Medical Laboratory Science

Why medical laboratory science?

A major in medical laboratory science is for students who want to be a critical component in helping diagnose and detect conditions that impact human health and who love working in the laboratory.

  • The training for medical lab science is one of the fastest ways to translate hands-on laboratory experiences from Augustana and hospital affiliates into a stimulating vocation.
  • Students engage in the training and coursework required to enter this licensed profession.
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Medical Laboratory Science at AU


Medical laboratory scientists are in demand at hospital laboratories, pharmaceutical companies, transplant and blood donor centers, public health departments, nonprofit organizations and educational institutions.

Hands-On Learning

Research opportunities include:

  • Biotechnology associations
  • Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network (BRIN)
  • Sanford Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR)

Medical laboratory science students study away in:

  • Florida and the Gulf Coast — focusing on marine biology with AU faculty
  • Greece — focusing on culture, health and well-being with AU faculty
  • Guatemala and Belize — focusing on tropical ecology and Spanish immersion with AU faculty
  • Germany — focusing on the chemical industry with AU faculty
  • Kenya — focusing on global food insecurity and education with AU faculty

Courses & Organizations

Students can choose from two tracks:

  • Three years at Augustana + one year in an affiliate program
  • An Augustana degree in biochemistry, chemistry or biology + one year in an affiliate program

A prospective major must make an application to the professional medical laboratory science program during the fall of their junior year.

At Augustana, students take prerequisite courses in: 

  • Biology
  • Physiology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Statistics 

Medical laboratory science students often participate in:

  • Augiethon
  • Tri-Beta Honor Society
  • Biology Club
  • Healthy, Accessible Prevention and Protection for You (HAPPY.)
  • Kidney Disease Screening and Awareness Program (KDSAP)
  • Women in STEM
  • Student Members of the American Chemical Society (SMACS)