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Medical Laboratory Sciences

Our Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS) group major is designed to prepare students for careers with medical testing facilities, diagnostic laboratories, hospitals, and in research. In order to ensure that our graduates are prepared for the workforce, our MLS students spend their senior year working in affiliated hospital programs as interns.



BS in Biology: Medical Laboratory Sciences (4 year)

Group Major

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
  • Physician Assistant
  • Pharmacologist

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Hands-on Experience

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.

Explore the Core
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    Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Like Elementary Education major Brittany Cooper ’12, you start your major as soon as you walk in the door, so you will have four years of knowledge and experience in your field.You can even change your mind about your major and still graduate on time with lots of experience.

    Core and the major work in harmony to develop the cognitive skills requisite for success in a competitive, global society. Students better understand the forces that shape the future by exploring the past. They discuss contemporary events; analyze the impact of science on our understanding of humanity and the universe; and investigate diverse cultures and world civilizations. 

  • Professor Fred and Sally Berger at Graduation


    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors, such as Communication Professors Fred and Sally Berger, do more for you—they serve as mentors. Studies show that having a mentor leads to success in your field. Alumni often tell us how their professors not only played a major role in their success, but also became lifelong friends.  If you are undecided about what to major in, we help you decide.

  • High Quality Academics

    In the Core Program, you will be inspired to debate, analyze, and solve problems. Discussion of culture and society, the modern world, and Christian Humanism are just a few highlights of the Program. New perspectives will be gained, your worldview will expand, and you will graduate from SJC as a well rounded, highly marketable person.

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    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life. LaMichelle Sanders ’14, for example, has spent two summers helping Chinese study abroad students adapt to life in the U.S. and at SJC. If you want to start a club or activity that doesn’t exist, we encourage you to start one. At SJC, prepare yourself for what you want to do in life.

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    Real-life Skills

    Because of the skills you develop by having the Core Program interact with your major for four years in addition to internships, job shadowing, and service learning, you get hands-on experience in preparation for your career or graduate school. Students Hanna Kane ’14, Emily Baird ’15, and Alyssa Guarnaccia ’14 collect food in the SJC hoophouse to be distributed on campus. You will also get four years of analytical, writing, and speaking skills that will serve you well for the rest of your life.

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    Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Get a jump start on your career and have your resume ready to go at graduation.  

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    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors do more for you—they serve as mentors.

  • Images of Students

    High Quality Academics

    The Core Program is all about you and your role in the world.


  • Images of Students


    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life.

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    Real-life Skills

    Get real-life experience and become an excellent communicator.