Medical Laboratory Science

School of Medicine

Medical Laboratory Science, offered by the Department of Laboratory Medicine, is a profession of highly knowledgeable and skilled individuals who perform clinical laboratory tests on patient samples. This is a critical part of healthcare, as the results obtained by these laboratory tests are a vital tool for physicians in their diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease. The disciplines within Laboratory Medicine that students learn about and train in are: Clinical Chemistry, Hematology/Coagulation, Microbiology, Transfusion Medicine, Urinalysis and Clinical Research.

Major category: Capacity-constrained

Topic: Health, Natural sciences

Applicant type


Freshmen can apply to the UW to begin autumn quarter or winter quarter (U.S. applicants only)

Medical Laboratory Science is a capacity-constrained major. An additional application is required after you enroll at the UW, and admission may be competitive. Visit the department website for more information.

Read more about applying to the UW as a freshman, including details for programs that provide high school students with college credit (like Running Start).


Preparation for the major is a factor in transfer admission. Use the information below to help you prepare for this degree

Department admission information

  • Departmental application deadline: February 15
  • Please contact the department for details about the application process.

The BA and BS degree programs are capacity-constrained. Competition of prerequisites does not guarantee admission.
  • Students must earn a minimum of 90 quarter credits, including both prerequisite courses for medical laboratory science and general education courses required for graduation from the University of Washington

Courses required for the major:

  • BIOL 118 NSc – Survey of Physiology
  • BIOL 180 NSc – Introductory Biology
  • BIOL 200 NSc – Introductory Biology
  • BIOL 220 NSc – Introductory Biology
  • CHEM 142 NSc RSN – General Chemistry
  • CHEM 152 NSc RSN – General Chemistry
  • CHEM 162 NSc RSN – General Chemistry
  • CHEM 223 NSc – Organic Chemistry Short Program

One of the following:

  • STAT 220 NSc RSN – Basic Statistics
  • Any basic statistics course

Entering transfer information:

Total undergraduates: 46
Total from Washington community colleges: 16

Entering transfer GPA (from WA community colleges):

3.75 – 4.00: 7
3.50 – 3.74: <5
3.25 – 3.49: <5
3.00 – 3.24: <5
2.75 – 2.99: <5
2.50 – 2.74: <5
2.49 and below: <5

Career outcomes