Medical Laboratory ScienceBachelor of Science

Medical laboratory scientists are educated to work in clinical chemistry, hematology, immunohematology, immunology, and microbiology with various sub-specialties in each of those major areas.

Why Medical Laboratory Science?

Laboratory analysis by medical laboratory scientists plays a critical role, along with that of the physician, in disease diagnosis, treatment, and health maintenance. Medical laboratory scientists are professionals who are prepared not only to produce laboratory data but also to assure the quality of those data, compare and select laboratory methods, advise other health care professionals on the validity of data, and supervise laboratory personnel

If you love the sciences and want an opportunity to help physicians and patients with your knowledge, this major may be ideal for you.

This program is currently applying for accreditation through the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences. A student's eligibility to take some certification examinations may depend on whether the program achieves "serious applicant" status.

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  • Mission, Vision & Core Objectives
    Mission

    The mission of the Medical Laboratory Science program is to provide a rigorous, competitive undergraduate training program to prepare students to become ASCP certified medical laboratory scientists with theoretical knowledge and practical, critical thinking, research, and communication skills.

    Vision

    The vision of the Medical Laboratory Science program is to become a destination program for medical laboratory science in the region recognized for quality faculty, strong industry partnerships, and successful graduates. All graduates from the MLS program will become competent, ethical, certified MLS professionals prepared to become an essential member of the healthcare team.

    Objectives

    Professional Communication: To interact and communicate effectively by presenting information in oral and written formats, collaborating with professionals, peers, and clients, expressing ideas clearly, and giving and receiving feedback to serve the needs of patients, the public and members of the health care team.

    Professional Competence: To possess knowledge, skills, and abilities to acquire an entry level position as a Medical Laboratory Scientist and to successfully complete the ASCP BOC MLS examination.

    Professional Ethics and Conduct: To learn to treat patients and colleagues with respect, care, and thoughtfulness, to perform duties in an accurate, precise, timely and responsible manner, to maintain strict confidentiality of patient information and test results and to exercise professional judgment, skill and care while meeting established standards of the MLS profession.

    Professional and Personal Development: To continuously improve and apply medical laboratory skills and knowledge and share such with colleagues, other members of the health care community and the public.

  • Admission Criteria
    Full-Time Freshman Students
    1. Complete and submit an online Undergraduate Application for Admission.
    2. Submit official secondary/high school transcript including:
      • Science grades: must have a “B” grade or better in biology and chemistry
      • Math grades: must have a “B” grade or better in all math courses
      • GPA: 2.9 / higher on a 4.0 scale
    3. OPTIONAL: Official SAT or ACT Scores
      • Submission of SAT or ACT test scores for admission is optional for incoming undergraduate and transfer student applications.
    4. Submit at least one (1) letter of recommendation.
    5. An interview with the MLS Program Director is optional.

    Full-Time Freshman Transfer Students

    (Those who have completed fewer than 12 credits from their previous college(s))

    1. Complete and submit an online Undergraduate Transfer Application for Admission.
    2. Submit official secondary/high school transcript including:
      • Science grades: must have a “B” grade or better in biology and chemistry
      • Math grades: must have a “B” grade or better in all math courses
      • GPA: 2.9 / higher on a 4.0 scale
      • OPTIONAL: Official SAT or ACT Scores
    3. Submit at least one (1) letter of recommendation.
    4. Submit official transcripts from all colleges/universities you attended:
      1. Transfer credits to be accepted with a “C-” grade or better and/or with the department chair’s approval.
      2. All transfer math and science courses require a “C” grade or better.
      3. College GPA: 2.7 / higher on a 4.0 scale; or demonstrates evidence of recent successful academic college/university performance.
    5. An interview with the MLS Program Director is optional.

    International Students
    1. Complete and submit an online Undergraduate International Application for Admission.
    2. For First-Year Applicants (Students who just finished, or in the process of finishing, secondary/high school): Submit OFFICIAL/notarized/attested/or certified copies of ORIGINAL senior secondary/high school records. Must adhere to the admission criteria and procedure for the full-time freshman students listed above.
    3. For Transfer Applicants: Students who have attended any post-secondary institution (college/university): Submit OFFICIAL/notarized/attested/or certified copies of ORIGINAL senior secondary/high school records (see 2.a. above) AND ALL post-secondary school (university/college) records. Adhere to the admission criteria and procedure for full-time transfer students above.
    • All non-native English language speakers must demonstrate English language competency by providing a TOEFL score of 80 on the internet-based test (iBT), IELTS score of 6.5, or official SAT or ACT Scores.
    • An interview with the MLS Program Director is optional.

    For the three above:

    • The Directors and Admissions Counselors in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, in consultation with the MLS Program Director, select MLS students utilizing the MLS Program Admission Criteria and Procedures.
    • After completion of the Sophomore year (see academic worksheet), students will be evaluated by the MLS Academic Standards Committee: A cumulative grade point average of 2.7 / higher on a 4.0 scale is required for continuance in the Junior-level MLSC courses of the MLS program.
    • For additional information about the MLS program access newhaven.edu/health-sciences

    Full Time Sophomore Transfer Students

    (Those who have completed more than 12 credits from their previous college(s))

    1. Complete and submit an online Undergraduate Transfer Application for Admission.
    2. Submit official transcripts from all colleges/universities you have attended:
      1. Transfer credits to be accepted with a “C-” grade or better and/or with the department chair’s approval
      2. All math and science courses require a “C” grade or better
    3. College GPA: 2.7 / higher on a 4.0 scale; or demonstrates evidence of recent successful academic college/university performance.
    4. An interview with the MLS Program Director is optional.

    • The Directors and Admissions Counselors in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, in consultation with the MLS Program Director, select MLS students utilizing the MLS Program Admission Criteria and Procedures.
    • Compiled by Carleta B Maurice MS, MT (ASCP) Director, MLS Program, PIR, in accordance with the University of New Haven Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
    • For additional information about the MLS program access newhaven.edu/health-sciences

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Degree Program Options

Post-Baccalaureate

Students who already hold a B.S. in the biological, forensic, chemical or physical sciences have the option to earn a second bachelor’s degree in Medical Laboratory Science in as few as two years, thanks to the fact that they have already met many of the prerequisites for the program.

In addition to professional medical laboratory science coursework, students complete — within two semesters — clinical rotations that give them invaluable hands-on experience.

At the program’s conclusion, students are eligible to take the national certification exam to qualify as a medical laboratory scientist. Most employers require certification to work as a medical laboratory scientist in a clinical laboratory. With a critical nationwide shortage of certified medical laboratory technologists, market demand has resulted in increased salaries and excellent job placement

This program is currently applying for National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) accreditation/approval. A student’s eligibility to take some certification examinations may depend on whether the program achieves "serious applicant" status.

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