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Certificate in Medical Laboratory Science  

 Overview

Medical Laboratory Scientists are allied health professionals who participate in patient care by performing laboratory procedures that assist in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases. For more information about the profession, see the Career Opportunities section of the BS-MLS program website.    

UC offers three programs in Medical Laboratory Science (MLS):

  • An on-campus-based bachelor's degree in Medical Laboratory Science (BS-MLS)
  • An on-campus-based Certificate program in Medical Laboratory Science for individuals who have a bachelor's degree in a science field who want to enter the MLS profession (Certificate in MLS)
  • An online program for individuals who have an associate's degree focused in clinical or medical laboratory who want to obtain a bachelor's degree (AS to BS MLS)

The certificate track is designed for students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree in a science ​field or who will complete one prior to the start of clinicals. By completing the clinical portion of the program, certificate students gain technical skills for job entry and become eligible to sit for the national board exam.  

During clinicals, ​you will gain technical proficiency and professional experience by working in laboratories and blood banks. Locations and schedules vary depending on the corresponding content that you ​are learning. ​You will also take MLS clinical-year courses delivered in different formats: online, demonstration, traditional classroom lecture, collaborative learning and in laboratory settings. The clinical year starts only in the fall, lasting for three full-time semesters.  

Admission to the clinical year is not guaranteed: it is competitive and requires separate application. (See Admission Requirements and How to Apply for more information).

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Admission to the clinical year is not guaranteed: it is competitive and requires separate application. (See Admission Requirements and How to Apply for more information).

Graduates of the UC MLS program consistently perform higher than the national average on the American Society for Clinical Pathology’s Board of Certification Exam in MLS.

ASCP BOC Pass Rates

  2014   2015   2016
UC MLS**  88.57%   91.04%    90.30%  
National Average      84.47%   78.85%  79.80%

 

UC’s MLS Graduation Rate**

  2013-2014     2014-2015     2015-2016  
Graduation Rate***    75.70%  79.40%  85.10%

 

UC’s MLS Placement Rate**

 2013-2014    2014-2015    2015-2016  
Placement Rate        97.80%  98.20%  96.90%

 

**Includes on campus BS, online BS and on campus certificate tracks.

***As calculated by NAACLS guidelines based on students graduating that began the second half of the program

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UC's Medical Laboratory Science program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 N River Rd., Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018  |  (773) 714-7880 |  (773) 714-7886 (FAX)

MLS students working in lab

Contact Us

Medical Laboratory Sciences
Ms. Mel Woods
3202 Eden Avenue
P.O. Box 670394
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0394
Email: woodsm2@ucmail.uc.edu
Office: 513-558-2901
Fax: 513-558-7428 

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