BS in Medical Laboratory Science

July 01, 2022
August 22, 2022
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University of Cincinnati’s Online MLT-to-MLS Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science

The online MLT-to-MLS Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science from the University of Cincinnati College of Allied Health Sciences is a convenient choice for those who have already completed an associate degree program in CLT/MLT, as it allows students to complete their bachelor’s degree while balancing work and life responsibilities. This is a MLT-to-MLS completion program, so you must have a completed associate degree prior to starting. 

Our program is designed to emphasize the technical and academic skills necessary for today’s medical laboratory scientist. Your medical lab science degree coursework will prepare you for the competencies, ethics, and professionalism outlined by the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science. And you’ll be well-prepared for the medical laboratory science board certificate exam by the same governing body.

Students will also complete a clinical practice portion of the program, as well as a medical lab science program capstone research project.

What is a Medical Laboratory Scientist?

A medical laboratory scientist (MLS) Scientist in gloves examining vialsperforms highly skilled examinations vital to patient diagnosis and treatment, as well as disease management and intervention. Medical Laboratory Science involves the examination and analyzing of body specimens within a lab to detect, diagnose, and treat disease. Lab scientists play an important role in identifying health conditions such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, etc. 

Those with an MLS degree also provide insightful analyses in a variety of roles – from forensics to pharmaceuticals – by examining and analyzing blood, body fluids, tissues, and cells; designing and conducting studies, and monitoring patient outcomes; and much more.

Program Offerings

  • 100% online
  • Can be completed in just over two years.
  • Start in the fall, spring, or summer semester.
  • Financial aid available
  • Prepares students for ASCP MLS certification exam
  • World-class faculty — learn from experts in the field of medical laboratory science
  • Transfer credits accepted from NAACLS* accredited CLT/MLT associate degree programs
    *The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS); 5600 N. River Rd. Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119; Phone: 773-714-8880; Fax: 773-714-8886; [email protected];

Quick Program Stats

  • Our medical laboratory science board certification pass rate was 90% for the 2016-2017 school year.
  • Graduation pass rate of 86% and placement rate of 97% as of 2016-2017.

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Is Medical Laboratory Sciences right for me?

Earning your bachelor’s in medical laboratory science could be a great career path for you if you are a good multitasker who enjoys solving puzzles and problems through a hands-on approach to science. Additionally, if you’ve already earned your CLT/MLT associate degree, our online medical laboratory program can help you toward your goal of advanced science studies.

Career Options with a BS in Laboratory Sciences

With laboratories across the nation facing shortages of medical laboratory scientists, there has never been a better time to earn your bachelor’s degree and advance your career. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, medical laboratory scientist jobs are projected to grow seven percent from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations. In addition, the average wage for a medical laboratory scientist is $54,180 as of May 2020.

Our medical laboratory science online program can help you position yourself for success in a variety of work environments, including management and leadership roles in diverse health care settings – from physician offices and clinics to pharmaceutical and biotechnology firms.

Career Opportunities Include:
  • Medical laboratory management
  • Clinical supervisor
  • Research and development
  • Pharmaceutical representative
  • Forensics
  • Technical specialist
  • Education and instruction
  • Laboratory information specialist

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