Pre-Medical Laboratory Science
Medical laboratory scientists (formally known as clinical laboratory scientists or medical technologists) are responsible for the development, performance, and evaluation of laboratory testing that is needed in patient medical care and clinical research. They analyze samples of blood, tissue, and body fluids using cutting-edge technology and a variety of analytical techniques. Medical lab scientists also interpret laboratory results, integrate data, solve problems, consult with physicians, conduct research, and evaluate new test methods. Up to 80% of all medical decisions are based on their accurate and precise results. Medical lab scientists work in many different environments and several areas of expertise. They often do not have extensive contact with patients, but are an integral part of the healthcare and diagnosis team.
Specific admission requirements vary per medical laboratory science program. You should consult with schools of interest to determine their specific admission requirements. A list of generally accepted prerequisite courses for UNMC's clinical laboratory science program, with specific UNL courses that fulfill each requirement, is available by downloading the program checklist above.
Suggested academic preparation:
- 77 undergraduate credit hours- Students pursuing a career in medical lab science generally complete three years (77 credit hours) of prerequisite courses at UNL.
- Competitive academic record- Admission into the medical lab science programs is partially based on cumulative GPA, math/science GPA, and course loads/levels, so you should concentrate on taking full semester loads (15-17 credit hours) and earning good grades in all courses, but especially in math and science courses.
- No UNL major required- Students will earn their degree from their professional school.
We recommend you meet with an Explore Center advisor once a semester to ensure you are progressing with the correct academic coursework.
There are opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate degrees for medical laboratory science.
The University of Nebraska Medical Center (Omaha, NE) offers a Bachelor of Science in Medical Lab Science during which students complete 43 credit hour (11 month) program. Length of other programs vary.
To learn more about other educational opportunities within this field please see the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science website.
No Centralized Application Service
The application process for medical lab science programs vary by individual program, so check schools' websites for deadline dates and applications. Prior to applying, it is highly recommended that you shadow and observe professionals in a clinical lab.
For UNMC's program, apply online at the University of Nebraska Medical Center website.
You should check with the individual programs but most medical laboratory science schools do not currently require a standardized entrance exam.