Innovating the Future of Health Care
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.
About the Online BS in MLS
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.
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; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.naacls.org
“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.”
Everything You Need to Know
The job outlook for professionals holding a Medical Laboratory Science degree is positive. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that employment of medical laboratory technologists and technicians will grow 16 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations*.* www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-and-clinical-laboratory-technologists-and-technicians.htm
Patient access to quality health care depends on the availability of certified professionals at every touch point. Medical laboratory science is no exception, as an accurate diagnosis creates the basis for each patient’s treatment plan.
The challenge for health care providers is the lack of qualified medical laboratory talent with the credentials to fill increasingly sophisticated roles. In fact, the shortage is so great that the allied health discipline has been identified as an area of need under the federal Workforce Investment Act.
The University of Cincinnati is committed to expanding our curriculum in response to these increasing needs. It is our goal to grow the pool of skilled medical laboratory scientists through our online Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science program. Interested students are encouraged to research the salary outlook and latest trends driving opportunities in this field.
One factor driving the growth of health care careers across the board is an aging population. The aging of society points to a natural increase in medical conditions over time, including those that require ongoing diagnostic tests such as cancer, diabetes, high cholesterol and more.
Another aspect influencing positive growth is a laboratory workforce that is reaching retirement age. According to the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), approximately 40 percent of today’s medical laboratory technologists and technicians are within 10 years of leaving the workforce.
who hold a Medical Laboratory Science degree are in demand from coast to coast. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers project there will be almost 11,000 open positions for laboratory technologists and technicians annually through 2018. Meanwhile, less than 5,000 individuals are graduating from medical laboratory science programs each year, according to the ASCP.
A variety of career opportunities exist for individuals with a Medical Laboratory Science degree. Hospitals, outpatient facilities and laboratory testing centers are all experiencing an increased demand for qualified professionals.Read More
A Time of Growth and Opportunity
Graduates of the University of Cincinnati online BS in Medical Laboratory Science program can look forward to expanding their career opportunities. Industry trends point to the need for experienced medical laboratory scientists increasing steadily over the years to come.
Trends in Medical Laboratory Science
- Growth in the range and complexity of available tests and services.
- Advances in medical laboratory science equipment and automated testing techniques.
- Advancements in molecular testing to diagnose and treat conditions.
- Increased opportunities for research based on large and more easily accessed data sets.
- Aging patient population in need of regular testing for chronic disease states and disease management.
- Medical laboratory science talent shortage in hospitals, clinics and laboratory centers across the United States.
- Skills gap exacerbated by laboratory employees retiring.
A Convergence of Ambition and Analytics
Working in the medical laboratory science field can be an exciting career choice for individuals who want to play an important role in diagnosing illnesses and creating subsequent treatment plans. The laboratory is where many medical discoveries start, whether that means consulting with physicians to understand a patient’s condition or working with researchers to uncover new breakthroughs.
The contributions of professionals with a Medical Laboratory Science degree are critical to our future as patients and health care workers.Read More
The Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science program is designed to complement the lifestyle of busy working professionals, giving you the flexibility to graduate in just over two years. We have three starts per academic calendar year: fall, spring and summer.
Exciting and Insightful Coursework
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. Your coursework will include the following courses:
- MLSC 3052: Special Topics in Medical Laboratory Science
- MLSC 3053: Clinical Immunology
- MLSC 3054: Clinical Fluid Analysis
- MLSC 3055: Statistics
- MLSC 3056: Hemostasis
- MLSC 4050: Diagnostic Molecular Biology
- MLSC 4051: Clinical Chemistry
- MLSC 4057: Hematology
- MLSC 4059: Special Microbiology
- MLSC 4060: Clinical Microbiology
- MLSC 4061: Advanced Clinical Microbiology
- MLSC 4062: Principles of Immunohematology
- MLSC 4063: Advanced Immunohematology
- MLSC 4066: Advanced Clinical Chemistry
- MLSC 4068: Advanced Hematology
- MLSC 4069: Advanced Clinical Practice
- MLSC 3963: Advanced Lab Concepts
- MLSC 3051: Laboratory Operations
- MLSC 4058: Medical Laboratory Science Capstone
- MLSC 4071: Advanced Clinical Correlations
In the final term, you will conduct a medical laboratory science capstone research project centered on an aspect of today’s state-of-the art medical laboratory science practice. Your capstone project will culminate in a written report of your research and findings, which you will publicly present to faculty and peers.Read More
Learn from credentialed faculty members who have a strong commitment to their students’ success. Our innovative instructional approach encourages critical thinking and clinical expertise built on a foundation of ethical practice.
Charity Accurso, Ph.D., MT (ASCP)
Dr. Accurso is the Program Director of the Medical Laboratory Science Program. Dr. Accurso is a graduate of the campus MLS program at UC. After completion of her PhD in Pathobiology and Molecular Medicine, Dr. Accurso helped to launch the online MLS program to assist laboratory professionals in reaching their educational goals. Dr. Accurso draws on her academic training and laboratory experience to help in designing and delivering a program that aims to challenge students to advance their knowledge in the field of medical laboratory science.Read More
Our students’ success is the true reflection of our commitment at the University of Cincinnati. We are proud to hear your stories of how earning your degree with us has made a difference in your life and the lives of others.
"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, CLS (MLS) Graduate New Jersey
“This program has been wonderful. It is challenging and rewarding. All of the instructors, facilitators and everyone else involved are very knowledgeable and always willing to lend a helping hand. I recently accepted a new position as a lab manager and truly believe that my experiences in this program contributed greatly to this success. With all of the daily responsibilities involved with being the head of my household, I found it nearly impossible to continue my education and earn my bachelor’s degree. That was until I discovered this amazing online program. Thank you UC!”
— Marjorie Greene, CLS (MLS) Graduate Ohio
“I am extremely happy that I chose the University of Cincinnati because I feel that it’s a quality program that will help me professionally when I retire from the military. The facilitators are active within their groups and are always available to lend a helping hand. I would recommend the University of Cincinnati’s Clinical Laboratory Science (MLS) program to anyone who is serious about their education. I know that when I graduate I will have truly earned my degree, will be fully prepared for the national registry and will be proud to hang the diploma on my wall.”
— Adele Warner, CLS (MLS) Graduate HawaiiRead More
Eligible applicants to the University of Cincinnati Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science program must hold an associate degree from a NAACLS accredited CLT/MLT program or equivalent coursework and ASCP CLT/MLT certification.
Eligible applicants to the University of Cincinnati Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science program must meet the following qualifications:
- Hold an associate degree from a NAACLS accredited* CLT/MLT program or equivalent coursework and ASCP CLT/MLT certification
- Complete a MLS program application packet
- Complete a UC online application
- Submit proof of ASCP CLT/MLT certification
- Possess a minimum 2.5 GPA
- Submit official transcripts from all schools attended
- Submit a letter of intent and updated resume
- Submit three reference forms, an essential functions form and a statement of health form (all available in the MLS program application packet)
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, complete the form at the top of this page.
Q: Why is accreditation important?
A: Accreditation is important for obtaining certification and licensure in the medical laboratory science field, 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).
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.
*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; email@example.com; http://www.naacls.orgRead More
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