Post-Baccalaureate Medical Laboratory Science Program



What does a career in medical laboratory science look like?

Medical laboratory scientists have the best of both worlds: medicine and science. You will perform laboratory tests used to uncover and diagnose diseases. Physicians will rely upon your knowledge and skill and count on you to perform essential patient laboratory tests. In today’s clinical laboratories, areas of scientific exploration include immunology, microbiology, hematology, chemistry and transfusion medicine. All physician-ordered lab tests, from therapeutic drug monitoring to bacterial identification, are performed by medical laboratory scientists. You’ll operate complex electronic equipment, computers and precision instruments and be trained to identify various pathogens and human cells using microscopes and a battery of scientific methods.

According to the Coordinating Council on Clinical Laboratory Workforce:

  • 150,000 new technologists are needed by 2014
  • 40 percent of laboratorians will be retiring by 2018

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook:

  • Employment of medical laboratory technologists is expected to grow by 11 percent between 2010 and 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. An increase in the aging population will lead to more diagnoses through laboratory tests. The median annual wage of medical laboratory technologists in May 2010 was $56,130.

The American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) is the preeminent organization representing the clinical/medical laboratory professional.

If you have been thinking about working in healthcare, UVM’s Post baccalaureate Medical Laboratory Science Program can help you achieve your goal.

The Medical Laboratory Science Program at the University of Vermont has a Certificate program for post-baccalaureate students who are interested in becoming eligible to take the certification exam that is required to practice in the profession.

Post Bac MLS Program Highlights

  • MLS Certificate Program can be completed in three semesters
  • Course selection is based on your unique needs and background
  • Individualized advising
  • Main campus features a highly ranked medical school and hospital (Level I Trauma Center)
  • Burlington region provides a friendly college town atmosphere with access to the Lake, mountains and Montreal.

Mission

The mission of the University of Vermont’s Medical Laboratory Science program is to educate, train, and graduate professionally competent and ethical individuals committed to lifelong learning, and who are prepared to meet current and future workplace challenges in medical laboratory science.

Educational Goals

Students who complete the program will:

  • Be competent to function as entry-level medical laboratory scientists in any clinical laboratory environment.
  • Demonstrate problem-solving and critical thinking skills in the clinical setting.
  • Demonstrate effective written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrate the highest professional and ethical standards.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Bachelor’s degree in Medical Laboratory Science, graduates will demonstrate:

  • Competency to perform a full range of testing in the contemporary medical laboratory encompassing pre-analytical, analytical, and post-analytical components of laboratory services.
  • Proficiency to problem-solve, trouble-shoot, interpret results, use statistical approaches when evaluating data, and participate in the development and evaluation of test systems and interpretive algorithms.
  • Professional and respectful conduct as a member of the healthcare team, and effective communication skills to ensure accurate and appropriate information transfer.
  • Administrative skills and knowledge of quality assurance, continuous quality improvement, laboratory education, fiscal resource management/operations, information management, and clinical decision making.
  • Application of safety and governmental regulations and standards as applied to medical laboratory practice.

Program Effectiveness Data

Three-Year Program Completion Rate for students entering third year (professional) program (2011-2013) 86%
Three-year Certification Exam First-Time Pass Rate (2011-2013) 88%
Three-year Job Placement Rate for students who complete the program and are actively seeking employment (2011-2013) 100%

Certification

Students who complete the MLS Clinical Laboratory Science program are eligible to take the American Society for Clinical Pathology certification exam. Certification as a professional medical laboratory scientist is required for work in many clinical diagnostic laboratories.

Accreditation

The Medical Laboratory Science Program at the University of Vermont has been re-accredited for the period April 30, 2008 – April 30, 2015 by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, 5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119; (773) 714-8880.

For More Information

UVM College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Post-Bac MLS Program
302 Rowell, 106 Carrigan Drive
Burlington, Vermont 05405
Phone: (802) 656-0520
Email: MLRS@uvm.edu

Medical Laboratory and Radiation Sciences Faculty and Staff

Full staff listing is available here.

