We realize that deciding to pursue your Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science is a major commitment. That’s why we want to make it as easy as possible for you to get the information you need to determine if this program is right for you. Please take some time to review these FAQs.
Q: What is the average salary of a medical laboratory scientist?
A: Salaries for medical laboratory scientists vary depending upon the type of position that graduates might seek, as well as their geographical area. On average, medical laboratory scientists earn between $56,000 and $77,000 a year according to a 2013 survey conducted by the ASCP.
Q: I read the website. What if I have more questions?
A: An enrollment advisor is available to answer all your questions. To have your enrollment advisor contact you, click on the red learn more button at the top of this page.
Q: Why is accreditation important?
A: Accreditation is important for obtaining certification and licensure in medical laboratory science and validating credit for transfer to other regionally accredited colleges or universities.
Q: What kind of accreditation should I look for?
A: In the United States the most widely recognized form of accreditation for degree-granting programs comes from the regional accreditation commissions and professional accrediting bodies. The University of Cincinnati is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Medical Laboratory Science program at UC is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).
*The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS); 5600 N. River Rd. Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119; Phone: 773-714-8880; Fax: 773-714-8886; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.naacls.org
Q: What should I look for in a distance learning program?
A: We recommend you search for a program that has extensive experience delivering distance learning, low student attrition, dedicated full-time faculty, high student satisfaction and minimal travel. Unlike correspondence courses, UC distance learning programs are not self-paced or independent study. They have the benefit of traditional education, like instructor-led structured curriculum, with the convenience and interactivity of online technologies.
Q: I have a busy work and family life and cannot attend classes on campus. Is this program for me?
A: Yes, you can complete your studies in the comfort and convenience of your own home. There are no campus visits required. You have access to your courses 24 hours a day. The curriculum is designed with the working professional in mind; therefore, students have ample opportunity to complete all assignments and tests by the assigned deadlines.
Q: How many hours per week will I need to study?
A: Of course, this is individually based. Approximately 20-25 hours per week should ensure completion of each course on time. However, courses are not self-paced and weekly deadlines are established by each course instructor.
Q: What type of computer skills do I need to start this program?
A: Since this is a fully online program, you should be familiar with using your personal computer – sending email, browsing the internet and navigating the files on your computer. You will need to learn how to use MS Office for assignments, and as a UC student, you will be able to download a free version of MS Office. We realize that new students enter the program with varying levels of computer literacy; therefore, technical support through the UCIT Help Desk, Blackboard and a full-time student services assistant will be available throughout the program. As a new student, you will also be required to complete an orientation to MLS online courses prior to starting classes.
Q: Do I earn the same degree that on-campus students earn?
A: Yes. The University of Cincinnati awards the same Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Laboratory Science regardless of the delivery method: the traditional campus-based program or the distance learning program for working professionals.
Q: How are clinical experiences handled within this distance learning program?
A: To ensure that students meet required entry-level competencies, UC MLS distance learning students are required to complete hands-on clinical rotation training experiences in each area of the clinical laboratory. The clinical experiences are completed as part of the sixth term course Advanced Clinical Practice. During the clinical rotation training experiences, students perform hands-on advanced clinical training tasks under the supervision of an on-site clinical liaison. The MLS clinical coordinator will work with you to identify an appropriate clinical laboratory that can serve as a clinical training site. Clinical experiences can typically be completed in your local community. If an appropriate site is not available locally, you may be required to travel to a site that can meet clinical requirements. Your workplace may be utilized as a clinical site, but student hours must be distinguished from employee hours.
Q: How are assessments administered?
A: Exams and quizzes are administered online through the software Blackboard Academic Suite™. They are typically open for two days and must be completed by the deadline date given in the course syllabus. Major examinations in each course are proctored. Students are responsible for any related costs when using a testing center.
Q: Can I attend graduation?
A: Yes, all distance learning students are welcome to attend graduation on campus. It is a great way to culminate your learning experience.