Medical Laboratory Sciences

An Exciting Healthcare Career Choice

The MLS degree is an allied health career opportunity for students interested in working in a clinical laboratory. Medical Laboratory Scientists are healthcare professionals who perform chemical, hematological, immunological, histopathological, cytopathological, microscopic, and bacteriological diagnostic analyses on patient samples. Medical Laboratory Scientists commonly work in hospital clinical laboratories, commercial laboratories, for pharmaceutical, chemical, or biotechnology companies, and in research and teaching institutions.

This four year degree includes experience working in the clinical laboratories of Lakeland Regional Health, a major health care provider in central Florida. Students will begin taking courses at the Medical Center hospital beginning in their third year, before transitioning into a full time internship at Lakeland Regional Health during their fourth year.

Top Reasons to Choose FSC Medical Laboratory Sciences

Hands-On Experience

Work hands-on with your faculty and Medical Lab Scientists at Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center to learn the latest techniques.

State-of-the-Art Instrumentation

Work and learn in clinical labs with some of the most advanced, cutting edge instrumentation in the world.

NAACLS Accredited Program

Our program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), providing you with exceptional preparation for the national certification exam for Medical Laboratory Scientists.


Second Bachelor's Degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences

Florida Southern College accepts applications from students seeking a Second Bachelor’s degree in select academic majors.

Graduates from other 4-year accredited institutions of higher education (meeting university transfer eligibility requirements) in the United States who apply for admission to work toward a second bachelor’s degree must meet the regular requirements of the university and would apply as a Transfer student. Students must meet all transfer GPA requirements. A baccalaureate degree or higher from another 4-year accredited institution of higher education (meeting university transfer eligibility requirements) in the United States satisfies the General Education requirements for graduation.

Second Bachelor’s degree seeking students are great candidates for the Medical Laboratory Sciences program. Florida Southern College offers 2 year and 3 year paths to an MLS degree. To apply for admission to the MLS program, a second bachelor’s degree student must be admitted to Florida Southern College and meet academic criteria for admission to the program.