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Online Education Program Designed for Working Medical/Clinical Laboratory Technicians

Complete in as few as seven terms with part-time study.

  • 100% online — convenient and flexible degree program
  • Ideal for CLTs and MLTs seeking to complete their bachelor’s degree
  • Associate degree credits can transfer directly to the online BS in Medical Laboratory Science
  • Innovative curriculum integrated with practical laboratory skills in clinical health facilities in your community
  • Accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)*
  • Graduates are eligible and well-prepared for the Board of Certification (BOC) exam sponsored by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) for the Medical Laboratory Scientist, MLS (ASCP) credential.
UC's MLS Graduation Rate**
2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016
Graduation Rates:*** 75.7% 79.4% 85.1%
  ASCP BOC Pass Rates
2014 2015 2016
UC MLS** 88.57% 91.04% 90.30%
National Average 84.47% 78.85% 79.80%
  UC's MLS Placement Rate**
2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016
Placement Rate 97.80% 98.20% 96.90%
*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;;
**Includes on campus BS, online BS and on campus certificate tracks. ***As calculated by NAACLS guidelines based on students graduating that began the second half of the program.

About the Online BS in MLS

The nationwide shortage of medical laboratory science professionals is only expected to increase over the years to come, making this an ideal time to pursue your BS degree. We encourage you to act on this opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills necessary for continued growth toward your career goals. The University of Cincinnati’s online Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science program has been designed for clinical laboratory technicians (CLTs) and medical laboratory technicians (MLTs) who are currently working in the field. Our online MLS program combines the quality and high standards of UC’s campus-based program with the flexibility and convenience of state-of-the-art distance learning. It is a smart choice for busy professionals who want to advance their education while also continuing to meet personal and professional responsibilities.

Mission and Purpose

The primary mission of the Medical Laboratory Science program is to educate and equip students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes that are essential for a professional medical laboratory scientist.

In accordance with the University of Cincinnati mission statement, the Medical Laboratory Science program is dedicated to promoting the development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills in an environment that fosters continuing education and lifelong learning. The program coursework and experiences emphasize the technical and academic competencies required of a medical laboratory scientist and the ethics and professionalism outlined by the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science.

The program faculty and staff are committed to continual assessment and revision of the program. Through these efforts, graduating students will be prepared for national certification examinations and employment in their profession as well as pursuing graduate-level education.

Why Choose UC for Your Online Degree?

The University of Cincinnati has been a pioneer among urban, public research universities since our founding in 1819. Today, with more than 200,000 alumni, UC continues in our role as an innovative source for higher education with online programs that connect working professionals with a dynamic global community.

Top-Ranked, Accredited University

UC has gained a notable reputation for its expert faculty, groundbreaking research, innovative curricula, program accreditations and affordable tuition.

  • Top 200 National Universities (U.S. News & World Report college rankings, 2015)
  • The Princeton Review 2015: The Best 379 Colleges
  • PolicyMic, a millennial generation news site, ranked UC as top in the nation for giving students the "Best Bang for Their Buck." (2013)
  • Regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

About the College of Allied Health Sciences

The College of Allied Health Sciences educates and prepares students in a variety of health care fields, including medical laboratory science. Students in the College of Allied Health Sciences can:

  • Achieve clinical skills and provide high-quality service.
  • Learn to excel in the scientific, professional and humanistic aspects of health care.
  • Gain knowledge of the changing needs and demands in the health care field.
  • Participate in activities that enhance their ability to work in interdisciplinary teams.
  • Practice in a manner consistent with well-established methods.

Our Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)*. This credential is a deciding factor for many allied health professionals who choose to study at the University of Cincinnati.

*The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS); 5600 N. River Road Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119; Phone: 773-714-8880; Fax: 773-714-8886;;

“What really strikes me about this distance learning program is the way everything is built with me, the student, in mind. The technology is simple to use and provides me an array of learning activities, from slide-show lectures to chatroom discussions, connecting me with whatever learning style fits best for the material at hand. The University of Cincinnati’s combination of expertise and efficiency has given me not only a top-notch learning environment, but has also provided me a way to excel with both my education and career at the same time.”

— James Rawson, Graduate, New Jersey

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