Medical Laboratory Science Program | UMass Dartmouth

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Major in Medical Laboratory Science

Medical laboratory scientists are the medical detectives who work to answer medical questions and solve medical mysteries. When you major in medical laboratory science, you will learn how to analyze blood, body fluids, cells, tissues, and other specimens to determine both the causes of diseases and their appropriate treatments.

The science behind the medicine

Medical laboratory scientists are essential members of the healthcare team who play a central role in the detection, diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of disease with minimal direct patient interaction. Medical laboratory scientists perform and interpret laboratory tests. Over 70% of all medical decisions are based on the data that medical laboratory scientists provide to the healthcare team.

Do you like biology or chemistry? Do you like problem solving? Do you see yourself as someone who wants to help others? If you said “yes” to any of these questions, a career in medical laboratory science might be the perfect fit for you. Additionally, if you are interested in a biology, chemistry, health science, pre-medical or pre-dental degree, you can specialize in medical laboratory science and apply the knowledge and skills you learn to a range careers in health care and medicine.

Our program focuses on the standard medical laboratory disciplines of clinical chemistry, hematology, urinalysis, microbiology, immunology, and blood banking.

Our comprehensive program, one of the largest in the country, is an integrated academic program in clinical medical laboratory science. Our program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, which makes our students eligible for national certification from the American Society for Clinical Pathology.

100% placement rate

Your education will prepare you to become a contributing member of any healthcare team. You will be qualified for careers in a variety of settings, including clinical laboratories, hospitals, doctors’ offices and health services, as well as positions in research, medicine, management, industry, education and public health. Within six months of graduation, 100% of our graduates have started their careers in these excellent positions or are enrolled in graduate studies. Many of our graduates have several job offers before graduation.

Former medical laboratory science students are qualified for professional and graduate studies in the specialized fields of microbiology, hematology, immunohematology and clinical chemistry. Our program also helps prepare graduates for professional schools of physician assistants, medicine, and dentistry.

Hailey Roy ’19

After gaining clinical experience as an MLS major, Hailey Roy ’19 applies her strong understanding of the humanities to optometry school.

Career investments

  • Beth Israel Deconess Medical Center
  • Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Boston Heart Diagnosis
  • Boston Medical Center
  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Claritas Genomics
  • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • imugen
  • Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • MIT medical
  • South Shore Hospital
  • South Coast Hospital Group
  • Tufts Medical Center

Graduate schools

  • Long Island University Physician Assistant Program
  • New York Chiropractic College
  • New York College of Podiatric Medicine
  • Quinnipiac University
  • Boston University
  • University of Pennsylvania School of Dentistry
  • University of Rhode Island

Affiliates

  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston
  • Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Boston Healthcare AV System, W. Roxbury
  • Boston Medical Center
  • Cape Cod Health System, Hyannis
  • Care New England – Hospital for Women and Infants, Providence
  • Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston
  • New England Baptist Hospital, Boston
  • Providence VA Medical Center, Providence
  • Southcoast Hospital Group (St. Luke’s Hospital, New Bedford and Chalrton Memorial Hospital, Fall River
  • St. Anne’s Hospital, Fall River
  • Tufts Medical Center, Boston

See the full list of MLS Program Affiliates

  • Internship: complete an end-of-studies internship semester in one of our affiliated hospitals
  • Technology: Learn to use state-of-the-art equipment including spectrophotometers, computer-controlled semi-automatic chemical analyzers, urinalysis instruments, hematology cell counters, and instruments for the rapid identification of microorganisms
  • Community: Participate in the Medical Laboratory Science Student Association and Pre-Health Club
  • Honors College: Take advanced courses, pursue your research, and become part of a community of scholars
  • Study Abroad: Earn academic credits and get a global perspective on your field
  • Undergraduate research: faculty work with students on cutting-edge research projects
  • University studies: benefit from a broad university education to deepen your knowledge and skills


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