Medical Laboratory Sciences

College of Health and Human 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.

The curriculum is structured so that students may study for three years at Purdue and one year at an affiliated school of medical laboratory sciences. This 3+1 program allows students to complete, by the end of their junior year, the coursework required for admission to a hospital-based training program during their senior year; during 2015, 100% of students earned a clinical placement. The fourth year offers combined classroom and laboratory studies that provide experience in clinical chemistry, hematology, microbiology, serology, histology, urinalysis, parasitology, and instrumentation.

Medical Laboratory Sciences also offers excellent preparation for students interested in becoming a forensic laboratory scientist/technician. Students interested in this area should also pursue a minor in forensics from the College of Agriculture and consider joining the Purdue Cyber Forensics Club.

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The employment rate for Medical Laboratory Sciences is constantly at, or near, 100%.

  • Medical Laboratory Scientist
  • Clinical Laboratory Scientist
  • Medical Laboratory Technologist
  • Clinical Laboratory Technologist
  • Forensic Laboratory Scientist/Technician
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