Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS)

Statement of Our Commitment to Inclusion and Equity

George Floyd muralPhoto by Lorie Shaull
Today we move forward with resolve after the senseless and tragic death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis Police Officers. Our students, faculty, staff, and community are still heartbroken, frustrated, and traumatized by the event. Over the past weeks, many people in the community are witnessing first-hand the anguish and fear that people of color and minority communities face every day. This is a pivotal moment in time.

Please read our complete inclusion and equity statement here.

Welcome to Medical Laboratory Sciences!

The MLS program at the U of M is the oldest baccalaureate medical laboratory educational program in the United States. It began in 1922 with the first student graduating in 1923. Our faculty have always been committed to quality teaching and learning though innovative coursework, clinical experiences, and research experiences. Upon graduation, our students can choose a variety of pathways and careers. The majority of our graduates find employment in hospital or clinical laboratories, while other students go on to graduate or professional schools. 


naacls logoThe University of Minnesota Medical Laboratory Science program is proud to be fully accredited by the:

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
5600 N. River Rd, Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119

Phone: 847-939-3597 or 773-714-8880
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NAACLS accreditation assures that the MLS program at the University of Minnesota has met or exceeded specific national Standards developed through a process that requires the input and review of peer groups, sponsoring and participating organizations, affiliating organizations and other interested professional groups. The most recent self-study and site visit inspection of the MLS program was completed in 2016 during which time the MLS Program was given a 5 year renewal by NAACLS. The next self-study will be submitted in fall of 2020 and the site visit for accreditation renewal should occur in spring 2021.

The MLS program delivers the curriculum at both the Twin Cities campus of the University of Minnesota and also offers certification to students entering through the following affiliated universities: St. Cloud State UniversityMankato State University, as well as University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

Dr. Janice Conway-Klaassen serves as the Program Director and Ms. Tamera Alpaugh serves as the Clinical Coordinator. 

Video: Specialized and Professional Accreditation: What Should I Know?

Program Outcomes

NAACLS accredited programs must demonstrate the quality of their educational plan by meeting certain minimum student performance outcomes including student graduation (program completion) rates; performance on the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification (BOC) Exam; and ability to obtain employment.  Our MLS program has consistently exceeded these minimum requirements.

  Class of 2016 Class of 2017 Class of 2018
Graduation Rate 1 89% 87% 94%
ASCP/BOC Pass  Rate 2
(National Mean = 80%)
100% 100% 98%
Employment Placement 3 91% 100% 100%


  1. Percentage of students who enter professional year (year 4) of the program that graduate on time.
  2. Percentage of students who pass the national certification exam within the first year after graduation.
  3. Percentage of graduates who succeed in finding employment or who successfully apply to professional or graduate school within 6 months of graduation.

COVID-19 Operational Updates and Resources

For the latest on the University's response to the COVID-19 outbreak, please visit the new COVID-19 web site and Safe Campus website. 

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(877) 334-2659

Mailing Address

Medical Laboratory Sciences
MMC 711
420 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

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