Welcome Students

We are excited to have you in the Medical Laboratory Sciences program. If you are an incoming freshman or a transfer student, this webpage was designed to help guide your way through the University of Utah and School of Medicine New Student Orientation process.

What is a Medical Laboratory Scientist?

Medical Laboratory Science professionals, often called Medical Laboratory Scientists (MLS) or Clinical Laboratory Scientists (CLS), are vital members of the healthcare team. They uncover and provide laboratory information from laboratory analyses that assist physicians in patient diagnosis and treatment, as well as in disease monitoring and prevention.

MLS or CLS professionals use sophisticated biomedical instrumentation and technology, methods requiring manual dexterity, and other skills to perform laboratory testing on blood and body fluids. Laboratory testing encompasses such disciplines as Clinical Chemistry, Hematology, Immunology, Immunohematology, Microbiology, Parasitology, and Molecular Diagnostics.

MLS or CLS professionals generate accurate laboratory data needed to diagnose cancer, anemia, heart attacks, diabetes and many other diseases.  They also provide information and consult with other members of the healthcare team in identification of bacteria or viruses that cause infections and in detecting abused drugs. 



Are you Pre-Med?

Please note Pre-Med is not a major and Pre-MLS is separate from Pre-Med. Please schedule an appointment with the Pre-Professional Advisors where they can assist you with any Pre-Med questions and prerequisites for Medical School.

Pre-Professional Advising

Visit us or make an appointment.

Advising Components

Virtual Orientation

You must complete your New Student Virtual Orientation modules before you meet with an academic advisor. If you have questions about how to complete the Virtual Orientation modules, you can find more information here.

You can also contact the Office of Orientation & Transition with further questions by emailing from your UMail account. You can also contact them via phone by calling 801-581-7069.

Once you have completed your Virtual Orientation modules, please move on to the Academic Advising section below for information regarding your academic advising appointment.


The timeline below should help guide you in completing your New Student Orientation steps. Please use this resource to help you remain on track and complete your Orientation modules on time.


Meet Your Advisor

Now that you have completed your New Student Virtual Orientation modules, you will be able to schedule an appointment for first semester course planning with your academic advisor.  

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   Phone: 801-581-4880

   Location: School of Medicine, Room 5R472A

   Book your Advising Appointment





Course Registration

After you have met with your advisor you are now ready to register for courses.

Video guide on how to register here. Feel free to reach out to us if you have questions!

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