Medical Laboratory Science

About the medical laboratory major

The medical laboratory science program provides a science-oriented curriculum that prepares you to accurately perform clinical laboratory procedures on biological samples from patients. Clinical laboratory technicians analyze simple and complex chemical components in body fluids, evaluate cellular components of blood, identify microorganisms and their antibiotic susceptibility patterns, and test compatibility when preparing blood products for administration to patients. This work helps physicians in diagnosing and treating diseases.

Skills and abilities this major develops: observations, scientific inquiry, attention to detail, knowledge of human body systems, and use of current technologies.

Engaged learning experiences

Regardless of your major or future career, engaged learning is vital to your present and future. It makes you more marketable for jobs and professional schools upon graduation, it enables you to build deeper connections with faculty and staff in your field of study, and it makes your learning personal by connecting your interests and values with the curriculum from your classes. Check out the three ideas below for places to get started, or learn more at IU Indianapolis’s Institute for Engaged Learning website.

Quick facts

Sample coursework

  • Genetics
  • Immunology
  • Microbiology
  • Mycology/parasitology
  • Statistics
  • Topics in medical technology

Possible careers

  • Clinical laboratory technician
  • Consumer-product testing professional
  • Forensic biologist scientist
  • Laboratory manager
  • Research and product development professional

Where could I work?

  • Advanced Testing Laboratory
  • American Health Network 
  • AmeriPath Inc.
  • Mid America Clinical Labs
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Health and Life Sciences Cluster

This major belongs to the Health and Life Sciences (HLS) cluster.

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