Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) Program at ISU

Division of Health Sciences - Kasiska School of Health Professions

Applications for the 2018-2019 academic year are no longer being accepted. For special consideration, please contact Rachel Hulse, Program Director, at

During the application period, complete the online application to the MLS program and submit the following materials by mail:

  1. a personal statement of interest
  2. three references
  3. a copy of academic transcripts.

ALL Mailed materials must be sent in ONE packet to:

ISU Medical Laboratory Sciences Program
Attn Rachel Hulse
921 S. 8th Avenue, Stop 8288
Pocatello, ID 83209-8288

The goal of the Medical Laboratory Science program is to provide students with the background and tools necessary to enter the medical laboratory science profession. The program addresses the broad array of responsibility, requisite education and experience necessary to succeed by providing preparation for entry and advancement at a variety of places and provide tools and opportunities for lifelong advancement and professional engagement.

The program is designed to ensure the success of its students. Assurance comes with the implementation of a structured program of undergraduate science preparation followed by a professional component which includes didactic course work and supervised practice with an emphasis on the development of critical thinking skills. A professional advisory committee consisting of university and community representatives from practicing professionals and pathologists across the state has had input into the content and delivery of the professional component of this program and in the selection of faculty. Continued participation of the outside advisory committee will assure relevancy of the program to professional practice. Surveys of professional medical laboratory scientists have confirmed assumptions made about scope of practice and provided impetus and validation for the emphasis on critical thinking skills and professional development.


The medical laboratory scientist is a health professional who is qualified by academic and applied science education to provide service and research in medical laboratory science and related areas in a rapidly changing and dynamic healthcare delivery system. Currently there is a national shortage of certified MLS's. The majority of ISU's successful MLS graduates have multiple opportunities for employment upon completion of the program. Professions associated with laboratory professionals include: clinical service, research, sales, and education. A certified MLS is qualified for a variety of employment opportunities, including: reference laboratory, public/private hospital, physician's office laboratory, and management.

Program Outcomes

Program Accreditation

Idaho State University's MLS Program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).

5600 N River Road Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018


921 South 8th Avenue
Pocatello, Idaho, 83209