What is a Medical Laboratory Scientist?

Medical Laboratory Scientists (MLS) provide vital information for identifying and treating a full range of diseases including cancer, heart disease and diabetes by performing tests in specialized areas such as hematology, chemistry, microbiology, blood banking and molecular diagnostics. Medical Laboratory Scientists interpret the results, integrate data, solve problems, conduct research, evaluate new test methods, and consult with physicians. About 70 percent of treatment decisions are based on results from the laboratory. These highly trained professionals utilize proven technology to provide life-saving medical information used to treat patients —this equipment could not be run without their expertise. Now more than ever—with new advances in genetic testing, bio markers and other medical technologies— MLS have access to exciting challenges and advancing career opportunities.

About the Program

Since 1940, it has been Evanston Hospital’s mission to provide education and training to prepare them to work in the medical laboratories at hospitals, physicians’ offices, and commercial testing facilities. This goal is accomplished through a course of study that includes a basic laboratory, clinical rotations, and didactic instruction in each laboratory specialty.

As an accredited medical laboratory science program, we offer the advantages of a hospital-based education, with students spending their clinical training immersed in the environment of a progressive, state-of-the-art medical laboratory. Furthermore, our MLS students associate with all levels of professionals in the field on a daily basis and, thus, are able to benefit from their expertise.


In accordance with the goals set forth by the NorthShore University HealthSystem Evanston Hospital and the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, it is the mission of the Medical Laboratory Science Program to educate students to become qualified, responsible, healthcare professionals in clinical laboratory medicine.


In order to achieve this mission the following goals are set:

  1. Provide education that prepares students in professional knowledge and skills in the discipline of medical laboratory science.
  2. Educate students in a manner to ensure quality laboratory results and thus quality patient care.
  3. Recruit, retain and provide career counseling for students who have a high level of professional promise.
  4. Review and address the needs of the healthcare community by providing graduates prepared to meet those needs.



Tyrie Gardner, MS, MT(ASCP), Program Director
Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
NorthShore University HealthSystem, Evanston Hospital  
2650 Ridge Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201

If you would like more information about our program, please contact us at:

Phone: 847.570.2737  
E-mail: tgardner@northshore.org

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