Medical Laboratory Sciences


Your future in Medical Laboratory Sciences

Have a strong interest in biology, microbiology or chemistry? Want to work in the health services field? If so, you should pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences at the University of North Texas.

Medical laboratory scientists perform tests on blood, tissue and body fluids to properly treat illnesses and diseases. Their technical skills may also be used to operate and repair laboratory instruments and monitor quality control programs.

Medical laboratory scientists work in:

  • Blood banks
  • Coroner offices
  • Health maintenance organizations
  • Independent laboratories serving hospitals and physicians
  • Insurance companies
  • Laboratories at hospitals or clinics
  • Pharmaceutical firms
  • Physician’s offices
  • Research laboratories

Some medical laboratory scientists work for the armed forces, Peace Corps, Red Cross, U.S. Public Health Service or Veterans Affairs hospitals. Others provide educational programs, work in quality control or pursue product development or sales jobs for laboratory equipment and supply manufacturers.

What we offer

You’ll combine classroom instruction with laboratory and practical experiences. The curriculum has been developed in cooperation with some of the state’s top hospitals and medical centers. Our affiliations include:

  • Houston Methodist Hospital
  • Scott & White Memorial Hospital in Temple
  • United Regional Hospital in Wichita Falls

Our laboratory facilities in the Chemistry Building and the Life Sciences Complex feature state-of-the-art equipment that allows you to research cell structure and microorganisms. Faculty members in the biological sciences and chemistry departments are dedicated to high-quality teaching and have earned recognition for their work.

We support several scholarships, including the Gladys Crawford Award, to help you pursue your degree. You can become a member of Lambda Alpha Beta, a pre-professional society for Medical Laboratory Sciences majors.

A concentration in Cytotechnology is offered in the degree program. This concentration is available through affiliations with the University of Vermont Medical Center School of Cytotechnology in Burlington, Vt. and the Mayo School of Health Sciences in Rochester, Minn. Both are approved by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (1361 Park St.; Clearwater, Fla. 33756; telephone 727-210-2350).

What to expect

As a Medical Laboratory Sciences major, you’ll study:

  • Amino acids, carbohydrates, enzymes, proteins and vitamins in humans
  • Bacteria and disease
  • The immune system
  • Organic chemistry
  • Scientific methods for analyzing chemical reactions
  • The structure and function of cells, tissues and organ systems in animals and humans

You may also study animal parasites, genetics and techniques used by laboratory professionals to examine cells and body fluids. You’ll also take general courses in management, technical writing and statistics.

Another requirement is enrolling in a clinical training program at a hospital or university laboratory approved by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (5600 N. River Road, Suite 720; Rosemont, Ill. 60018-5119; telephone 847-939-3597). These hospitals and labs typically require full-time training for 12 to 15 consecutive months.

Our Career Center, Learning Center and professional academic advisors are among the many valuable resources available to you at UNT. The Career Center can provide advice about internships, future employment opportunities and getting hands-on experience in your major. The Learning Center offers workshops on speed reading, study skills and time management. Academic advisors will help you plan your class schedule each semester.

HOW TO ENROLL AT UNT

High school students

We encourage you to fulfill the graduation requirements for the distinguished level of achievement under the Texas Foundation, Recommended or Distinguished Achievement high school program or the equivalent.

In your junior year, take the SAT or ACT and have your scores sent to UNT.

In your senior year, apply for admission at ApplyTexas.org by March 1 and request that your high school transcript be sent to the UNT admissions office.

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses can count toward college credit at UNT.

Transfer students

If you’re attending a Texas community college, you should consult our online transfer guides, the UNT Undergraduate Catalog and an academic counselor or advisor to review your degree plan. Proper planning will allow you to receive the maximum amount of transfer credits.

Our Transfer Center will help you make a successful transition to college life at UNT by connecting you with a peer mentor and other campus resources. Each year, 3,800 students transfer to UNT.