On Campus: Associate of Applied Science

The WSU Medical Laboratory Sciences programs are organized into a "ladder" format, with the four-year curriculum divided into two programs, the AAS program followed by the BS program. 

The Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) program comprises the first two years of the program. If you apply, are accepted into, and graduate from the MLT program, you will receive an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree. You are then eligible to sit for national certification examinations and enter the workforce. The average starting salary for a medical laboratory technician in a hospital laboratory is $40,000 or higher.

After completing your AAS degree if you wish to continue on for a four-year degree, you must apply and be accepted into the Bachelor of Science Medical Laboratory Scientist program (MLS).

The AAS & BS programs have two curriculum tracks available for students depending on their career plans after graduation.

  • Track I is for those who intend to work as medical laboratory scientists and for those who intend to apply to physician assistant or other graduate schools. Upon graduation, you will first take a national certification exam that will qualify you to work in hospital or clinic laboratories.  Positions are also available in industrial labs, education, medical sales, medical research, forensics, medical administration, cytology, histology, etc.


  • Track II is for students who are planning to apply to medical, dental, or veterinary schools.  In addition to MLS courses, this track also includes pre-professional course requirements that are specific for medical or graduate schools.  For more information, see the Track II suggested course sequence for an AAS and BS in medical laboratory sciences.