Medical Laboratory Science AMP

All students must meet the Requirements for the Accelerated Master's Degree Programs

Overview

The Accelerated Master’s Degree Entry Program (AMP) in Medical Laboratory Science is designed to offer select UVM medical laboratory science students an opportunity to earn both the bachelor’s degree and the master’s degree in Medical Laboratory Science in 5 years.  6 credits toward the M.S. will be earned during the senior year; which will also count toward the B.S..  6 credits will then be completed during the summer after college graduation, with all remaining requirements fulfilled in academic year 5.

The objective of this program is to prepare certified medical laboratory scientists for leadership roles in medical laboratory science practice and research.  Graduates will have advanced training and expertise in evidence-based practice, scientific research, and healthcare management. Students in the AMP program will complete the MLS Track 2 curriculum requirements. 

Track 2 involves a research-based capstone project that will engage students in hands-on research methodology, experimental practice, and scientific communication. The capstone project provides students with the opportunity to develop important skills in evidence-based practice and clinically-related research.

Program faculty conduct research that aims to understand the molecular mechanisms of human disease, with particular emphasis on immune cell activation, gene expression and molecular signal transduction. Our faculty offer advanced practice courses in molecular methods, clinical laboratory correlations, emerging diagnostic technologies, healthcare leadership and management, quality, evidence based practice,  research design and methods; and research experiences to prepare graduates of both tracks to become future leaders in the profession.

Students in Track 1 will complete a semester-long clinical internship at one of the hospitals within the University of Vermont Health Network as part of the core NAACLS-accredited program.

Specific Requirements

REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION TO GRADUATE STUDIES FOR THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF SCIENCE

Students should apply for admission into the AMP in Medical Laboratory Science in the beginning of the spring semester of their junior year.  Consideration for admission requires the following:

  • Must be a current 3rd year medical laboratory science student in good standing
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00
  • Completion of the Graduate College Application form
  • Written personal statement
  • Recommendation by a MLS faculty member

MINIMUM DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

A minimum of 30 credits and successful completion of a comprehensive written exam are required for completion of the AMP in Medical Laboratory Science. In addition, students must successfully complete and defend a research-based capstone project.

Students must also meet the Graduate College requirements for the Master's Degree including maintaining a minimum GPA of 3.0.

30 credits of advanced practice coursework.

FOURTH YEAR UNDERGRADUATE/FIRST YEAR GRADUATE DUAL ENROLLMENT
Fall Semester
STAT 200QR: Med Biostat&Epidemiology3
or STAT 211 QR: Statistical Methods I
Spring Semester
NH 399Fundamentals Critical Inquiry3
FIFTH YEAR GRADUATE ONLY
Summer Semester
MLS 397Clinical Leadership & Mgt3
MLS 390Research and Design II3
Fall Semester
GRNS 322Org, Deliv & Finance Hlth Care3
Or Approved Elective
MLS 372Emerging Diag. Technologies3
MLS 391Research Capstone3
Spring Semester
PATH 325Genetics for Clinicians3
CTS 302Quality in Healthcare3
MLS 371Clinical Correlations3

 COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION

Students will complete a written comprehensive exam by the end of the fall semester of the fifth year.

REQUIREMENTS FOR ADVANCEMENT TO CANDIDACY FOR THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF SCIENCE

Successful completion of the comprehensive exam and in academic good standing.