Medical Laboratory Science M.S.

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

Overview

The Master of Science in Medical Laboratory Science (MMLS) program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills required for leadership opportunities in management, education, research and advanced clinical practice in the medical laboratory science profession.

Individuals may enter the program via two tracks, depending on their background:

  • Track One is for individuals with a bachelor’s degree who are not certified in medical laboratory science but desire a career in the clinical laboratory sciences. Upon completion of the program, these students will be eligible to take the national certification exam in medical laboratory science offered by the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP).

  • Track Two is for medical laboratory science-certified graduates who seek advanced training in evidence-based practice, health care management and scientific research.

Both Track One and Track Two involve 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 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, health care management, policy, ethics, quality, research design and methods; and research experiences to prepare graduates of both tracks to become future leaders in the profession.

Students in Track One will complete a semester-long clinical internship at one of the hospitals within the University of Vermont Medical Center Network (UVM Medical Center Campus, Champlain Valley Physician’s Hospital Campus, and Central Vermont Medical Center Campus) as part of the core NAACLS-accredited program.

Specific Requirements

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

Track One

  • BS or BA in one of the life sciences (or related field) from accredited college or university
  • Minimum overall GPA of 3.0
  • Undergraduate and (when applicable) graduate transcripts
  • General biology or anatomy and physiology (8 credits), general chemistry (8 credits), organic chemistry or biochemistry (4 credits), general microbiology with lab (4 credits), college level math (3 credits)
  • GRE
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores (international students)
  • UVM Graduate College Application

Track Two

  • BS in Medical Laboratory Science or related field
  • ASCP certification in Medical Laboratory Science or ASCP certification-eligible
  • Minimum overall GPA of 3.0
  • Undergraduate and (when applicable) graduate transcripts
  • General biology or anatomy and physiology (8 credits), general chemistry (8 credits), organic chemistry or biochemistry (4 credits), general microbiology with lab (4 credits), college level math(3 credits)
  • GRE
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores (international students)
  • UVM Graduate College Application

MINIMUM DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Track One

43 credits NAACLS accredited courses and 24 credits Advanced Practice courses (67 credits total).

First Year
Fall Semester
GRNS 322Org, Deliv & Finance Hlth Care3
or GRNS 328 Quality in Healthcare
MLRS 281Applied Molecular Biology3
MLRS 282Applied Molecular Biology Lab1
MMG 233Genetics and Genomics3
or BIOL 275 Human Genetics
STAT 200Med Biostatistics&Epidemiology3
or STAT 211 Statistical Methods I
MLS 255Clinical Microbiology II3
Spring Semester
MLRS 242Immunology3
or MMG 223 Immunology
MLRS 244Immunology Lab1
MLS 221Clinical Chemistry I4
MMG 222Clinical Microbiology I4
MLS 389Research and Design I3
Summer Semester
MLS 397Clinical Leadership & Mgt3
MLS 390Research and Design II3
Second Year
Fall Semester
GRNS 322Org, Deliv & Finance Hlth Care3
or GRNS 328 Quality in Healthcare
MLS 222Clinical Chemistry II3
MLS 231Hematology4
MLS 262Immunohematology4
MLS 391Research Capstone3
Spring Semester
MLS 301Clinical Practicum12
MLS 302Certification Review1
Total Credits67

Track Two

30 credits of advanced practice coursework.

First Year
Fall Semester
GRNS 322Org, Deliv & Finance Hlth Care3
or GRNS 328 Quality in Healthcare
MLS 371Clinical Correlations I3
MMG 233Genetics and Genomics3
or BIOL 275 Human Genetics
Spring Semester
STAT 200Med Biostatistics&Epidemiology3
or STAT 211 Statistical Methods I
MLS 389Research and Design I3
MLS 372Clinical Correlations II3
Summer Semester
MLS 397Clinical Leadership & Mgt3
MLS 390Research and Design II3
Second Year
Fall Semester
GRNS 322Org, Deliv & Finance Hlth Care3
or GRNS 328 Quality in Healthcare
MLS 391Research Capstone3
Total Credits30

COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION

Students will complete a comprehensive exam no later than the end of their second to final semester.  The exam will include both written and oral components

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

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