Our Program

Undergraduate Degree Offered:

BSM.L.S - Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science

Areas of Study:
Chemistry; Hematology and Hemostasis; Immunohematology (Blood Bank); Microbiology, Parasitology and Mycology; Molecular Diagnostics; Urine and Body Fluid Analysis; Laboratory Operations (including phlebotomy). 

Length of Program:

Eleven (11) months - The program consists of 43 semester hours and begins in late May of each year. Graduates are eligible to apply for ASCP board certification as medical laboratory scientists upon completion of the program. 

The MLS Program has three phases: student laboratory (13 weeks) on the Omaha or Kearney Campus (University of Nebraska at Kearney), first clinical rotation (17 weeks), and second clinical rotation (17 weeks) at assigned clinical locations. At each phase of the program, students must learn to integrate practice with theoretical knowledge and understanding.

Degree Requirements:

All students must successfully complete the entire curriculum of the MLS Program in order to be considered for the Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Laboratory Science. Students must have completed a total of 120 semester credit hours to qualify for the baccalaureate degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center.


The MLS Program provides patient-centered educational opportunities, with theoretical knowledge and practical experience in hematology, clinical chemistry, microbiology, immunohematology (blood bank), immunology, molecular diagnostics and management. The program emphasizes laboratory principles and procedures, clinical significance and application, principles and practice of quality assurance, principles of laboratory management and supervision, safety, instructional methods, and computer applications.

Through affiliated programs, students have the option of obtaining their clinical education at one of several clinical affiliate sites. Students are not accepted into the MLS program if clinical experience cannot be guaranteed.

For consideration for admission, students must meet the essential requirements and complete prerequisites by the end of the spring semester prior to enrolling at UNMC for their senior year.