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Curriculum Requirements

MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENCE (MLS) Certification Requirements

Completing these MLS Requirements (or Categorical, see note below) makes you eligible for the certification examination needed to practice in the profession. Certification is achieved by successfully passing the Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) exam 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 an NAACLS-accredited program in Medical Laboratory Science at the University of Vermont within the last five years

We will review your transcript to determine the Biology, Chemistry, and Mathematics credit hours that are acceptable.

Required Courses for MLS Certification

Clinical Chemistry 7 credits MLS 221, 222
Hematology 4 credits MLS 231
Clinical Microbiology 7 credits MMG 222; MLS 255
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
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 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

Elective Courses

For additional courses available to Post-Baccalaureate MLS students from the colleges and departments at UVM, please click here. Credit is also granted for research programs.