Medical Laboratory Science

Program Type
Bachelor of Science
Radford University Carilion in Roanoke, VA


The Medical Laboratory Science Program prepares students for various careers in medical, research, veterinary, and reference laboratories. Medical laboratory scientists perform and interpret tests, make recommendations for appropriate treatment, and ensure the best patient care. Our four-year degree program prepares students for the certification exam administered by the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP).

Why Study Medical Laboratory Science at Radford?

  • Our program has had 100% job placement since 2010.
  • We assist students with licensure outside of Virgina if needed.
  • There are a variety of clinical placements available.
  • Transfer students with baccalaureate degrees in related sciences may complete the program in 1 academic year.

Careers and Internships

After receiving your Medical Laboratory Science degree, you will have the opportunity to begin your career in a wide range of healthcare settings, including:

  •          Hospitals (inpatient and outpatient)
  •          Physician offices
  •          Research laboratories
  •          Employment services
  •          Laboratory information systems
  •          Sales and marketing
  •          Government agencies
  •          Outpatient care centers
  •          Test development facilities
  •          Educational institutions
  •          Equipment testing, maintenance, and development
  •          Public health

Radford University Carilion graduates have a 100% job placement rate, and there are growing opportunities for medical laboratory science graduates nationally. It is estimated that the medical laboratory science field will need more than 50,000 new laboratorians by 2024.  MLS faculty mentor students to help them identify the employment setting best suited for them and actively assist students with job searches and interview preparation.

Opportunities for Medical Laboratory Science students at Radford

The program has agreements with several accredited laboratories where you will complete your clinical rotations: Quest Diagnostics (located in Carilion Clinic facilities), HCA LewisGale, Sovah Health Martinsville, Sovah Health Danville, Twin County Regional Healthcare, Centra Health, and Sentara Healthcare. You will have access to state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, as well as national leaders in all areas of healthcare practice and administration—all while getting you comfortable with the atmosphere of the field you will be working in upon graduation.

Admissions Requirements

Transfer students who have previously completed a baccalaureate degree in a related science and want to further their education or change careers may be able to complete the prerequisite coursework. This must include Microbiology with laboratory, Immunology, and Organic Chemistry I with laboratory.

Related Programs

  • 100% Placement Rates Since 2010, our placement rate has remained at 100%

  • High Graduatation Rates 2020: 100% - 2021: 93% - 2022: 100%

  • High Exam Pass Rates 2020: 77% - 2021: 84% - 2022: 76%

We get you ready for the workforce

Medical Laboratory Science graduates are competent in all disciplines within the field, giving them greater flexibility in the workforce.

"Going through the MLS program has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I have grown so much as a laboratory scientist and as a person thanks to my amazing professors, peers, and clinical preceptors."

Paul M. Wilson, ‘23