Applied Science (Medical Laboratory Science), BAS

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From 2017 to 2019, this program has achieved a 98% graduation rate, a 90% job placement rate and a 79% pass rate on national certification examinations.

The BAS in medical laboratory sciences is designed to provide the academic knowledge and professional skills that allow students to advance their employment opportunities within the fields of medical technology, cytology, clinical laboratory science and related areas.

Medical laboratory scientists, also known as clinical laboratory scientists, are highly skilled professionals who perform analytical tests on blood, tissue and body fluids to provide laboratory information for the detection, diagnosis and treatment of human diseases. There also is a growing trend for medical laboratory scientists to perform wellness laboratory testing aimed at preventing disease. These professionals work independently using skills and knowledge that are greater in depth and breadth compared to those of medical laboratory technicians, who typically are graduates of a two-year or community college program.

The program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science, 5600 N. River Rd, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL, 60018, https://www.naacls.org/.

Additional program information including the program handbook and course guide can be found on the program website at https://chs.asu.edu/programs/applied-science-medical-laboratory-science.

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Applied Science (Medical Laboratory Science), BAS

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Additional Program Information

From 2016 to 2018, the program has achieved a 98 percent graduation rate, a 92 percent job placement rate and a 78 percent pass rate on national certification examinations.

The program is accredited by NAACLS (National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science, 5600 N. River Rd, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL, 60018, www.naacls.org).

Admission requirements

Only students who have been admitted through Phoenix College and who have completed the prerequisite coursework, verified by the program director or program advisor, are eligible to apply to this program. The following requirements are a part of the application process and are included in the separate program application, released to those who are considered eligible during a specified application cycle:

  1. Gain admission to Phoenix College.
  2. Complete the program application, which should include:
    1. student information
    2. coursework
    3. immunizations
    4. basic life support or CPR
    5. fingerprint clearance card
    6. health declaration
    7. experience in medical laboratory sciences
    8. employment observation verification
    9. references
  3. Review and sign the checklist.
  4. Submit the materials to:

    CHS Student Services
    Mail Code 9020 ATTN: MDL Program
    Arizona State University
    500 N 3rd St
    Phoenix AZ 85004

  5. Apply to Arizona State University.

Career outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that overall employment of medical laboratory scientists is projected to grow 11% from 2018 to 2028. This is much faster than the average of most occupations. As the population ages, there will be more demand for trained laboratory personnel to aid in the diagnosis of disease and to help manage medical conditions. The majority of medical laboratory scientists and technologists work in hospital laboratories and major reference laboratories.

Example careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:


Career*growth*median salary
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists 11.5%
Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists 13.4%$82,090
Microbiologists8.2%$69,960

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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