Bachelor of Science In Medical Laboratory 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 has earned Serious Applicant Status (SAS) with the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) and is awaiting final approval to become a fully Accredited Medical Laboratory Scientist Program.

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National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
5600 N. River Rd, Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119
Phone: (773) 714-8880
Fax: (773) 714-8886
Email: info@naacls.org


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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 graduatesto become competent medical laboratory scientists who demonstrate ethical standards and promote patient-centered care./p>

    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
  • Essential Program Requirements

    The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS) requires that the MLS program publish the following list of essential program functions. These “Technical Standards/Essential Functions” make up the non-academic requirements of the profession that all students must demonstrate to succeed inthe UNewHaven MLS program. The essential professional, communication, and technical requirements for Medical Laboratory Sciences students are listed below. If there are changes in these essential requirements, those changes will be published, and students will have the opportunity to discuss any changes with the Program Director and instructors in the Medical Laboratory Sciences Program.

    The Technical Standards/Essential Functions required for successful completion of the MLS program at the University of New Haven are listed below. In accordance with the university’s commitment to providing equal access for individuals with disabilities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA of 2008), students seeking reasonable accommodations to meet these requirements should contact the Accessibility Resources Center to ensure appropriate accommodations can be made in a timely manner.

    Professional skills
    • Maintain professional decorum and composure in a wide variety of situations
    • Maintain confidentiality and integrity
    • Follow directions, be able to make decisions, prioritize tasks, and work on multiple tasks simultaneously
    • Work independently and in cooperation with others
    • Apply acquired learned skills and knowledge to new situations
    • Work with potential biologic, chemical, radiologic, mechanical, and electrical hazards
    • Maintain personal hygiene and neatness appropriate to the professional workplace
    • Achieve regular, reliable, and punctual attendance at classes and regarding their clinical responsibilities
    Communication skills
    • Communicate effectively and efficiently with coworkers and members of the healthcare team
    • Read and comprehend written material
    • Record information accurately and clearly
    Technical skills
    • Complete fine repetitive movements such as pipetting
    • Manipulate lab instruments
    • Demonstrate proficiency to work with flammable and infectious materials, hazardous chemicals, and electrical equipment
    • Demonstrate proficiency in all areas of the clinical lab
    • Work in areas with distracting noises, unpleasant odors and in close proximity to fellow workers
    • Perform all diagnostic procedures in the clinical lab
    • Perform delicate manipulations of clinical specimens, clinical lab equipment, tools, and instruments
    • Perform diagnostic procedure and venipuncture safely and accurately
    • Adhere to standard precautions and meet safety standards applicable to the clinical laboratory
    • Accurately identify, describe, and record fine details of clinical specimens both macroscopically and microscopically
    • Read and interpret charts, graphs, and labels
    • Read and interpret instrument panels and printouts
    • Independently perform all aspects of diagnostic procedures in the clinical lab and report results accurately and timely
  • Program Outcomes
    Rates Class of 2022
    CERTIFICATION RATES: For program graduates who took the ASCP BOC exam within one year following graduation No data (as of 8/9/2022)
    ATTRITION/GRADUATION RATES: For students who began the last year of the program 100% graduation
    PLACEMENT RATES: Graduates who found employment (in MLS or a closely related field) and/or continued their education within six months of graduation 100% placement

    As a new program currently undergoing initial accreditation, we do not have 3 years’ worth of data on program outcomes. Data provided here pertains to the initial graduating class (undergraduate May 2022) and is current as of 8/9/2022.

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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. We also offer an entry-level master’s program in Medical Laboratory Science which is designed to grant the student a graduate degree while completing the necessary program-specific coursework.

In both options, students complete — within two semesters — clinical rotations that give them invaluable hands-on experience.

At the conclusion of both programs, 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 scientists, market demand has resulted in increased salaries and excellent job placement.

Envision Your Future

The information below shows a few of the positions you can hold and the annual salaries that are typical of them. The data is courtesy of the American Society of Clinical Pathology’s 2019 Wage Survey of Medical Laboratories in the U.S. Click here to view the full report.

$68K (staff)
$92K (manager)

Medical Laboratory Scientist/ Clinical Laboratory Scientist

$55K (staff)
$74K (manager)

Point of Care Testing Personnel

$80K (staff)

Laboratory Information System (LIS) Personnel

Current Clinical Affiliates

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Gain Real World Experience

All students in the MLS program must complete a series of clinical rotations to graduate. Clinical site placement is determined at the end of the spring semester, prior to the final year of the program. For more details on this process, please refer to the student handbook.

  • Yale New Haven Health System
    • Yale New Haven Hospital
    • Bridgeport Hospital
    • Greenwich Hospital
    • Lawrence + Memorial Hospital
    • Westerly Hospital
  • VACT Healthcare – West Haven VA Medical Center
  • Hartford Healthcare – Hartford Hospital
  • Stamford Health – Stamford Hospital
  • Griffin Health – Griffin Hospital
  • Nuvance Health – Danbury Hospital
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Licensure and Certification Information

In the University’s B.S. Medical Laboratory Science program students can start the path towards becoming a Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS). Students that complete this program are eligible to sit for the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification (BOC) examination.

  • Our curriculum meets the educational requirements for MLS certification or licensure in CT and NJ.
  • Our curriculum does not meet the educational requirements for MSL licensure in CA, FL, GA, HI, LA, MT, NV, NY, ND, PR, RI, TN, and WV.
  • We have not yet made a determination if our curriculum meets the MLS licensure requirements in AS, GU, MP, and VI.

The following states do not regulate Medical Lab Science certification/licensure: AL, AK, AZ, AR, CO, DE, DC, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, NE, NH, NM, NC, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI, and, WY.


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Licensure Information

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