About the Program


The UIS MLS Program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018, Phone 773-714-8880.

MLS Program Mission Statement:

The mission of the Medical Laboratory Science Program at the University of Illinois Springfield is to offer a premier educational experience through student-centered teaching, experiential learning, professional service, and community engagement to develop responsible, scrupulous, competent professionals who will meaningfully contribute to laboratory medicine.

MLS Program Goals:

  • Graduate knowledgeable, skilled, quality-focused, adaptable, and communicative professionals.
  • Cultivate research, critical thinking, and creative problem-solving skills.
  • Inspire lifelong learning and professional community engagement.
  • Promote integrity, ethical behavior, and leadership.
  • Nurture community partnerships.

MLS Program Outcomes:

  • External certification results (2017, 2018, and 2019)
    Graduates pass the ASCP-BOC exam within the first year of graduation.
    UIS MLS certification rate: 91%
    National certification rate: 80%
    NAACLS benchmark: 75%
  • Graduation rate (2017, 2018, and 2019)
    Students who have begun the final half of the program go on to successfully graduate from the program.
    UIS MLS graduation rate: 100%
    NAACLS benchmark: 70%
  • Placement rate (2016, 2017, and 2018)
    Graduates either find employment in the field or a closely related field (for those who seek employment) or continue their education within one year of graduation.
    UIS MLS placement rate: 100%
    NAACLS benchmark: 70%
  • Attrition rate (2017, 2018, and 2019)
    UIS MLS attrition rate: 0%
    NAACLS benchmark: N/A


The University of Illinois Springfield is a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements.   Learn about the The University of Illinois System SARA compliance, including state licensing and complaint information.