Medical Laboratory Sciences Programs
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.