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.
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; 100% of students typically earn a clinical placement compared to the national average of approximately 50%. The curriculum also fulfills the requirements for admission to most professional programs in the areas of medicine, physician assistant, physical therapy, chiropractic, and dentistry. 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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Careers in Medical Laboratory Sciences
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
Transfer to Medical Laboratory Sciences
Purdue admits to individual majors. In addition to meeting overall Purdue transfer criteria, such as minimum high school course requirements, applicants must also meet major-specific requirements. The major-specific criteria for this program are listed below. Students who meet or exceed these are the most competitive candidates for admission. Before applying, review the closed programs page to confirm your desired major is open to transfer students for your desired entry term.
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Also: Any combination of at least two courses equivalent to the following Purdue courses — CHM 11500, CHM 11600, BIOL 11000, BIOL 11100, MA 16010, or a calculus-based physics course, with a minimum grade of C in each course.
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