Coagulation – 2 Credits
MLS 440 Urinalysis & Other Body Fluid – 2 Credits
MLS 450 Clinical Chemistry – 4 Credits
MLS 460 Clinical Microbiology – 4 Credits
MLS 475 Clinical Seminar/Capstone – 4 Credits

Natural & Computational Sciences – 38-43 Credits

BIO 203/203L General Biology I
BIO 251/251L or BIO 402/402L Genetics or Molecular Biology of Cells
BIO 305/305L Biology of Microorganisms
BIO 313 Immunology
CHM 151/151L Principles of Chemistry I
CHM 152/152L Principles of Chemistry II
CHM 203/203L Organic Chemistry I
CHM 204/204L Organic Chemistry II
CHM 301/301L Biochemistry

Students who have an associate degree in Medical Laboratory Technology - 3 Credits

BIO 103 Human Anatomy

Students who don’t have an associate degree in Medical Laboratory Technology - 8 Credits

BIO 107/107L Anatomy & Physiology I
BIO 108/108L Anatomy & Physiology II

Your senior year will be spent off-campus at an affiliate Medical Laboratory Sciences Program, gaining the additional classroom and hands-on experience you need to succeed in this field.

Credit Requirement
You must complete a minimum of 120 credits for a bachelor of medical laboratory science degree.

See the undergraduate catalog for more information and course descriptions.

VA Tuition

While at an affiliate radiography program: Students who receive tuition assistance from the Veterans Administration (VA) should be aware that once they enter the affiliate program, the University will no longer be the liaison for processing VA tuition transactions. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the affiliate program to find out if they are a VA participating program prior to applying.  The certifying official at a VA participating affiliate will assume the role of processing VA benefits while enrolled in the affiliate program. The student should also contact the VA directly for additional information.

Our Outstanding Faculty

Career Outcomes

Upon graduation, your skills will be in high demand, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics projecting much faster than average job growth for clinical and medical laboratory scientists through 2022. This degree can be a springboard to employment in many industries.

Possible careers for medical laboratory science majors

•    Bacteriologist
•    Blood Bank Technologist
•    Crime Lab Analyst
•    Food and Drug Inspector
•    Medical Laboratory Manager

•    Medical Equipment Sales Representative
•    Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
•    Public Health Specialist
•    Research Assistant

*Some of these careers may require additional education.

*This is only a partial list and not meant to limit you.