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Medical Laboratory Certification

Medical laboratory scientists are renaissance men and women, exercising a range of skills that make for a successful lab. They analyze human blood, tissues and body fluids. Today, there's a huge demand for well-trained medical laboratory scientists. Many of our students step right into jobs after graduation, often with Atrium Health.

How to Become a Medical Lab Scientist

  • Enroll in this 12-month, 3-semester program for applicants who have a bachelor's degree
  • Start date in either January or August
  • Learn through a combination of classroom lectures and hands-on lab training within state-of-the-art Atrium Health facilities
  • Receive guidance from experienced faculty members
  • Take advantage of our small class sizes
  • Become certified - we often see 100% of our students pass on their first attempt of the national certification exam


Didactic lectures and student laboratory training take place at the college, with clinical experiences conducted in the laboratories of Atrium Health. Curriculum includes courses in chemistry, microbiology and immunology. 44 total credits required for completion. For full curriculum details, download the viewbook below.

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Tuition & Fees

$9,772 (tuition only)

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Loan Forgiveness

Atrium Health offers a loan agreement available to finance up to $5,000 for students enrolled in the Medical Laboratory Science program. This loan defers payment on principal and interest, and if the graduate becomes employed full-time by an eligible Atrium Health facility, a work forgiveness option is available. Questions? Contact or 704-355-5486.

Application Requirements

  1. Application – Submit your completed application by the deadline
  2. College Transcripts – A minimum 2.5 cumulative college GPA and a minimum 2.5 math/science GPA are required
  3. Baccalaureate Degree – Bachelor's degree required (BA or BS)
    • Minimum 16 semester hours in biology, including microbiology with a lab and immunology
    • 16 semester hours in chemistry, including organic chemistry or biochemistry
    • 3 semester hours in statistics (one course)
    • Microbiology, immunology and organic chemistry (or biochemistry) must be updated if not completed within the last seven years
  4. Two sealed and completed Carolinas College references using this form 
  5. Applicants are required to come in for an on-site interview with program faculty before being notified of a decision
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  • Rolling Admissions – classes offered as space is available
  • Notification within 4 weeks after completing your application
  • Start date in either January or August

Ehsan Khodapasand, MLS alumni

Ehsan studied biology in his home country of Iran, earning both a bachelor’s and master’s degree before going to work in different labs. After moving to the United States in 2016, Ehsan wanted to continue his education. “I knew from the beginning that I would pursue what I started back home because I really enjoy doing it,” he says. “What brought me to Carolinas College was the warm and friendly environment, the awesome instructors and impressive statistics. Atrium Health, and specifically Carolinas College, have been a great place to build my future in the U.S. and provide a life for me and my wife."