Medical Laboratory Sciences


Your future in Medical Laboratory Sciences

Do you have strong interests in biology, microbiology or chemistry? Do you want to work in the health services field? If so, you should pursue a Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Sciences degree 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 be used in operating and repairing laboratory instruments and monitoring 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 lab and practical experiences. The curriculum has been developed in cooperation with some of the state’s top hospitals and medical centers. Our affiliations are with:

  • Tarleton State University’s Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences in Fort Worth
  • Methodist Hospital in Houston
  • Scott & White Hospital in Temple
  • Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi
  • United Regional Medical Health Care System in Wichita Falls
  • The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston

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 within the degree program. This concentration is available through affiliations with the University of Vermont Medical Center 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 will study amino acids, carbohydrates, enzymes, proteins and vitamins in humans; bacteria and disease; the immune system; organic chemistry; scientific methods for analyzing chemical reactions; and the structure and function of cells, tissues and organ systems in animals and humans.

You may also study animal parasites, genetics and techniques that laboratory professionals use to examine cells and body fluids under a microscope. You will 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 laboratories 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 that are 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. A strong background in mathematics and science is critical for success in this degree.

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

In your senior year, apply for admission at Apply Texas 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, 3,900 students transfer to UNT. More information about the center is at transition.unt.edu.