Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science (BS)
Medical laboratory scientists are trained to work in clinical chemistry, hematology, immunohematology, immunology and microbiology, with various sub-specialties in each of these major areas. The program of study is designed to provide the knowledge and technical skills necessary to qualify an individual for work in a diagnostic clinical laboratory, research, or industry. Students complete two years of pre-professional courses in science and general education, and after admission into the Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) professional program, complete two years of medical laboratory science courses. The professional course work includes didactic courses, student laboratory instruction, and clinical experience rotations in medical laboratories in the Salt Lake Valley.
As outcomes measures of curriculum effectiveness, the University of Utah's MLS undergraduate program has a three year average ASCP Board of Certification pass rate of 94% when the exam was taken within one year of graduation. In the last three years, 100% of students who began the final half of the MLS program graduated with a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree and/or a certificate of completion. One hundred percent of graduates in the last three years were employed in the field or in a closely related field and/or continued their education within one year of graduation.
- Bachelor of Science (2 + 2 Track)
- Post Baccalaureate
Bachelor of Science (2 + 2 Track)
Due to the careful admission process used to determine the number of students usually admitted to the MLS program, the possibility that students will not be accommodated in clinical internship experiences has never occurred. The priority for the MLS program is to always obtain clinical rotation sites for students who are qualified and ready to begin the clinical experience. Given the size of the Salt Lake Valley, there is ability to obtain clinical sites as needed. Nevertheless, should some unforeseen problem in the clinical affiliates occur, students in the MLS program should know that every effort will be made to accommodate their clinical experience at the time it is scheduled, and that if a clinical affiliate is not available, students will be assigned rotation dates in order of their current grade point average for MLS prefixed courses only.
The following clinical affiliates of the Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) Program at the University of Utah provide clinical training for MLS students. It is the goal of these institutions to assist MLS students in completing their education by providing a variety of clinical laboratory experiences and exposure to professional, academic, and medical atmospheres. Our current clinical sites for MLS student rotations are at the following facilities:
- Alta View Hospital (IHC)
- ARUP - Central
- ARUP - University of Utah Hospital Clinical Lab
- IMC Central Lab (IHC)
- Jordan Valley Hospital
- Jordan Valley Medical Center - West Valley Campus
- LDS Hospital (IHC)
- Riverton Hospital (IHC)
- St. Mark's Hospital
Laboratory analysis by the medical laboratory scientists plays a critical role with the physician in the diagnosis and treatment of disease and the maintenance of health. Medical laboratory scientists are professionals who are not only prepared to produce laboratory data, but also to assure the quality of those data, compare and select laboratory methods, advise other health care workers on the validity of data, and supervise ancillary laboratory personnel.
Graduates of this NAACLS (National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences) accredited program receive a bachelor of science degree in medical laboratory science from the University of Utah and are qualified to take a certification examination administered by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification (BOC).
More information about this career and program is available by contacting NAACLS. NAACLS is located at 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720 in Rosemont, IL 60018. Phone # 773.714.8880, www.naacls.org. Information is also available at www.ascp.org.
Post Baccalaureate Option
The University of Utah’s Medical Laboratory Science Program offers an option for graduates with a baccalaureate degree in biological, chemical, or physical sciences. These students may have the opportunity to complete the program at an accelerated pace. This intensive track for BS degree graduates runs concurrently with the traditional 2+2 track for undergraduate students majoring in medical laboratory science.
At the conclusion of the program, students are eligible to take the national certification exam as a medical laboratory scientist. Certification is required by most employers to work as a medical laboratory scientist in a clinical laboratory. Since there is a critical nationwide shortage of certified medical laboratory technologists, market demand has resulted in increased salaries.
The MLS Program was awarded accreditation for 10 years effective October 31, 2017 (through 2027). This award represents the maximum time period for accreditation cycles. The accrediting agency, the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), is a nonprofit organization that independently accredits clinical laboratory science programs. The major steps in the programmatic accreditation process as conducted by NAACLS includes (1) the self-study process; (2) the site visit process; (3) evaluation by a review committee and (4) evaluation by the Board of Directors. The entire accreditation process and subsequent evaluation is based on standards, which are the minimum criteria used when determining programmatic accreditation.
The accreditation award also represents dedication and support from the clinical faculty who oversee internship experiences for students. The MLS program is grateful to these individuals and their institutions.
More information about NAACLS and the process accreditation may be found at http://www.naacls.org.