Curriculum and Program Requirements
A B.S. degree in Medical Laboratory Science provides exciting opportunities for individuals with an interest in science who wish to pursue a career in a health/medical profession or other laboratory-related field. Medical Technologists, also called Clinical Laboratory Scientists and most recently Medical Laboratory Scientists, analyze human blood and other body fluids using a variety of methods and precision instruments. The results of these analyses are used to determine the presence or absence of disease, help determine appropriate treatment, monitor therapy, and assess health. In addition to performance and interpretation of laboratory procedures, clinical laboratory scientists may be involved in the selection of lab methods or analyzers, as well as training, supervision, and consultation with other health care professionals.
The program is currently licensed by the state of CT to offer a program and pending national program accreditation, completion of the degree will lead to eligibility for optional certification by the Board of Registry of the American Society of Clinical Pathology as a Medical Laboratory Scientist.
Granting of the degree/certificate is not contingent on passing any type of external certification or licensure examination.
The UB Medical Laboratory Science program is pursuing formal national accreditation through the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, 5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119 (773) 714-8880
Entrance Requirements and Advising
Incoming Freshman who have met the following criteria: (a) SAT scores of 530 verbal and 520 math, and 480 writing or composite ACT score of 22; (b) Grade point average of B (3.0) or better; (c) Three years of mathematics and two lab sciences in high school can declare a MLS major at any time during the first two years of study.
The formal medical laboratory science curriculum encompasses the last two years of study. All prospective MLS majors, including transfer students will be evaluated prior to the fall semester of the junior year to determine whether all the necessary pre-requisites have been met or are in progress. To continue into the junior year of the program all MLS majors must complete a minimum 61 semester hours including all UB general education requirements, except Capstone, and all science foundation courses. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.50. MLS majors are required to maintain a grade of C or better in all science foundation courses.
We also accept the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) and require an Overall band score of 6.5 and no part score lower than 6.0
Program Requirements and Features
Completion of the Medical Laboratory Science degree requires 28 weeks of supervised clinical work in a hospital laboratory, provided by our clinical affiliates.
Since the curriculum includes laboratory work done under professional supervision, the degree candidate not only must satisfy the customary expectations of academic work but also must meet the high-quality standards demanded of a professional medical laboratory scientist. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.50. MLS students are required to maintain a grade of C or better in all required courses. MLS students must pass a comprehensive pre-clinical examination prior to pursuing their clinical rotations.
Individual professional liability insurance is required of each student and can be purchased through American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS).
Criminal background checks and/or drug screening may be required before clinical rotations. A background check that is not “clear” may preclude rotations at some hospitals and prevents employment at most healthcare facilities.
As a closure requirement for graduation, students must pass a comprehensive department examination covering all aspects of clinical laboratory science. However, issuing of the degree is not contingent on passing any type of external certification or licensure examination.
Pre-Physician Assistant and Health Professional Options
The Medical Laboratory Science Major meets all per-requisites for UB’s Physician Assistant program, including 500 hours of clinical experience. Successful graduates of the Medical Technology program are also highly competitive for other medical, health, and research oriented graduate programs.
Medical Laboratory Science MINOR Option
Biology majors wishing to obtain a minor in Medical Laboratory Science must take BIOL 102, BIOL 320, BIOL 332, BIOL 441,BIOL 443 CHEM 360, CHEM 380, and at least two 300 level MLS courses. Students interested in this program should contact the Medical Laboratory Science Program Director. A minor in Medical Laboratory Science will not lead to eligibility for certification as a Medical Laboratory Scientist.
Medical Laboratory Certificate: A categorical certificate option for people already possessing a B.S. degree and meeting the necessary ASCP pre-requisites is available and requires a customized plan of study, please see the program director for further information and a consultation. You may also go to http://ascp.org/Board-of-Certification/GetCertified#tabs-1