Frequently Asked Questions
The Program has achieved national accreditation through the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). As such, students who have successfully completed the program, may sit for the national certification examination offered by the Board of Certification of the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).
National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
- Address5600 North River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119
- Phone(773) 714-8880
- 100% Job placement in career-related fields except for students pursuing advanced degrees.
- 100% average graduation rate for students having completed clinical rotations.
- 93% average pass rate on the national certification exam over three years.
The full MLS program is currently offered only as a 4 year traditional degree or as a second degree program. The length of time to obtain a second degree in MLS is dependent on how many credits transfer to UB. A Categorical program of study is usually offered to people already having a BS degree and can potentially be completed in approximately two years. It is designed for people wanting a more rapid means to begin working in a clinical laboratory or for those people wanting to specialize.
MLS graduates are trained to work as Generalists in all four major clinical labs which are Chemistry, Hematology, Microbiology and Blood Bank (Immunohematology). Categorical people generally study and then work in fewer than four sections of the lab. Although Generalist status is best for hiring eligibility, it is suggested that people seeking categorical status combine a minimum of two categorical areas, such as Chemistry and Hematology, to make themselves more marketable for hire.
Certification is accomplished by taking and successfully passing the national certification examination offered by the Board of Certification of the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP). The ASCP offers an exam for Generalist and exams in each categorical area.
Students are encouraged to sit for the national certification examination as soon as possible after completion of the Program. The program does not require you to pass the certification examination in order to grant you a degree. For more information on certification:
American Society for Clinical Pathology
- Address33 West Monroe Street, Suite 1600, Chicago, IL 60603
- Phone1 (800) 267-2727