College of Health Sciences

Medical Laboratory Science

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. When is the cutoff date for applications?

    Deadline for applications is March 1st.

  2. What is the minimum GPA?

    Overall GPA for acceptance into the MLS program is 2.5.

  3. Who do I contact for advisement?

    Corrie Scott at or Michelle Butina at

    For information about the program at the Center for Rural Health in Hazard, contact LeeAnn Helton at

  4. Is health insurance required?

    Yes, health insurance is required upon entry into the MLS program.

  5. Is travel to a clinical site required?

    Travel might be required.

  6. Where are the clinical sites?

    The MLS program has the following clinical sites:

    Lexington area:

    • Central Baptist Hospital
    • Lexington Clinic
    • St. Joseph Hospital
    • UK Healthcare Chandler Medical Center
    • UK Healthcare Good Samaritan Hospital
    • VA Medical Center

    Outside Lexington:

    • Hazard ARH Regional Medical Center
    • Frankfort Regional Medical Center
    • Hardin Memorial Hospital (Elizabethtown)
    • Norton Hospital (Louisville)
    • St. Claire Medical Center (Morehead)
  7. How long will I spend at the clinical site?

    Student practicum rotations last for 5-6 months. During this time students will train for 6 to 8 hours daily (Monday-Friday) at a clinical site.

  8. Is financial assistance provided?

    Yes, besides traditional college/university financial aids students in the MLS program have specific opportunities available to them in the form of loans and scholarships.

  9. Is the program accredited?

    Yes, the program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).

  10. What are my job opportunities with this degree?

    Medical laboratory science educational programs prepare students to work in a variety of settings including hospital, physician office, veterinary, research, public health, private, pharmaceutical, and reference laboratories. Other career opportunities include consulting, marketing, research and product development, administration and management, education, sales, and public health.

  11. What is the job market like?

    Currently, there is a 10–20% vacancy rate across the country. Increased testing demands and retirements will result in the need of more than 10,000 new lab professionals per year. Yet, there are only 4,100 new laboratory professional graduates per year.

  12. What is the average salary?

    Average salary for professionals with a baccalaureate degree (2009) was $55,620 (nationally) and $50,390 (Kentucky)

Medical Laboratory Science Program
College of Health Sciences
900 S. Limestone
Lexington, KY 40536-0200