UVM’s Post Bac MLS Program Advising and Support

Our Post Bac MLS students come from a wide variety of backgrounds and professions.

Regular contact is encouraged to help with the many questions you might have, long before you decide to apply, from “what are the program requirements?” to “where can I find a job and housing?” Call and you will be assured of connecting with a knowledgeable advisor, capable of answering your most detailed questions.

Once you’ve been accepted into the program, your advisor will guide you through course selection.

Call (802) 656-3811 or email us at MLRS@uvm.edu to find out what we can do for you as you make this most important move toward a rewarding career in the health field.

MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENCE (MLS) Certification Requirements

Completing these MLS Requirements (or categorical, see note below) allows you to be eligible for the certification examination needed to practice in the profession. Certification is achieved by successfully passing the Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) exam offered by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).

To be eligible for this exam, you must satisfy these requirements:
Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university, which must include 16 credit hours of biological sciences (with one semester in microbiology), 16 credit hours of chemistry (with one semester of organic or biochemistry), one semester of mathematics AND successful completion of a NAACLS accredited program in Medical Laboratory Science at the University of Vermont within the last five years.

Your transcript will be reviewed to determine the biology, chemistry, and mathematics credit hours that are acceptable.

REQUIRED COURSES FOR MLS CERTIFICATION
Clinical Chemistry 8 credits MLS 221, 222
Hematology 4 credits MLS 231
Clinical Microbiology 4-8 credits MMG 222; MLS 255 recommended
Immunology 3 credits MLRS 242/MMG 223
Immunology Lab 1 credit MLRS 244
Immunohematology 4 credits MLS 262
Topics in MLS 3 credits MLS 292
Phlebotomy 1 credit MLRS 110
Clinical Practicum 12 credits MLS 220, 230, 250, 260

Completing the MLS Categorical Requirements in Blood Bank, Hematology, Chemistry, or Microbiology allows you to be eligible for the certification examination in ONE area to practice in the profession. Certification is achieved by successfully passing the Technologist categorical exam offered by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP)

REQUIRED COURSES FOR EACH OF THE MLS CATEGORICAL CERTIFICATION
Blood Bank Hematology Chemistry Microbiology
MLS 231 MLS 231 MLS 220 MMG 222
MLS 262 MLS 230 MLS 221 MLS 250
MLS 260 MLRS 242/MMG 223 MLS 222 MLRS242/MMG 223
MLRS 242/MMG 223 MLRS 244 MLRS 242/MMG 223 MLRS 244
MLRS 244 MLRS 244 (see note)

Note: The Chemistry and Microbiology categorical require 16 credit hours in chemistry or microbiology. The 16 credit hours can come from the 36 credit hours of biology and chemistry.

ELECTIVE COURSES

To view the list of additional courses available to Post Bac MLS students, from the extensive variety of colleges and departments at UVM, please click here. Credit is also granted for research programs.

Fall 2014

SectionTitleInstructorsDatesDaysTimesCreditsCRN
MLRS 110 ZRA

This section is no longer enrolling

  • Christine Griffin
to N/ASee Notes 193901
MLS 220 ZRA

This section is no longer enrolling

  • Christine Griffin
to N/ASee Notes 392121
MLS 222 ZRA

This section is no longer enrolling

  • Koela Ray
to Mon
Wed
Fri
to 492122
to Mon to
MLS 230 ZRA

This section is no longer enrolling

  • Christine Griffin
to N/ASee Notes 392123
MLS 231 ZRA

This section is no longer enrolling

  • Paula Deming
  • Christine Griffin
to Tue
Thu
to 492124
to Tue
Thu
to
MLS 250 ZRA

This section is no longer enrolling

  • Christine Griffin
to N/ASee Notes 392125
MLS 260 ZRA

This section is no longer enrolling

  • Christine Griffin
to N/ASee Notes 392126
MLS 262 ZRA

This section is no longer enrolling

  • Koela Ray
  • Christine Griffin
to Tue
Thu
to 492127
to Tue
Thu
to
MLS 292 ZRA

This section is no longer enrolling

  • Christine Griffin
to N/ASee Notes 392128

There are no courses that meet this criteria.

