Medical laboratory scientists are the behind-the-scenes medical investigators in the health care industry. Using the latest methods and bio-medical instruments, they analyze blood, tissue and other body fluids.
In this major, you will work with state-of-the-art clinical laboratory instrumentation while integrating theory and professional practice. Our graduates are highly qualified for immediate positions in laboratory science. Grounded in liberal arts and solid science, this major prepares you for graduate programs and medical schools.
of all medical decisions are based on the information provided by medical laboratory scientists
Points of Pride
Accredited Medical Laboratory Science Program
- Full 10-year accreditation by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
- Graduates of the MLS Program are eligible to sit for the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification (BOC) MLS certification exam via Route 1
- Recently updated MLS curriculum includes Clinical Chemistry, Education & Management, Hematology/Hemostasis, Immunohematology, Immunology, Laboratory Operations, Microbiology, Molecular Diagnostics, Research, and Urine & Body Fluid Analysis
- Academic and laboratory experiences both on-campus and in actual clinical settings
- Opportunities for enhancement experiences outside of traditional clinical settings:
- public health
- On-campus biosafety level 2 (BSL-2) student laboratory
- Clinical affiliations with 12 different laboratories throughout Illinois
- A low student/teacher ratio
- Experienced on-campus faculty and clinical preceptors
- An active student organization, the MLS Club
- On- and off-campus leadership opportunities
- Opportunities for students to become actively involved in their future profession
- 100% placement rate in the field, closely related field, or continued education within 1 year of graduation from the MLS Program
- External certification rate consistently above national certification rate and NAACLS benchmarks
Nearly 100% of MLS graduates find employment in the field (or closely related field) or continue their education within one year of graduation. Most MLS graduates are employed in medical facilities such as hospitals and clinics. Although, employment opportunities for MLS graduates may also be found in:
- Reference laboratories
- Public health, research, industrial, and veterinary laboratories
- Forensic crime laboratories
- Fertility centers
- Laboratory computer specialization
- Laboratory consulting
- Medical equipment service or sales
A MLS major is also a good background for graduate school and medical school. Recent MLS graduates have earned their master’s of public health and others became (or are in the process of becoming) physician assistants, pathology assistants, physicians, a pharmacist, a physical therapist, a medical ethicist, and even a lawyer!
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