Medical Laboratory Sciences

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(505) 272-5434

Medical Laboratory Sciences

Advance your career and become a Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS). Join our nationally recognized program!

Medical laboratory scientists (MLS) are medical detectives. They are highly skilled professionals who discover the presence or absence of disease and provide data that helps physicians determine the best treatment for the patient. Using sophisticated biomedical instrumentation and technology, as well as highly skilled manual techniques, medical laboratory scientists process and examine biological specimens, perform advance laboratory testing, solve problems and troubleshoot instrumentation, assess new test methods, evaluate and interpret laboratory test results, and report findings for various diseases and conditions. The Medical Laboratory Scientist is a vital part of the health care team that provides accurate, timely and reliable results.

Graduates from program are in demand. They are equipped with the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors to practice medical laboratory sciences in a variety of settings, including hospital labs, reference laboratories, and biotechnology companies.

MLS Career Highlights

  • 95% of graduates continue to work in the Medical Laboratory Sciences field.
  • 28th in a list of 200 jobs according to The Jobs Rated Almanac
  • 11% growth in employment from 2019 to 2029 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics


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Physical address
UNM Health Sciences and Services Building (HSSB)
2500 Marble Ave NE
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

Mailing Address
Medical Laboratory Sciences Program
MSC09 5250 HSSB 217
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

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