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Related Skills

The medical laboratory science (MLS) field requires knowledge in the physical and biological sciences. Having the proper skill set is also important.

Our program will give you the knowledge and experience to develop these skills.

Research/Analytical Skills

Having good research and analysis skills will help you gather information, analyze data from multiple perspectives, and effectively communicate conclusions.


To ensure a successful lab, MLS professionals manage and improve laboratory practices, quality control, and safety. They also teach students and other health care personnel proper laboratory practices.

Attention to Detail

MLS professionals conduct, confirm, and verify laboratory test results. These tests often have complex steps and variables. Paying close attention to detail is essential to ensure test results are accurate. This skill also helps you recognize and identify problems so you can help find an acceptable solution.


The MLS field relies on technology. You'll need to know how to operate, maintain and troubleshoot clinical instruments. 

Computer skills are used to operate systems that input and retrieve data, and to analyze information.

Being Successful in the Field

Once you complete your bachelor's degree, you'll be qualified to become credentialed by passing either the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) or American Medical Technologists (AMT) certification exams.

Related Fields

Medical Laboratory Scientists work in hospital laboratories and many other settings, including: 

  • Research labs
  • Blood Banks
  • Public health (state and community) departments
  • Environmental testing labs
  • Veterinary and zoo labs
  • Forensics (state and municipal crime labs)
  • Infection Control labs

Medical Laboratory Science majors at Illinois State have found success in the field.

Katie, ’25, Estell Manor, NJ

Why Health Sciences?
“The MLS major is giving me the foundation I need to be successful in the lab environment, and to one day become an embryologist.”

High points from your time in Health Sciences?
“I loved the hands-on nature of the classes with labs such as microbiology, hematology and blood bank.”

Any advice for new students in Health Sciences?
“Find ways to prioritize your time to get work done in a timely manner. Many of the classes in Health Sciences allow you to manage your own time – don’t save everything until the last minute!”

Tyler, ’12, Teutopolis, IL

What are you up to since graduation?
“I relocated to San Antonio where I serve as Hospital Laboratory Director of Operations at UT Health San Antonio.”

High points from your time in Health Sciences?
“My classmates. Our small classes allowed us to make strong connections, some of which continue today.”

Any advice for new students in Health Sciences?
“The Health Sciences field set me up for success both initially and for the long term. Trust that the knowledge you acquire will serve you well.”

Career Industry Liaison

Name Office Email Phone
Nick Radcliffe  223 Bone Student Center  (309) 438-2200 

Internship Coordinator

Name Office Email Phone
Meridee Van Draska  FSA 334  (309) 438-8269