What is a Medical Laboratory Scientist?

Using microscopes, specialized staining techniques, chemical analyses and highly sophisticated precision instruments, medical laboratory scientists are vital healthcare detectives that perform tests on the fluids, cells and tissues of the human body. They uncover medical mysteries and provide data to physicians that is used for important medical decisions including interpreting the patient's symptoms, monitoring treatment, researching the causes of diseases and developing new methods for treatment and diagnosis.

VCU Program Offerings

  • Can be completed in just over two years
  • Start in the fall, spring or summer semester
  • Financial Aid available
  • Prepares students for ASCP MLS certification exam

Student Success Stories

"The professors were extremely dedicated to ensuring that we were learning what was needed in order to make us competitive for our job market. I would absolutely, wholeheartedly recommend the College of Health Professions to potential students. It is the foundation of who I am and how I was able to obtain the accomplishments that I have currently."

MLS students working in the labCareer Opportunities

  • Clinical supervisor
  • Forensics
  • Medical laboratory management
  • Technical specialist
  • Laboratory information specialist
  • Research and development
  • Pharmaceutical representative

3-year average ASCP Board Certification pass rate


median annual salary for medical laboratory scientists


of students graduate with a job in healthcare