Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) Option

We provide students with a career-ready quality education in biomedical laboratory science and laboratory skills. Students will develop the ability to determine the presence, extent, or absence of human disease and to provide the valuable data needed to evaluate the effectiveness of the treatment of human disease. The MLS curriculum provides an excellent background for students intending to pursue careers in the medical field. Upon completion of a clinical internship, students qualify to become certified Medical Laboratory Scientists.

The Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) option is the only NAACLS-accredited MLS program in New Hampshire. The faculty are highly dedicated, teach all of the laboratory courses personally, and take pride in providing expert academic advising and career guidance.

MLS areas of study:

The MLS option offers students several areas of specialization to choose from:

  • Clinical students may choose to become certified in two different ways:

    • General certification in all areas of the laboratory (microbiology, hematology, immunohematology, and clinical chemistry)
    • Individual categorical certification in clinical microbiology, clinical hematology, clinical immunohematology, or clinical chemistry
    • Upon successful completion of the 24-26 week clinical internship, students are awarded the B.S. degree and are eligible to take a national certification exam offered by the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) to become a certified medical laboratory scientist.

  • Laboratory research-oriented students obtain advanced coursework and independent research experiences that emphasizes the theories and techniques required for the analysis of cells, tissues and body fluids utilized in biomedical research.

 

Career options for MLS graduates:

  • Certified Medical Laboratory Scientists easily find employment in hospitals and medical centers.

  • MLS graduates find employment as research scientists/laboratory technicians in biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, biomedical research facilities, and public health and forensic laboratories. Education, diagnostic product development, sales, and federal agencies (e.g., U.S. Food and Drug Administration inspector) are additional areas of employment.

 

Post-baccalaureate education pursued by MLS graduates includes:

Meet a Student

Andrea (Tardif) Harper ('91)

"UNH has one of the few remaining medical laboratory science program in the nation."

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Intern students at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical
Center learn to examine patient samples by
microscopy.