Medical Laboratory Science (MLS)

Median National Annual Salary $53,120*

The Medical Laboratory Scientist performs a variety of laboratory tests, ensures the quality of those tests, and determines if a new technology is appropriate for adoption into future clinical testing.

Testing in the laboratory includes but is not limited to:

  • Detection of abnormal cells (e.g., lymphoma)
  • Analysis of enzyme activity in pancreatitis, acute myocardial infarctions, and cirrhosis
  • Identification of bacteria causing infection and evaluating its antibiotic therapy
  • Detection of DNA markers for genetic diseases
  • Processing, testing for compatibility, and distribution of blood and blood products (e.g. American Red Cross.)

Why Study at Winona State

  • Cutting-edge learning experience in the laboratory profession and many other healthcare fields
  • Challenging curriculum appropriate to the needs of the profession
  • Development of leadership, management and educational skills
  • Experienced faculty actively engage students in the critical thinking process
  • Exploration of the theory and application of laboratory testing
  • Theory and techniques in laboratory testing, such as molecular technology, is incorporated into many of the program specific courses
  • Graduates are prepared to become Nationally Certified and employed in the laboratory profession

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019