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The Medical Laboratory Science program is recommended for students wishing to prepare for careers as clinical diagnostic scientists in hospital, forensic, industrial and biotechnology laboratories, medical technology, and as sales representatives for pharmaceutical, medical instrumentation and computer companies. The curriculum requires the student to study three years at Fredonia and one year in an accredited clinical hospital program. Contracted agreements with four hospitals allow internship placement for students who have successfully completed university requirements. To ensure that students are prepared for clinical work, and can be successful, continuation to the clinical year requires students to have a minimum 3.0 GPA, strong letters of recommendation and successful interviews. Students who do not continue to the clinical year may change their major and complete either a Biology or Molecular Genetics degree at Fredonia on the same timeline.

The Fredonia Difference

The clinical year consists of study in a hospital laboratory where students are supervised and instructed by medical laboratory scientists and physicians. After successful completion of the internship, students receive clinical certification from the hospital, 30 university credits, and the B.S. degree with a major in Medical Laboratory Science from Fredonia. Students are then eligible to take the Board of Registry exam given by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists. Passage of the exam results in national board certification. Graduates are also eligible for licensure through the N.Y.S. Education Department Office of the Professions. The only individuals able to work as Clinical Laboratory Technologists in N.Y.S. hospitals are those who have received a B.S. degree in Medical Laboratory Science and have obtained N.Y.S. licensure. 

Professional Licensure Disclosure

Effective July 1, 2024, federal regulation requires institutions of higher education to make a determination whether a Title IV eligible academic program that leads to professional licensure or certification meets the educational requirements for licensure/certification in the U.S. State where the institution is located and the U.S. States where “distance education” students are located at the time of initial enrollment in the program, as well as U.S. States where the program is advertised as meeting such requirements, and if applicable, the U.S. State where students attest they intend to be licensed/certified. The Medical Laboratory Science, (B.S.) program at SUNY-Fredonia is registered by the New York State Education Department and thus meets the educational requirements for licensure/certification for New York State. Through a good faith effort, and for the purpose of complying with the federal regulation, we have determined that Medical Laboratory Science, (B.S.) program at SUNY-Fredonia meets the educational requirements for licensure/certification in the following U.S. States: New York State however, it is important to note that SUNY-Fredonia is not the licensure/certification authority in these U.S. States and cannot assess whether an individual candidate will be issued a license/certificate in these U.S. States and instead it is incumbent on each individual candidate to contact the licensure/certification authority in the applicable U.S. State for any further guidance on the requirements for licensure/certification requirements and application processes.

Career Opportunities for Medical Laboratory Science

  • Clinical laboratory scientist
  • Medical technologist
  • Hospital laboratory scientist
  • Biomedical research scientist
  • Forensic laboratory technician
  • Pharmaceutical industry scientist
  • Pharmaceutical sales representative
  • Medical instrumentation sales representative
  • Computer corporation sales representative
  • Medical laboratory scientist


What does a 4-year degree look like?

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What are all the required and elective courses offered to obtain this degree?

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Sample Courses

BIOL 245 Human Anatomy and Physiology I

From discussions of concepts of physiological control and levels of organization, this course concentrates on the components of the musculoskeletal system, the integument and an extensive description and analysis of neural and endocrine systems of control.

BIOL 338 Microbiology

The course includes a basic study of microbial taxonomy, morphology, biochemistry, and reproduction. Great emphasis is placed on medical microbiology, infectious diseases, microbial genetic regulation, and the application of microorganisms in recombinant gene technology.

BIOL 453 Basic Hematology

Introduction to the study of blood, its cellular components, and various blood diseases. Laboratory exercises include a variety of manual techniques involved with blood cell counts and determinations.

Student Story

One of the best parts of my education is the way the Fredonia Biology faculty went out of their way to make sure I had the optimal educational experience needed to become a successful scientist.

— Lindsey A. Wittmeyer

Why Medical Laboratory Science at Fredonia?

Immediate employment

Fredonia students receive multiple job offers 3 months before graduation, and have made a decision before Commencement.

Unique courses

Unique courses

Along with expected courses in Microbiology, Anatomy & Physiology, Fredonia offers unique courses that most other college Med Tech programs don't, like Immunology, Hematology, Parasitology, and Introduction to Clinical Sciences.

High quality education

High quality education

Faculty come from world-renowned universities; they teach the same courses at Fredonia taught at those institutions.

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