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Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences

About the Department

The Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences offers majors in Medical Laboratory Science, in Medical Diagnostics, and in Medical Diagnostics with a Pre-Physician Assistant concentration, a minor in Medical Diagnostics, as well as Honors Degrees in Medical Laboratory Science and Medical Diagnostics and Honors courses.

In accordance with the goals set forth by the University of Delaware and the College of Health Sciences, the mission of the Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences encompasses the following.

The Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences is committed to providing skilled, critically-thinking practitioners equipped to be future leaders in health sciences. In this pursuit, the Department is committed to active engagement of undergraduate and graduate students in experiential learning, to forming collaborative partnerships with educational, clinical, industrial and research experts locally and globally, to discovering innovative breakthroughs in research that contribute to the health and basic sciences body of knowledge, and to functioning as an expert resource regarding all issues related to Medical Laboratory Science.

Medical Laboratory Science (Biomedical Sciences) is related to the prevention, diagnosis and therapy of disease through the understanding, application, and performance of clinical laboratory analyses. This major prepares students for national certification as medical laboratory scientists through the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification (ASCP BOC).

The curriculum is a four-year undergraduate, professional program, accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). The major prepares students for career entry into the medical laboratory profession. In addition to working as clinical professionals, UD medical laboratory science graduates are doing research and development, sales, and technical consulting. Other professional career paths include medicine and physician assistant.

Currently, more than 50 percent of the medical laboratory scientists employed in Delaware’s medical laboratories are graduates of UD’s program, the only four-year program in the state.

Medical Diagnostics is a clinical-oriented science program that incorporates the basic science courses required for admission to medical school with medical-related courses that impact on the diagnosis and therapy of disease.

The curriculum is a four-year undergraduate program of study that provides a solid theoretical foundation for further study in the healthcare-related professions preparing students who plan to pursue post-graduate study in health-related areas immediately upon graduation. Medical Diagnostics is designed for those with an interest in healthcare including careers in medicine, dentistry, optometry, and physician assistant.

Course offerings this spring include:

  • MEDT 160 Infection: Sex, Food and Sneezing
  • MEDT 200 Language of Medicine
  • MEDT 220 Forensic Science
  • MEDT 230 Forensic Pathology
  • MEDT 440 Introductory Nanomedicine
  • MEDT 460 Advanced Nanomedicine