As a medical laboratory scientist (MLS), also known as a medical technologist or clinical laboratory scientist, you will analyze a variety of biological specimens. Graduates from this program are responsible for performing scientific testing on samples and reporting results to physicians.
The Medical Laboratory Scence program at the University of St. Francis provides a thorough education for students interested in pursuing a career in the clinical lab sciences. A dedicated, passionate staff works with students throughout the program, preparing them to become qualified, well-prepared and confident professionals upon graduation.
If you’re serious about becoming a top medical lab scientist, then the rigorous Medical Laboratory Science program at the University of St. Francis can help you do just that.


The University of St. Francis is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Hospital affiliates of USF’s Medical Laboratory Science program are accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (


“The Medical Laboratory Science program is well rounded in both fundamentals and clinical experience. My three years on campus prepared and supplied me with the knowledge needed to succeed in my year-long clinical, where I was able to take the basic understandings from my studies and apply them to real life situations. This was a great benefit of the program. The hands-on learning and the job training that I received prepared me to enter the field after graduating.”
-Haley Wenberg ’18

A professional future

According to the Jobs Rated Almanac, medical laboratory scientists ranked in the top fifth out of 250 listed jobs. Criteria for ranking included higher than average salary, lower stress levels, better work environment, future job outlook, and other employment related criteria.

Grow Through Real-World Experience

Students majoring in Medical Laboratory Science spend three years taking liberal education and science courses followed by a 12-month professional phase at an affiliated hospital school. Admission to the University of St. Francis does not guarantee admission to the professional phase of the program and students must have a minimum GPA of 2.75 in science courses. Students will need to apply to the affiliated hospital program in the fall of junior year.
Current affiliated hospital programs:
  • Myron E. Rubnitz, M.D. School of Medical Laboratory Science located at Edward Hines VA Hospital, Hines, IL
  • School of Clinical Laboratory Science, OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria, IL
  • School of Medical Technology, Franciscan St. Margaret Health, Dyer, IN

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