Master of Science in Medical Laboratory Science Leadership

Master of Science in Medical Laboratory Science Leadership
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A Master’s in Medical Laboratory Science Leadership provides graduate level professionals and scholars the knowledge and skills needed to address the advances in high-complexity and specialized testing, administration, and educational needs in the diagnostic laboratory in order to maintain and improve the quality of healthcare nationwide.

Laboratory scientists examine body fluids and tissues, and perform complex tests on patient samples – relaying test results to physicians. Leaders in this space must gain unique knowledge, application, and understanding of laboratory specific processes, regulations, and challenges to meet the needs currently facing the laboratory profession. A Master’s in Medical Laboratory Science Leadership from the University of Cincinnati Online helps you gain the skills and education you need to take on a leadership role, without many of the traditional barriers to continuing your education.

University of Cincinnati’s Master of Science in Medical Laboratory Science Leadership Program

The University of Cincinnati’s Masters in Medical laboratory Science is designed to provide practicing professionals of medical laboratory science and related fields with additional knowledge, skills, and attributes in leadership, management, education, research, and advanced practice methods.

The Medical Laboratory Science Master’s program coursework and experiences emphasize the competencies required of medical laboratory professionals to serve as leaders and educators in accordance with the standards of ethics and professionalism outlined by The American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science and American Society for Clinical Pathology.

In addition, students in this Master of Science in Medical Laboratory Science Leadership program will have the opportunity to obtain a national American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) specialty certification within the various laboratory science content areas based on ASCP Route 2 (Chemistry, Hematology, Microbiology or Molecular Biology) or Route 3 (Blood Banking or Cytometry) requirements with three years of appropriate clinical laboratory or teaching experience within the last 6 years. Eligibility is determined by ASCP.

Program Overview

  • 100% online
  • Opportunity to obtain a national ASCP specialty certification within any laboratory science core
  • World-class faculty
  • Prepare for a growing industry
  • Part-time flexibility
  • Ability to balance school, work, and life responsibilities
  • New classes starting every fall, spring, and summer.

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Is a Master of Science in Medical Laboratory Science Leadership Right for Me?

Are you a medical professional looking to take the next step in your journey in the laboratory science field? Are you interested in learning more and training for a job in a lab that goes beyond what a bachelor’s degree offers? Do you desire to move into more of a leadership or management role in the medical profession? Then a Master’s in Medical Laboratory Science Leadership degree might be the perfect step for you.

This degree is great for those with experience in:
  • Biomedical Research
  • Certified Laboratory Assistance
  • Chemistry
  • Certified Laboratory Assistance
  • Chemistry
  • Cytogenetics
  • Hematology
  • Histology
  • Industry
  • Laboratory/Life Science Education
  • Medical Laboratory Technology
  • Medical Laboratory Science
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Pathology
  • Phlebotomy
  • Veterinary Laboratory

Medical lab science graduate in cap and gown at a graduation ceremonyCareer Options

A Master of Science in Medical Laboratory Science Leadership degree provides several career options for graduates, including management, education, and specialized laboratory practice roles.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of clinical laboratory technologists and technicians (another name for Medical Laboratory Scientists) is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations: 7% between 2019 and 2029. This is due to an aging population who are predicted to need more diagnostic tests for medical conditions like diabetes and cancer.

The average salary for a clinical laboratory technologist as of May 2020 was $54,180 and can be expected to be greater for those who obtain a master’s degree or higher.

A Master’s of Medical Laboratory Science Leadership degree opens the doors to a variety of leadership roles. These roles include:
  • Administrator/Management
  • Advanced Practice Specialist
  • Educator
  • Lead Technical Specialist
  • Technical Supervisor

Is UC Online right for me?

Student Testimonials
“I enjoyed my online learning experience. It was much different from my undergraduate experience over 20 years ago when online learning was not available. The program director was great to work with and extremely helpful along the way. It was a positive experience that went beyond my expectations! I would recommend others to the University of Cincinnati Online programs. This was an overall great experience that I would do again if other advanced degree laboratory professional programs become available. ”

David Hamilton
National Laboratory Administrator for Bureau of Prisons

Donna B. - MS-MLSL Graduate
“U.C. has an excellent reputation for clinical laboratory science programs that I wanted to be part of. I prefer online learning due to flexibility and working at my own pace. The professors were very knowledgeable and very supportive throughout my time here. I would recommend this program to any medical laboratory scientist wanting a challenge and to improve their writing skills while obtaining a master's degree! ”

Donna Barnes
Assistant Professor, Interim MLT/PBT Program Director

Marion Collins - MLSL Graduate
“I would describe the online learning experience to be overall excellent and would recommend it to other clinical laboratory professionals... I plan to use my master’s degree in MLSL to advance my career as a laboratory manager or director in the clinical laboratory science field. ”

Marion Collins
Masters of Medical Laboratory Science Leadership Student

Sarah Joworski, Enrolled in the Masters of Medical Laboratory of Science Leadership Program
“I found the online experience to be flexible given my work schedule. I work overnights at my hospital full time, where I constantly work weekends, holidays, and overtime. Being able to complete my assignments at any time of the day in any environment was essential to succeed in my professional career and as a student. ”

Sarah Jaworski
Masters of Medical Laboratory Science Leadership Student

Lydia Mack, MS-MLSL Graduate
“The UC online experience is a wonderful way to earn a degree on your own time. You can easily incorporate your studies into your personal and work schedules, and the format is customizable... If you are on the fence about starting a degree at UC online, you won’t regret giving it a try.”

Lydia Mack
Masters of Medical Laboratory Science Leadership Student

“I had long been looking for a master's program that was not just about hospital administration, of which there are plenty. Over time, I got involved in the education piece of medical laboratory science, in my own hospital's CLS program, and at the local state university. I knew I would need to further my education to pursue or transition into full-time teaching. I can't quite remember if the University of Cincinnati found me, or I found it. After reading the curriculum offered at UC, I was sold. I had been looking for something exactly like this program. ”

Toni O.
MS-MLS Leadership Graduate

“Before beginning the program, I was uncertain if I could complete all the coursework while working a full-time evening shift. However, now I can confidently say after a year completed that it is very manageable. I would highly recommend this program to those considering advancing their career in the Medical Laboratory field, whether in education, administration, or a specialized concentration. This program will provide you with all the tools necessary to acquire high-level knowledge and experience that will be instrumental in developing your career regardless of the path you choose to travel.”

Vito C.
MS-MLS Leadership Graduate

Michelle Kelly
“The MS-MLS program has taught me the ins and outs of thinking and writing as an MLS leader. The skills and knowledge obtained in this program have assisted me in pursuing my career goal of becoming a Program Director of a Medical Laboratory Technician program at the community college. Dr. Patricia Tille is dedicated to her students and has created an online student-centered environment. Upon completing my first two courses, I knew I had made the right choice with the UC MS-MLS program.”

Michelle K.
MS-MLS Leadership Graduate

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