Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science

Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science
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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, offered by 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 or MLT. It allows students to complete their bachelor’s degree while balancing work and life responsibilities, providing the flexibility needed to remove traditional barriers to going back to school.

This is a MLT-to-MLS completion program, most students will need a completed associate degree prior to starting. Exceptions can be made for only military MLT students missing an associate degree. Contact us at [email protected] and your Enrollment Advisor will work with you directly.

Our program is designed to emphasize the technical and academic skills necessary for today’s medical laboratory scientists. 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 certification.

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

Why Advance from a MLT to MLS Degree?

When you advance your degree from an MLT to a MLS degree, you also advance your career in a field Scientist in gloves examining vialsvital to patient diagnosis and treatment. As disease management and intervention becomes even more in demand, medical laboratory scientists answer the call to help people live longer, healthier lives. 

In addition to their primary work, 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
  • Over 20 years of history as an online MLT-to-MLS program
  • Transfer credits accepted from NAACLS* accredited CLT/MLT associate degree programs
    *The University of Cincinnati is accredited by The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS); Contact for Accrededation Inquiries: NAACLS | 5600 N. River Rd. Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119; Phone: 773-714-8880; Fax: 773-714-8886; [email protected]

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the University of Cincinnati (UC) medical laboratory science program consistently perform higher than the national average on the American Society for Clinical Pathology’s Board of Certification Exam in medical laboratory science. Program outcomes are calculated following NAACLS guidelines and are based on students who began the second half of the program and graduated from the online BS, campus-based BS and campus-based certificate programs.

Medical Laboratory Science Board Certification Pass Rates*

UC MLS National Average
Jan. – June 2023 93.1% 77.5%
July – Dec. 2022 85.5% 73.9%
Jan. – June 2022 88% 77.4%
July – Dec. 2021 88% 77.4%
Jan. – June 2021 88% 77%
July – Dec. 202 85% 78%
Jan. – June 2020 90.7% 83.4%

*Pass rates reflect the percentage of students who have passed the ASCP BOC Exam within one year of graduation

Medical Laboratory Sciences Graduation and Placement Rates

2020-2021 2021-2022 2022-2023
Graduation Rate* 71% 80% 86%

*Graduation rates reflect the percentage of students who began the second half of the accredited program and have successfully graduated

2020-2021 2021-2022 2022-2023
Placement Rate* 99% 99% 100%**

*Placement rates reflect the percentage of graduates who either find employment in the field of medical laboratory science or a closely related field (for those who seek employment) or continue their education within one year of graduation.

**The value listed for the most recent year is not yet final and will be updated after the one-year post-graduation timeframe has closed for all graduating cohorts at the end of June.


Is a Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Sciences right for me?

If you’ve already earned your CLT/MLT associate degree, our online program can help you advance your career to the next level as a medical laboratory scientist. Our graduates enjoy benefits like increased pay, eligibility for promotion and advancement, and a greater knowledge of laboratory science and techniques.

Students who excel in this program are multitaskers who enjoy solving puzzles and problems through a hands-on approach to science. If this sounds like you, read on to learn more about the benefits of advancing your education.

Career Opportunities Include:
  • Medical laboratory scientist (MLS)
  • Medical laboratory management
  • Research and development
  • Clinical supervisor
  • Forensics
  • Technical specialist
  • Education and instruction
  • Laboratory information specialist

Is UC Online right for me?

“This degree has helped me tremendously, as soon as I graduated I was given a raise for becoming a MLS. The program was a perfect fit for my work-life balance. It was beneficial to have an online program that I was able to work on within my own timeframe”

Sonny C.
Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science Alum

“I am really passionate about the lab, one could say I fell in love with the lab when I was working third shift as a phlebotomist. The clinical rotation requirement for this program helped me gain experience in departments I had not had experience in previously. ”

Michaela G.
Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science Alum

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