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)

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: 65
Total from Washington community colleges: 18

Entering transfer GPA (from WA community colleges):

3.75 – 4.00: 12
3.50 – 3.74: 2
3.25 – 3.49: 1
3.00 – 3.24: 1
2.75 – 2.99: 1
2.50 – 2.74: 1
2.49 and below: 0

Career outcomes