Summer 2014

SectionTitleInstructorsDatesDaysTimesCreditsCRN

There are no courses that meet this criteria.

The Medical Laboratory Science Program will provide you with a high quality education focused on human health and disease, and position you for intensive practical laboratory experience during your last semester of your anticipated year of completion. The semester-long internship will be spent at any one of your clinical or public health program affiliates. During the fall semester, students are assigned to an affiliate site. Internship assignments are made based on availability of space at the affiliate site and student preference. The laboratory practica offer state-of-the-art computer instrumentation using the latest methods and technologies. During your practicum experience, you will apply theoretical knowledge and learn the skills to perform laboratory procedures, to recognize and solve problems, to assume future leadership roles, to carry out research, and to educate others. You will work one on one with a staff technologist as you gain hands-on experience in diagnostic laboratory medicine.

Download the policy on clinical site availability (PDF)
Download the policy on service work (PDF)

Clinical Affiliates

Voice of a Student: Carrie Bizzarro, ’12

“I completed my clinical internship at Fletcher Allen – and couldn’t have been happier with my experience. The laboratory technologists worked one-on-one with us and let us perform the majority of the laboratory tests. We were exposed to all of the major areas of the lab and doing a lot of the routine testing helped me to hone in on my interests. It was a lot different than performing the tests in the student lab, and it was the first time we had the opportunity to work with a lot of the automated machines. I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to be an MLS intern and because of it I feel like the training process for my first laboratory job won’t be quite as overwhelming.”

 

Voice of a Student: Christopher Pepin, ’12

“During the spring 2012 semester I completed my internship at the Washington D.C. public health lab, which performs important surveillance work. My internship projects focused on surveillance of multi-drug resistant hospital acquired infections, and I had two projects over the semester, both concerning hospital acquired infections. The first involved identifying multi-drug resistant Acinetobacter baumannii, and the second involved typing and tracking MRSA infections. It was extremely satisfying to be a part of them, and the internship experience was excellent.”

This program is designed for graduates with an earned baccalaureate degree who wish to become eligible for national certification in Medical Laboratory Science.

The number of positions in the Medical Laboratory Science Program is based on the number of clinical positions available to University of Vermont MLS students at our clinical affiliates. This means there is a limited number of positions available in the Post Baccalaureate Certificate (PBC) Program each year.

Because of these limitations, if you are admitted you will only be guaranteed a clinical position in the anticipated year of completion. Admission to the program is competitive and selection will depend on space availability and academic standing among the candidates.

Requirements for admission:

1. You must hold a Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited institution by the time you start the program. International students must have their credentials verified by the Foreign Credential Evaluation Services.

2. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 is required.

3. The following courses (or equivalents) must be on your transcript to be considered:

General Chemistry 8 Credits
Biology or Anatomy and Physiology 8 Credits
Mathematics 3 Credits
Organic Chemistry or Biochemistry 4 Credits
Introductory Microbiology 4 Credits

APPLICATION PROCESS

Our Post Bac MLS Program Coordinator is available to help you with the application procedure. Call (802) 656-3811 or email us – we’re here to help. If you prefer that we mail or fax you a paper registration form, please give us a call.

