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 2 tracks, depending on their background:

  • Track 1 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 2 is for medical laboratory science-certified graduates who seek advanced training and expertise in evidence-based practice, scientific research, healthcare management and leadership. Track 2 also includes an accelerated master’s option for current UVM medical laboratory science students.

Both Track 1 and Track 2 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 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, health care leadership and 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 1 will complete a semester-long clinical practicum at one of our clinical affiliate hospitals as part of the core NAACLS-accredited program.

Specific Requirements

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

Track 1

  • B.S. or B.A. 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)
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores (international students)
  • UVM Graduate College Application

Track 2

  • B.S. 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)
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores (international students)
  • UVM Graduate College Application

MINIMUM DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Track 1

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

FIRST YEAR
Fall Semester
MLS 221Clinical Chemistry I4
BHSC 281Applied Molecular Biology3
BHSC 282Applied Molecular Biology Lab1
STAT 200QR: Med Biostat&Epidemiology3
or STAT 211 QR: Statistical Methods I
MLS 310Advanced Immunobiology3
Spring Semester
BHSC 244Immunology Lab1
MLS 222Clinical Chemistry II3
CTS 302Quality in Healthcare3
PATH 325Genetics for Clinicians3
MMG 222Advanced Medical Microbiology4
NH 399Fundamentals Critical Inquiry3
Summer Semester
MLS 397Clinical Leadership & Mgt3
MLS 390Research and Design II3
SECOND YEAR
Fall Semester
MLS 372Emerging Diag. Technologies3
MLS 255Clinical Microbiology II3
MLS 231Hematology4
MLS 262Immunohematology4
Spring Semester
MLS 301Clinical Practicum12
MLS 391Research Capstone3
MLS 302Certification Review1
Total Credits67

Track 2

30 credits of advanced practice coursework.

FIRST YEAR
Fall Semester
MLS 372Emerging Diag. Technologies3
STAT 200QR: Med Biostat&Epidemiology3
or STAT 211 QR: Statistical Methods I
Spring Semester
NH 399Fundamentals Critical Inquiry3
PATH 325Genetics for Clinicians3
Summer Semester
MLS 397Clinical Leadership & Mgt3
MLS 390Research and Design II3
SECOND YEAR
Fall Semester
MLS 391Research Capstone3
Approved Elective3
Spring Semester (Note: these courses may also be taken in the Spring of year 1)
MLS 371Clinical Correlations3
CTS 302Quality in Healthcare3
or GRNS 328 Quality in Healthcare
Total Credits30

COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION

Students will complete a written comprehensive exam prior to their final semester. 

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

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