Medical Laboratory Science


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

Individuals may enter the program via two 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, health care management and leadership. Track 2 also includes an accelerated Master’s option for current UVM Medical Laboratory Science students (we are currently not accepting applications for Track 2).

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.

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 practicum  at one of our clinical affiliate hospitals as part of the core NAACLS-accredited program.