STEPS:

  1. Complete our online application by December 1. NOTE: The Post Bacc Med Lab Science Program begins Spring term, assuming all admission requirements have been met.
  2. Request an official transcript for each higher education institution attended
  3. Submit two letters of recommendation
  4. Write a personal statement

COMPLETE THE ONLINE APPLICATION>>

Transcripts should be submitted separately to:
University of Vermont
Post-Bac MLS Program
302 Rowell, 106 Carrigan Drive
Burlington, Vermont 05405

A college education, especially one designed to realize your dreams of practicing healthcare, is one of the most important investments you can make. The university seeks to help. The Post Baccalaureate Medical Laboratory Science Program is a certificate program at UVM, with tuition charged on a per credit basis up to 12 credits, which is full time. The maximum number of credits allowed for certificate students is 15, and there is no additional tuition charged for 12 – 15 credits.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees for Fall/Spring SemestersTuition and Fees for Summer Sessions

Scholarships

Lufuno Tshikororo Scholarship: This scholarship was established in memory of Dr. Lufuno Tshikororo, who during her eight years as a student and administrator at UVM, touched the lives of numerous students and colleagues. The scholarship is available to non-traditional, continuing education, non-degree students who are ready to accept a new challenge toward self-improvement and to make a difference in the lives of others. Students must be planning to enroll in three credits or more. One $1000 scholarship is available annually. For more information call Continuing Education at 800-639-3210 or 656-2085 or by e-mailRegister for the Lufuno Tshikororo Scholarship Online

Kay Barron Scholarship: The American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science – Vermont  (ASCLS – VT) sponsors the Kay Barron Scholarship for students in the Medical Laboratory Science Program in the State of Vermont. Grant awards ranging from $500 to $750 are awarded beginning the final year of the MLS program. Recipients of the Kay Barron Scholarship must be active ASCLS – VT student members and plan to continue their ASCLS membership after graduation, remaining actively involved. The scholarship is intended for students who have financial needs and have shown that they can contribute to their fullest potential as professional members in ASCLS.

A dynamic and exciting profession that continually changes as new scientific and medical knowledge is discovered.

WHAT DOES A MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENTIST DO?

Medical Laboratory Scientists develop, perform, and evaluate laboratory tests leading to health assessment, diagnosis of disease, and monitoring therapeutic treatment. They use sophisticated biomedical instruments to generate accurate and reliable test results, interpret quality assurance parameters, troubleshoot analytical instruments, and develop and modify testing methods. It is estimated that 70% of all medical decisions are based on laboratory test results produced and reported by medical laboratory scientists.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

  • Hospital and private clinical laboratories
  • Research: Develop and test new methods
  • Public Health: State Health Laboratories, Community Health projects, Environmental testing, Peace Corps
  • Specialty Laboratories: Forensics, Fertility, Veterinary
  • Biotechnology: Product research/development, Data analysis, Quality assurance
  • Sales and Marketing: Biomedical supply, Pharmaceutical companies
  • Laboratory Computer Systems
  • Compliance Inspectors: State and Federal government, Accreditation agencies
  • Infection Control

EMPLOYMENT OUTLOOK AND OPPORTUNITIES

According to the Coordinating Council on Clinical Laboratory Workforce:

  • 150,000 new technologists are needed by 2014
  • 40 percent of laboratorians will be retiring by 2018

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics:

  • Employment of medical laboratory technologists is expected to grow by 11 percent between 2010 and 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. An increase in the aging population will lead to more diagnoses through laboratory tests. The median annual wage of medical laboratory technologists in May 2010 was $56,130.

The American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) is the preeminent organization representing the clinical/medical laboratory professional.

Labs Are Vital TMis a program sponsored by Abbott Diagnostics, in partnership with the International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (IFCC) and professional societies around the globe – all working together to provide a place where laboratory professional have a voice.


Voice of a Student: Carrie Bizzarro, ’12

“The Post-Bac MLS Program has prepared me for a career as a medical laboratory scientist. I looked forward to attending lectures and laboratory with professors who were passionate about their work and dedicated to helping students excel… I took the ASCP board certification exam right after I finished the program and I plan on working as a generalist in a hospital laboratory, and eventually I would like to focus on clinical microbiology.”

 

 

Voice of a Student: Christopher Pepin, ’12

“I found the Post-Bac MLS Program challenging and rewarding. It has filled out my lab skills and provided me with the confidence and understanding needed to succeed in science. There was a time where I was unsure of what I wanted to do in Biology but I can say now that medical microbiology and public health are the perfect combination for me.”