Medical Laboratory Science

Career Overview

The Medical Laboratory Science Program will prepare you for a career in a wide variety of laboratory settings including hospital, research, forensic science (crime), environmental, and industrial laboratories. Medical Laboratory Science alumni have also entered graduate programs in allied health fields, and careers in public health or hospital administration. In the hospital setting, a medical laboratory scientist performs a full range of laboratory tests, confirms the accuracy of the test results, and reports the test results to the clinicians treating the patients. Individuals who are independent, precise, observant, and have excellent problem solving skills are well suited to successfully pursue a career in this rapidly growing profession. The hiring of medical laboratory scientists is at an all-time high and salaries are steadily increasing to attract qualified applicants in a very competitive market.

Program Overview

The Medical Laboratory Science major at Bradley is jointly sponsored by the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the Department of Biology. The major is a “3+1” program that provides the student with a general science foundation during the three years of study on the Bradley campus. Requirements include general math, biology, and chemistry courses, as well as upper level courses in Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Pathophysiology, and Immunology. Please see the Medical Laboratory Science Curriculum and sample four year plan for more information.

In the final year of the program, the student completes a 10 month practical experience in a clinical laboratory at one of our affiliated hospitals. Admission to the hospital program is competitive and requires a minimal GPA of 2.75. Acceptance into the program is based on the student’s successful completion of all of the Bradley requirements, above-average grades in the required science courses, a well-written personal statement, and strong recommendation letters from the student’s science instructors.

Clinical Practicum

Our program currently has three hospital affiliates, Hines Veterans’ Hospital in Hines, IL; St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, IL; and OSF-St. Francis Hospital in Peoria, IL. All three affiliate programs are accredited by NAACLS, the national professional accrediting agency in this discipline. This clinical practicum provides a unique opportunity for the student to gain “hands-on” experience in a clinical laboratory setting. During the 10 month program at the hospital, the student is immersed in the theory and practice of the many specialties in the clinical laboratory sciences; Clinical Chemistry, Clinical Hematology, Clinical Immunology, Clinical Microbiology, and Clinical Management and Education. Following successful completion of the clinical program, the student earns a bachelor’s degree in Medical Laboratory Science from Bradley University and is eligible to take the national certification exams.


A complete renovation and new addition to Bradley's science building, Olin Hall, were completed in the fall of 2002.  With the additional 59,000 square feet provided by the addition, the building now provides the departments of Biology, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Physics, and Physical Therapy with over 135,000 square feet.  The newly designed classrooms, laboratories, offices, greenhouse, and conference and student resource areas are equipped with state-of-the art research and communication technology.

For More Information Please Contact:

Program Coordinator:
Dr. Michelle Fry
(309) 677-3744 

Department Chair:
Dr. Kurt Field
(309) 677-3024

Administrative Assistant:
Sherry Crane
(309) 677-3030