Medical Laboratory Sciences
The medical laboratory science major, although offering the same strong biomedical background as the biomedical laboratory science major, is designed specifically for students aiming toward careers working in medical laboratories. In addition to the scientific foundation, the curriculum provides an introduction to managing medical laboratories and the skills needed to teach and orient staff.
Medical laboratory employers prefer to hire individuals holding national certification as a Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS). One way to earn this professional credential is to complete an accredited educational program that incorporates a hospital laboratory experience. The medical laboratory science (MLS) major does that with 14 credits of courses earned in residence at affiliated laboratories in Michigan and Ohio – total credits = 134. Availability of clinical slots is limited, so admission to the MLS major is competitive.
**Although it has never happened in the history of the MLS program, it is possible that no clinical site rotation would be available at the time a student is scheduled to enter clinic. This may be due to situations such as unanticipated staffing shortages, budget cuts, or facility remodeling. If this event occur, the policy is here.
The MLS major has been continuously accredited since 1986 by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)**. Completion of the MLS major qualifies students for the Medical Laboratory Scientist examination of the Board of Certification of the American Society for Clinical Pathology. Upon passing the examination, certificants use the designation MLS(ASCP) after their name. July 2016 and June 2019, 51 of 52 students taking the certification examination passed within a year of their graduation (pass rate = 98%). In that same time frame, the national pass rate for first time examinees graduating from NAACLS-accredited university programs was 77%.
The MLS program has a strong graduation rate of 100% over the last 3 years of admitted students. Those that graduate have also found professional success, with 100% of students in the last 3 years attaining employment (in the clinical laboratory or in a closely related field) and/or continuing their education within one year of graduation.
For more information about the full curriculum and the admission process, visit the Academic Programs guide and watch the video below. Click here for a sample course plan. Click here for the MLS Application.
**National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018