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:

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

MLS Student Learning Outcomes:

The MLS curriculum is designed to provide a variety of learning experiences that will enable students to develop critical thinking skills and become responsible, competent, entry-level professionals in medical laboratory science.

Graduates of the program will be able to:

  1. Perform laboratory tests accurately and efficiently, maintain and troubleshoot commonly used methods and automated instruments.
  2. Possesses the entry level competencies necessary to perform the full range of clinical laboratory test in areas such as Clinical Chemistry, Hematology/Hemostasis, Immunology, Immuohematology/Transfusion Medicine, Microbiology, Urine and Body Fluid Analysis and Laboratory Operations, and other emerging diagnostics.
  3. Evaluate laboratory test results for correlation with clinical conditions, suggest additional testing, and resolve pre-analytical, analytical, and post-analytical problems.
  4. Demonstrate competency in the principles and practices of clinical study design, implementation and dissemination of results in order to apply evidence-based research into clinical practice.
  5. Apply ethical, safety, and governmental regulations and standards to the practice of medical laboratory science.
  6. Communicate effectively and respectfully in order to serve the needs of patients, the public, and members of the health care team from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
  7. Demonstrate administrative skills consistent with principles and practices of administration and supervision as applied to medical laboratory science, including quality management.
  8. Exhibit principles and practices of professional conduct and demonstrate readiness to engage in life-long learning through continuing professional development, scholarship, service, and participation in professional organizations.
  9. Demonstrate educational methodologies and terminology sufficient to train/educate users and providers of laboratory services.
  10. Discuss research as a process of inquiry and critical thinking; identify and evaluate suitable sources; conduct searches strategically; use and communicate information appropriately; and recognize that information has value.

MLS Program Outcome Measures:

  • External certification results (three-year average: 17/18, 18/19, and 19/20)
    Graduates pass the ASCP-BOC exam within the first year of graduation.
    UIS MLS certification rate: 96%
    ASCP national certification rate (2020): 75%
    NAACLS benchmark: 75%
  • Graduation rate (three-year average: 18/19, 19/20, and 20/21)
    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 (three-year average: 17/18, 18/19, and 19/20)
    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 (three-year average: 18/19, 19/20, and 20/21)
    UIS MLS attrition rate: 0%
    NAACLS benchmark: N/A


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