Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science

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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. Medical laboratory scientists perform manual and automated analytical procedures in chemistry, microbiology, hematology, immunology, toxicology, blood banking and molecular diagnostics. They utilize laboratory information computer systems to analyze and transmit patient data and are 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 graduates who possess a high level of technical proficiency.

Graduates of the NAACLS* accredited MLS program are prepared for the Board of Certification (BOC) exam sponsored by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) for the Medical Laboratory, MLS (ASCP) credential.

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.

Medical laboratory scientists can obtain employment in a variety of settings. These include hospital laboratories, independent laboratories, clinics and physicians' offices, research and development laboratories, public/government health agencies, forensics laboratories and pharmaceutical companies.

Graduates are able to choose from several entry-level technologist positions. Advanced certification is available in each laboratory area for those who choose to pursue a higher level of training. Graduate training in one of the laboratory disciplines allows advancement to supervisory positions and intermediate level research positions.

Regardless of the setting, medical laboratory scientists consistently work in a challenging, fast paced and collegial environment. Additionally, graduates of the MLS program are well qualified for entry into medical or physician's assistant schools due to the rigorous coursework in the program which includes key anatomic, pathogenic and physiologic concepts covered in such programs.

Demand for medical laboratory scientists is high throughout the nation: the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports "faster than average" job outlook.

Additionally, the average salary for medical laboratory scientists is $57,383 according to the American Society for Clinical Pathology's wage survey published in 2017.

National marketability is enhanced by certification from one of several national certification agencies. Specialty certification is also available after enhanced education, training and experience.

Being a student at the University of Cincinnati means that you get to enjoy the perks of a top research university with a unique urban campus with a diverse and vibrant student life experience.

The student life experience is enriched by the University of Cincinnati’s  over 600 student organizations. There is truly something for everyone here.

In the College of Allied Health Sciences, each major has at least one academic student organization. These organization’s allow students to get more engaged with the profession, attend conferences and get involved in the community.

Medical Laboratory Science majors are able to join the following academic student organizations.  

Admissions Information for....

High School Students

Please visit UC Admissions for information about applying to the university as a high school student (also applies to students who have yet to attend a college or university). 

Transfer Students

Students who have earned a high school diploma or GED and have attended a college or university other than the University of Cincinnati since earning their high school credentials are consdiered transfer students.

Please visit UC Admissions for information about applying to the university as a transfer student. 

Transition Students

Students who are currently enrolled in undergraduate programs in other University of Cincinnati colleges (including UC Blue Ash and UC Clermont), but want to change their program (transition) to the College of Allied Health Sciences (CAHS) are considered transition students.

Please visit Academic Advising for more information on applying to one of our programs as a transition student

Clinical Year Students

The clinical year is required to complete the BS-MLS and starts in the fall, lasting for three full-time semesters or as a part time or 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 separate application. The deadline to apply is December 1 preceding the intended starting fall semester. 

Please visit the Clinical Year Application page for more information. 

The University of Cincinnati has a vareity of scholarship opportunitites: 

You can also visit UC's Financial Aid Office for additional questions about tuititon, loans, and other opportunities. 

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

Review the program outline to access program curriculum(s) and more.

Graduates of the University of Cincinnati (UC) medical laboratory science program consistently perform higher than the national average on the American Society for Clinical Pathology's Board of Certification Exam in medical laboratory science

Medical laboratory science board certification pass rate
 

2015

2016

2017

UC Medical laboratory science**

91.04%

90.30%

79.40%

National average

78.85%

79.80%

72.40%

Medical laboratory sciences graduation rate and placement rate 
 

2013-2014

2014-2015

2015-2016

Graduation rate***

75.70%

79.40%

85.10%

Placement rate 97.80% 98.20% 96.9%

**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

Accreditation

The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS): 5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018; Phone 773-714-8880; Fax 773-714-8886; info@naacls.org; www.naacls.org.

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Mel Woods

Program Manager , Medical Laboratory Science

3202 Eden Avenue | Cincinnati, OH 45267