Clinical Laboratory & Nutritional Sciences

Medical Laboratory Science Option

Bachelors of Science in Clinical Laboratory Sciences: Medical Laboratory Science Option 

The growing complexity and significance of the role of the clinical laboratory in the delivery of health care accentuates the importance to its professionals receiving an education commensurate with the responsibilities of the Medical Laboratory Scientist. Medical laboratory scientists perform tests on various body fluids and tissues to determine the presence or absence of disease, to monitor response to disease, and to aid in health maintenance. They are indispensable laboratory specialists that develop, perform and interpret a wide range of complex diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. In addition, graduates of the program are prepared for graduate studies and/or employment in clinically related government and/or industrial settings.

Graduates of this program are eligible for certification examinations in the Medical Laboratory Scientist category given by the Board of Certification, American Society for Clinical Pathology: MLS(ASCP).

The granting of the degree is not dependent upon students passing any type of external licensure or certification examination.

Mission

The mission of the Medical Laboratory Science option is to provide high quality, theoretical and clinical education to students to develop the skills, knowledge, and commitment to lifelong learning necessary to become leaders in the field of Medical Laboratory Science.  The department faculty are dedicated to maintaining NAACLS (National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences) accreditation of this program in order to supply the region with certified Medical Laboratory Scientists who possess advanced skills and the abilities to adapt to future changes of the profession.

Students receive an in-depth education in clinical chemistry, clinical hematology, clinical immunohematology, clinical immunology, and clinical microbiology. Lecture and laboratory courses in these areas are taught at the University, followed by clinical internships in each discipline in the clinical laboratories.  The academic program includes scientific and clinical knowledge using current methodology, instrumentation and techniques relevant to each area in laboratory medicine. In addition students are exposed to laboratory management, effective communication skills and research design. Qualified students can elect to enroll in the five-year BS/MS program and take courses in their senior year that will count toward the master's degree.

This program is fully accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 N. River Rd. Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119, Phone: 847-939-3597 or 773-714-8880, e-mail: info@naacls.org, and the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences website.

View the complete course of study (pdf).

Admission to Medical Laboratory Science Option

Admission to the Medical Laboratory Science Program is a two-step process.

  • Step 1 - Students interested in the Medical Laboratory Science program must first be accepted to the Clinical Laboratory Science B.S. degree, Clinical Science option by application to Undergraduate Admissions.
  • Step 2 - Students currently enrolled in the Clinical Laboratory Science degree, Clinical Science option are eligible to apply for the Medical Laboratory Science Option Program. Students submit applications to the Medical Laboratory Science Program Director. Freshman may apply during the second semester of freshman year. Transfer students may apply during their first semester in the Clinical Science option. Applications will be reviewed by the MLS Program Director and a Department Faculty Committee at the end of each semester.

Entry Level Competencies For Medical Laboratory Option Graduates

"Description of Entry Level Competencies of the Medical Laboratory Scientist

At entry level, the medical laboratory scientist will possess the entry level competencies necessary to perform the full range of clinical laboratory tests in areas such as Clinical Chemistry, Hematology/Hemostasis, Immunology, Immunohematology/Transfusion medicine, Microbiology, Urine and Body Fluid Analysis and Laboratory Operations, and other emerging diagnostics, and will play a role in the development and evaluation of test systems and interpretive algorithms.

The medical laboratory scientist will have diverse responsibilities in areas of analysis and clinical decision-making, regulatory compliance with applicable regulations, education, and quality assurance/performance improvement wherever laboratory testing is researched, developed or performed.

At entry level, the medical laboratory scientist will have the following basic knowledge and skills in:

  • Application of safety and governmental regulations and standards as applied to clinical laboratory science;
  • Principles and practices of professional conduct and the significance of continuing professional development;
  • Communications sufficient to serve the needs of patients, the public and members of the health care team;
  • Principles and practices of administration and supervision as applied to clinical laboratory science;
  • Educational methodologies and terminology sufficient to train/educate users and providers of laboratory services;
  • Principles and practices of clinical study design, implementation and dissemination of results" 
    (NAACLS Preamble, Essentials of Accredited Educational Programs for the Medical Laboratory Scientist. 2013)

Health Requirements

Students in the Medical Laboratory Science option must meet the following health requirements:

  • Students must provide evidence of a current physical exam indicating satisfactory general health, Proof of immunizations for MMR (2 doses or positive titers) Varicella (2 doses or positive titer) Tdap (1 dose), TB test current (within one year) or chest x ray if positive, and Hep B (3 vaccines) and Hep B titer, and Colorblind test.  Additional requirements may be made by practicum sites (flu shot, two step mantoux.)

Additional Program Requirements

  • Current CPR certification
  • A criminal background check (CORI)
  • OSHA blood born pathogen and HIPAA training

For additional information please refer to Special School Requirements

Accreditation

The Medical Laboratory Science option of the Department Clinical Laboratory & Nutritional Sciences is fully accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119 (Phone: 773-714-8880), E-mail, Web page)

Program Director: Kristin Palladino, MLS (ASCP) CM

For more information, go to the Department of Clinical Laboratory and Nutritional Sciences.