Medical Laboratory Science

A medical laboratory scientist (MLS), also known as a medical technologist or clinical laboratory scientist, works to analyze a variety of biological specimens. They are responsible for performing scientific testing on samples and reporting results to physicians.  

Medical laboratory scientists collaborate very closely with physicians and medical laboratory technicians in diagnosing and monitoring disease processes, as well as monitoring the effectiveness of therapy. Areas of medical laboratory training include microbiology, chemistry, hematology, immunology, transfusion medicine, toxicology, and molecular diagnostics. 

Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) is an interdisciplinary major which prepares students to sit for the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification (BOC), which is the gold standard in certification for MLS professionals.

Students will complete 90 credit hours at K-State, then spend their last year (30 credits) completing a clinical training at either North Kansas City Hospital or Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City. Both sites are NAACLS accredited, and admission into either hospital is quite competitive. Acceptance is not guaranteed.

Academic Advising

To make an advising appointment, call (785) 532-6904 or visit 107 Calvin Hall.


The academic advisor for MLS is Christia Stein. She can be reached at or via the number and room information above. She is happy to speak with those currently in the MLS program or interested in considering it.