BS in Medical Laboratory Science

About the Program

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.

The analyses performed by medical laboratory scientists include chemistry, microbiology, hematology, immunology, toxicology, blood banking, and molecular procedures. Laboratory scientists perform manual and automated procedures and utilize laboratory information computer systems to analyze and transmit patient data.

Medical Laboratory Scientists are also responsible for the quality control and quality assurance procedures in the laboratory. The education of a medical laboratory scientist combines a curriculum common to most undergraduate majors in the medical field with a clinical program designed to produce individuals who possess a high level of technical proficiency.

The Bachelor's degree in Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) program at the University of Cincinnati includes courses in science foundations and content specific to the medical laboratory (see the Curriculum for specific courses). It concludes with a 12-month clinical year that prepares students for the exciting and ever-changing world of the clinical lab.

The clinical year is required to complete the BS-MLS and starts in the fall, lasting for three full-time semesters. Students may apply to complete the clinical year part time or with a Co-op option, both of which require two years to complete. All prerequisite courses must be completed before starting the clinical year. 

Admission to the clinical year is competitive and requires a separate application. Upon successful completion of the clinical year, graduates are eligible to sit for the national certification exam.  Students who have earned a bachelor’s degree may apply to the Certificate in Medical Laboratory Science program to complete the clinical year which qualifies them to sit for the national certification exam.

Courses are taught through a variety of means including traditional lectures, demonstrations and collaborative learning, as well as student laboratory exercises. Some courses will be offered online or in a hybrid format. Core competencies, as defined by National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS*), are stressed and reinforced during the clinical year of the program to prepare students for one of the national certification exams.

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.

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**Includes on campus BS, distance learning BS, and on campus certificate tracks.