Why Medical Laboratory Sciences?
- 1In the last three years, 96-98% of graduates of Indiana Medical Technology programs have found jobs within three months of graduating and 70-86% have had jobs secured before graduating.
- 2Jobs involving Medical Laboratory Sciences are in high demand. For example, 138,000 lab professionals were needed in 2012; however, less than 50,000 were trained.
- 3According to US News & World Report, MLS-related jobs are among the Top 40 Best Jobs.
Careers in Medical Laboratory Sciences
- Occupational Therapist
- Physical Therapist
- Medical Technologist
- Clinical Laboratory Specialist
- Physician Assistant
Alumni Graduate Schools
- University of Notre Dame
- Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University
- Northwestern University
- Indiana University
Why Study Medical Laboratory Sciences at Saint Joseph’s College?
We are committed to meeting the needs of our students. As a result, MLS students can choose from two paths:
- Path One: This path takes four years to complete and is often called the "3 plus 1" program. The student takes “med-tech” preparatory courses at SJC for three years. Then, the student completes his or her fourth year as an intern in an affiliated hospital program, such as Saint Margaret Mercy, Hammond, Good Samaritan, Vincennes, and Saint Francis. After successful completion of the four years, the student receives a bachelor’s degree in Medical Technology from SJC and is certified as a medical laboratory scientist.
- Path Two: This path takes five years to complete and is often called the "4 plus 1" program. The student completes four years at SJC and receives a bachelor’s degree in Biology. Then, the student completes a year of clinical training with an affiliated hospital program. The student who chooses Path Two earns a bachelor's degree in Biology and certification as a medical laboratory scientist.
After either completing the med-tech preparatory courses or earning a Biology degree, SJC MLS students gain an entire year of hands-on experience while working as interns in hospitals. Because our MLS students graduate with real-life application, they are prepared to enter the workforce or pursue graduate studies immediately.
Dedication to Excellence
While our MLS program meets the requirements of the American Medical Association and the American Society of Clinical Pathologists, our graduates’ success speaks for the strength our program. In 2012, 100% of our MLS students became certified and found jobs in their field. Today, graduates of our MLS program run the medical testing facilities in major medical institutions, diagnostic laboratories, and even small county hospitals. They are also involved in research and industry. Our graduates’ areas of expertise involve blood banks, clinical chemistry, hematology, immunology, microbiology, and urinalysis.
Faculty and Class Size
SJC's Department of Biology consists of faculty who hold doctoral degrees in their fields of expertise, have published research articles across the country, and have been called as expert witnesses in federal court cases.