Program Highlights


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 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 certificate program in Medical Laboratory Science, students will demonstrate:

  • Competency to perform a full range of testing in a contemporary clinical laboratory encompassing pre-analytical, analytical, and post-analytical components of laboratory services:
  • Proficiency to interpret results, use critical thinking skills to problem solve, and apply statistical approaches when evaluating data;
  • Ability to identify and trouble-shoot technical problems in laboratory procedures and instrumentation;
  • Professional conduct as a member of the healthcare team and effective communication skills;
  • An understanding of basic concepts related to quality assurance, quality improvement, laboratory education, administrative operation, information technology, and clinical decision making.
  • Ability to critically evaluate laboratory results and correlate them with human disease;
  • Ability to determine the appropriate utilization of laboratory tests for screening, monitoring, therapy, and prognosis of human diseases;
  • Adherence to standard operating procedures regarding safe work practices related to clinical specimens and infectious agents;
  • Application of governmental regulations and standards as applied to medical laboratory practice in the clinical setting.

Program Effectiveness Data


Program Area UVM Average NAACLS Benchmark ASCP National Average
Completion Rate for Students Entering Professional (Third Year) Program 100%* 70%
ASCP Certification Exam Pass Rate 83%* 75% 79%*
Job Placement Rate for Graduates Actively Seeking Employment 100%* 70%

*Percentage represents five-year average for 2014-2018


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.


The Medical Laboratory Science Program at the University of Vermont has been re-accredited for the period April 30, 2015, through April 30, 2022, by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119; 773-714-8880.

Employment and Salary information according to the U.S. Department of Labor; Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook

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

Our Medical Laboratory Science Program has a certificate program for post-baccalaureate students interested in becoming eligible to take the certification exam required to practice in the profession.

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