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The Department of Laboratory Medicine & Pathology provides diagnostic services in several areas with the most common being clinical lab testing and anatomic pathology diagnostics, with a major focus currently on COVID-19 test development and implementation. This department also has several educational programs ranging from undergraduate, to graduate (master's and PhD) to residency and fellowship programs.

 Undergraduate Program


Laboratory Medicine and Pathology

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 Program of Study: Major: Medical Laboratory Science


Program Overview

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.

This program of study leads to the following credential:
  • Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science degree
Recommended Preparation

Suggested First- and Second-Year College Work: Completion of University writing, reasoning, and general education requirements. Electives, not required for admission or graduation, may include: CHEM 321, MICROM 301, GENOME 351, GENOME 371, B STR 301, PHIL 115, PHIL 241, CLAS 101, CLAS 205, PATH 410, UCONJ 420. Begin taking admission requirements, shown below.

Admission Requirements
  1. BIOL 118, BIOL 180, BIOL 200, BIOL 220; CHEM 142, CHEM 152, CHEM 162; CHEM 223 or CHEM 237; one of STAT 220, STAT 221/SOC 221/CS&SS 221, STAT 311, or Q SCI 381.
  2. Complete all general education requirements including 10 credits of Individuals & Societies, and 10 credits of Visual, Literary, & Performing Arts, as well as all required English and writing courses.
  3. Students admitted to the medical laboratory science program must be exempt from or have successfully completed any required English as a Second Language (ESL) courses no later than August 31 of the application year or admission is cancelled.

Application Procedure: See program adviser for application form. Application deadline is February 15, to begin the following autumn quarter.

 Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science degree


Credential Overview

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. Students will earn a BS degree in MLS and will be eligible to take the national certification exam, required of this profession, through the American Society of Clinical Pathology.

Completion Requirements

149 credits

  1. Courses Required for Admission (44 credits): See list above.
  2. Didactic Courses (60 credits): BIOC 405; IMMUN 441; MICROM 442, MICROM 443, MICROM 445, MICROM 460, MICROM 461; LAB M 301, LAB M 302, LAB M 418, LAB M 419, LAB M 420, LAB M 421 (6 credits), LAB M 426 (6 credits), LAB M 430, LAB M 435
  3. Clinical Rotations (45 credits): LAB M 423 (9 credits), LAB M 424 (9 credits), LAB M 425 (9 credits), LAB M 431, LAB M 433, LAB M 436
  4. Minimum 2.0 grade in all didactic and clinical rotation courses
  5. Minimum 2.00 GPA, both cumulative and in required courses

Additional Information

The Medical Laboratory Science BS degree program is the only undergraduate program in the Department of Laboratory Medicine & Pathology and also in the School of Medicine. Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) is where basic laboratory science meets the practice of medicine. It is a profession of highly knowledgeable and skilled individuals who perform clinical laboratory tests on blood, other body fluids, or tissue samples. This is a critical part of health care, as the results obtained by these laboratory tests are a vital tool for physicians in their diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. Approximately 70% of information doctors use to diagnose and treat patients come from the information obtained from laboratory test results produced by Medical Laboratory Scientists. Upon graduation from this program students will qualify to take the national ASCP MLS certification exam, which provides the credentials to work in a clinical laboratory performing diagnostic testing and reporting.

Program Description

  1. Pre-professional Phase. During the first two years, students enroll as pre-majors in the College of Arts and Sciences, satisfying general education requirements as well as completing prerequisite courses.
  2. Professional Phase. The professional phase begins autumn quarter of the third year and continues for seven consecutive quarters at the UW School of Medicine. Courses in the first year of the professional phase provide students an appropriate theoretical background and basic technical skills that enable them to function effectively in the clinical laboratory.

The final year is offered in the clinical laboratories of the UW Medical Center and its principal affiliates. Students in the core clinical laboratories receive on-the-bench training in chemistry, hematology, immunohematology, and microbiology.

Student Outcomes and Opportunities

  • Learning Objectives and Expected Outcomes: Graduates of the medical laboratory science program are expected to have in-depth knowledge of the relationships between laboratory data and pathologic processes, and how laboratory data relate to clinical medicine. They have experience with the performance and quality control of routine and specialized medical laboratory testing procedures and an understanding of the theoretical basis of these procedures. In addition, they have experience trouble-shooting and resolving typical problems in the clinical laboratory and are familiar with laboratory quality assurance, safety, governmental regulations, information systems, management, research design and practice, educational methodology, continuing education, communication, ethics, professionalism, and concepts and principles of laboratory operations.

