Clinical Laboratory & Nutritional Sciences

Medical Laboratory Science Major

The Medical Laboratory Science option provides the student with the scientific knowledge, technical skills, and hands-on experience required to function in all areas of the clinical laboratory.

Successful completion of the required course sequence results in the awarding of a Bachelor of Science degree. The granting of the degree is not dependent upon students passing any type of external licensure or certification examination. Students who choose to take these examinations do so on a voluntary basis after they have graduated from the program. The academic requirements of the Medical Laboratory Science option in the Clinical Laboratory Sciences major fulfill the University's general education course requirements and major course requirements for graduation as well as the curriculum requirements for the national certification examinations.

Admission Policy

Medical Laboratory Science Option of Clinical Laboratory Science B.S. degree program

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

  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.
  2. Students currently enrolled in the Clinical Laboratory Science major, Clinical Science option are eligible to apply for the Medical Laboratory Science Option Program. 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.

Qualified students will be accepted on a space available basis.

Selection will be based primarily on:

  • Scholarship (Both cumulative and science with an emphasis on the GPA of the required prerequisite science courses.)
  • Personal Statement
  • Interview by invitation

Students will be notified of decisions by the UMass Lowell email. For further information and an application form please contact:

Kristin Palladino, Program Director

Clinical Affiliates and Internships

On-campus instruction provides students with didactic and simulated clinical laboratory experiences in each of the six major areas of the clinical laboratory: chemistry, hematology, immunohematology, microbiology, molecular diagnostics, and immunology. Hospital-based clinical rotations are integrated with the didactic laboratory curriculum during the junior and senior years of the program and supervised by adjunct clinical faculty in cooperation with the program director and staff. Clinical assignments are made by the program director and professional staff. Students must provide their own transportation for their clinical internships. While students are on clinical rotations they will not be engaged as employees and as such will not be covered by the hospital programs of social security or unemployment compensation; in recognition and support of this, student performances must be reviewed and co-signed by a recognized approved staff member of the clinical laboratory. Students will not be used in place of employees. Students who work for clinical affiliates do so voluntarily outside the normally scheduled clinical practica hours with pay and supervision, and are subject to the institutional employee regulations.

Clinical internships (practicum) are five weeks long during the semester and are scheduled for half the week. We recommend that students not work during the five weeks that they are on these internships as they will also be taking courses at the University When not on clinical rotations, this time is unscheduled. We recommend that students use this time to study for their classes.

The Medical Laboratory Science program is offered in cooperation with the following clinical affiliates:


ASCP BOC Pass Rates
Year of Graduation Number of Graduates

ASCP BOC Exam Overall Pass Rates* (%)

2012 13 100
2013 15 85
2014 26 72
Average - 82
*Pass rates represent success within one-year of graduation.

Graduation and Attrition Rates

Year of Graduation Graduation Rate* (%) Attrition Rate* (%)
2013 100 0
2014 92 8
2015 100 0
Average: 97 -
*For those students entering the final half of the program.

Placement Rates

Year of Graduation Number of Graduates Placement Rate*
2013 15 100
2014 26 100
2015 21 100
Average 100

*For those who found employment (in the field or in a closely related field) and/or continued their education within one year of graduation.

Placement rates do not include graduates who fail to respond to program officials regarding employment status after multiple attempts.

Students of University of Massachusetts Lowell's Medical Laboratory Science Program have a 100 percent placement rate following graduation.

For degree requirements and additional information about the Medical Laboratory Science option please visit the Online Academic Catalog.