Why the MLS Program?

Why Choose the Medical Laboratory Sciences Program at the University of Minnesota?

MLS Student

The University of Minnesota’s Medical Laboratory Sciences Program (MLSP) is an exciting place to begin your career in healthcare. The MLSP curriculum has been developed as a hybrid program, which allows the students access to online lectures and laboratory simulations along with other course materials from home, as well as face-to-face instruction in state-of-the–art student laboratories. As part of the Academic Health Center, students also have the opportunity to take classes with students in other healthcare professional programs, such as Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy.

Since it began in 1922, the Medical Laboratory Sciences Program at the University of Minnesota has been a leader in the profession. Faculty in the program published the first article on quality control in the clinical laboratory, developed the first medical laboratory technician program, and established the first master’s degree in clinical laboratory sciences. Current faculty perform research in laboratory and education fields. Many hold national and state offices in professional organizations, including the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) and the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).

Graduates of the MLS Program are also prepared to be leaders in healthcare delivery, medical laboratory professional societies, other medical professions, and as member of a research and development team. Seven of our graduates have gone on to become President of ASCLS. Many others have gone on to medical school, pharmacy, or physician assistant programs. Medical laboratory science is an excellent career choice, and an excellent background for other healthcare careers. The experiences offered at the University of Minnesota and the opportunities for interaction with students in other health careers make this the ideal place to begin your life as a healthcare professional.

After completion of the NAACLS accredited MLS program at the University of Minnesota, students are eligible to take the national certification examination provided by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP). Successful completion of the ASCP Board of Certification (BOC) exam after graduation provides eligibility for state licensure and employment in a medical laboratory. Certification by ASCP denotes official recognition of the graduate’s qualifications to work as a Medical Laboratory Scientist in a variety of laboratory environments. Student completion of the BOC exam is not a requirement for graduation from the MLS program.

Click to view the MLS Career Opportunities handout to see job positions held by graduates of the MLS Program.