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Accelerated Medical Laboratory Science

Medical Laboratory Scientists (formerly Clinical Laboratory Scientists or Medical Technologists) provide the science that supports healthcare. Most diagnostic and therapeutic medical decisions are based on laboratory test results generated by a Medical Laboratory Scientist. They apply skill and instrumentation to analyze blood cells and body fluids, to identify disease-causing bacteria and virsuses, and to perform testing prior to transfusions and transplantation. MLS graduates are employed primarily in hospital laboratories, but also enjoy career opportunities in biomedical research, forensics, biotechnology, toxicology, health care administration, pharmaceuticals, and other industries. An MLS degree also provides excellent preparation for medical, dental, or graduate school.

The Bachelor of Health Science in Medical Laboratory Science includes coursework and laboratory instruction in clinical chemistry, medical microbiology, hematology, clinical immunology, and immunohematology (blood banking). All MLS students experience a one-semester clinical internship at one or more of our affiliated Louisville-area hospitals.

Essential Functions
Since a degree in Medical Laboratory Science indicates mastery, not only of knowledge, but also of technical skills, and since these skills are to be applied in clinical situations, all MLS students are expected to meet certain criteria for admission to and progress in the professional program. These criteria include minimum standards of observation, motor function, behavioral-social capabilities, and communication. A list of the Essential Functions may be obtained here.

Learning Outcomes

Bellarmine MLS graduates will:

  1. Establish a personal scientific knowledge base that prepares them to read, to interpret, and to utilize scientific knowledge in clinical practice.
  2. Perform laboratory tests with accuracy and precision.
  3. Understand and apply laboratory safety regulations and compliance measures.
  4. Demonstrate appropriate ethical and professional behavior.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition: $580 per credit hour ($580 x 65 credit hours) totaling $37,700
Comprehensive Fees: $55 per course ($55 x 23 courses) totaling $1,265
Lab/Course Fees: approximately $3,000
Approximate total cost: $41,965

Funding Assistance

At Bellarmine, we recognize that the cost of private higher education is a major consideration for you and we are committed to providing you with a high quality education at a reasonable cost. Our staff will work closely with you to explore all of the resources and funding options available. Qualified Accelerated Medical Laboratory Science students are eligible for federal student loans and may also choose to apply to local hospital scholarship-to-work programs. For more information on how to fund your Bellarmine education, please visit and The Bellarmine school code is 001954.


National Accrediting Agency
for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
5600 N. River Road Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119
847.939.3597, 773.714.8880 or
F: 773.714.8886

Contact information

Karen Golemboski, Ph.D., MLS (ASCP), Dept. Chair
502.272.8387 or

Office of Graduate Admission
502.272.7200 or

Sarah Shumway, Graduate Admission Officer
502.272.8271 or 800.274.4723 x 8271

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