Department of Biological Sciences

Medical Laboratory Science - Certificate Program

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Why Choose the Medical Laboratory Science Program?

If you want to broaden your career options and gain the knowledge and skills needed to become a medical laboratory scientist, Wright State offers you two paths to professional certification.

Program Outcomes of the Wright State University MLS program for the past five years *


Graduation Rate

Job Placement within 1yr.

BOC pass rate 1st attempt & within 1st year




100 and 100%




93 and 100%




93 and 100%




93 and 100%

2022 92 100 55 and 91%

*Data presented according to NAACLS Standard II.B, Outcome Measures.  Certification Pass Rate is defined as percent of students who pass the ASCP-BOC within the first year of graduation, the Graduation Rate represents the percent of students who progress into the second half of our program year and graduate, and the Placement Rate shows the percent of graduates who report finding employment as an MLS, working in a closely related field, or continuing their education within one year of graduation.

Academics and Curriculum

If you wish to follow a four-year path to an undergraduate degree and earn the Medical Laboratory Science certificate, our Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science (B.S.M.L.S.) program includes three years of prerequisite courses at Wright State and one clinical year of medical laboratory science curriculum including lab rotations at our M.L.S. program and affiliated medical institutions. Completing the program means having earned the B.S.M.L.S. degree and M.L.S. certificate, and makes you eligible to take the ASCP certification exam.  Our M.L.S. program is accredited by NAACLS, 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL  60018.  ASCP certification is not a requirement to pass our program.

Clinical Year/Certificate Program

If you already have an undergraduate science degree, or wish to complete one, Wright State offers its Medical Laboratory Science certificate. If you have earned a B.S. and/or your coursework and GPA meet the program requirements, you may apply and be evaluated against all other program applicants.

View Medical Laboratory Science certificate program information, degree requirements, and graduation planning strategy in the Academic Catalog.


Admission to the Medical Laboratory Science programs is competitive and limited. Application deadline is Nov. 1st of the calendar year preceding May admission. Check the Academic Catalog for degree requirements. Additional credit may be required if program prerequisites or additional science or math courses are necessary.

First, you will need to apply for admission to Wright State University. Admission to Wright State does not guarantee admissions into the M.L.S. program. To apply to the M.L.S. program, fill out the program application, submit three letters of recommendation with evaluation forms, and make sure you have a 2.7 minimum overall GPA and a minimum C grade in all science and mathematics courses. 

Applicants with a degree from an institution outside the U.S. must meet NAACLS, American Society of Clinical Pathology, and program criteria before they apply to the clinical year program.

Applicant Reference for MLS Clinical Year

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