    Successful medical laboratory scientists enjoy studying the biological, chemical, and physical sciences and find personal satisfaction and intellectual reward in applying scientific methods in the diagnosis and evaluation of disease. A medical laboratory scientist may practice as a generalist, using knowledge in several of the scientific areas, or may specialize in one scientific area in larger hospitals. Medical laboratory scientists may work in a variety of settings, including clinical laboratories in large medical centers, hospitals, and clinics. Others carry out research in industrial, public health, and medical laboratories, or teach in hospitals, colleges, and universities.

  • Instructional and Research Facilities: The major training sites are the University of Washington Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center. Affiliate hospitals include Seattle Children's hospital, Labcorp Dynacare, Group Health Cooperative, MultiCare Health System, Northwest Hospital, Providence Everett Medical Center, Providence St. Peter Hospital, Veterans' Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Evergreen Hospital Medical Center, and Highline Medical Center. The Puget Sound Blood Center is also affiliated with the University of Washington. These laboratories support patient care, and provide training and research in the major clinical divisions of chemistry, hematology, immunohematology (blood banking), and microbiology, including multiple subspecialties in these divisions. In addition, students can either receive training in a variety of clinical laboratory rotations designed to enrich their core clinical experiences or participate in research in collaborative projects supervised by faculty members in the Department of Laboratory Medicine. Enrichment rotations include subspecialty sections in chemistry, hematology, and/or microbiology; molecular diagnostics laboratories; and laboratories where multi-tasking skills are utilized.
  • Honors Options Available: For Interdisciplinary Honors, see University Honors Program.
  • Internship Opportunities: One or two internships per year in Japan available to graduates of the medical technology program.
  • Department Scholarships: Several offered.
  • Student Organizations/Associations: None currently active.

Of Special Note: The medical laboratory science program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119, (847) 939-3597, (773) 714-8880, (773) 714-8886 (fax), info@naacls.org, www.naacls.org. Graduates are eligible for certification by the Board of Registry of the American Society for Clinical Pathology and by the National Credentialing Agency for Laboratory Personnel, Inc.

 Graduate Programs


Laboratory Medicine and Pathology


 Program of Study: Doctor Of Philosophy (Molecular Medicine and Mechanisms of Disease)


Program Overview

Students receive rigorous interdisciplinary training designed to prepare them for translational research. Three core courses focus on mechanisms of disease, the impact of basic science on medicine, and human genetics, providing a rigorous intellectual foundation. Students also participate in one or more courses designed to provide an interface with the clinic and clinical medicine; learn basic statistics; and choose additional electives from the deep and varied menu offered by UW basic science and engineering departments. The M3D Program is designed for students to complete PhD training in five years, ready to take the next step in diverse careers in academia, biotech, the pharmaceutical industry, education, publishing or public policy.

This program of study leads to the following credential:
  • Doctor Of Philosophy (Molecular Medicine and Mechanisms of Disease)
Admission Requirements

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 Doctor Of Philosophy (Molecular Medicine and Mechanisms of Disease)


Completion Requirements

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 Program of Study: Graduate Certificate In Molecular Medicine (not admitting)


This program of study leads to the following credential:
  • Graduate Certificate In Molecular Medicine (not admitting)
Admission Requirements

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 Graduate Certificate In Molecular Medicine (not admitting)


Completion Requirements

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 Program of Study: Master Of Science (Laboratory Medicine)


Program Overview

This program provides opportunities to work in the health profession including: laboratory management, administration, research, global health, consultation, education and industry. Graduates of our two-year program currently work for public, private and non-profit health agencies, educational institutions, the military, and the pharmaceutical industry.

This program of study leads to the following credential:
  • Master Of Science (Laboratory Medicine)
Admission Requirements

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 Master Of Science (Laboratory Medicine)


Completion Requirements

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 Program of Study: Master Of Science (Molecular Medicine and Mechanisms of Disease)


Program Overview

Students receive rigorous interdisciplinary training designed to prepare them for translational research. Three core courses focus on mechanisms of disease, the impact of basic science on medicine, and human genetics, providing a rigorous intellectual foundation. Students also participate in one or more courses designed to provide an interface with the clinic and clinical medicine; learn basic statistics; and choose additional electives from the deep and varied menu offered by UW basic science and engineering departments.

This program of study leads to the following credential:
  • Master Of Science (Molecular Medicine and Mechanisms of Disease)
Admission Requirements

Note: Admissions to this program are not available. It is only available to students enrolled in the Doctor of Philosophy (Molecular Medicine and Mechanisms of Disease) program.

 Master Of Science (Molecular Medicine and Mechanisms of Disease)


Completion Requirements

Contact department for requirements.