University of Vermont

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Department of Medical Laboratory and Radiation Sciences

Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science

The University of Vermont's Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science degree program integrates the study of life science and medicine with practical laboratory experience in clinical and public health settings.

Through focused coursework and hands-on experience in diagnostic laboratory medicine and public health, students develop organizational skills, quantitative reasoning ability, and are prepared to enter professional practice or pursue graduate education.


The mission of the University of Vermont's Medical Laboratory Science program is to educate, train, and graduate professionally competent and ethical individuals committed to lifelong learning, and who are prepared to meet current and future workplace challenges in medical laboratory science.

Educational Goals

  • Graduates will be competent to function as entry-level medical laboratory scientists in any clinical or public health laboratory environment;
  • Graduates will demonstrate problem-solving and critical thinking skills;
  • Graduates will demonstrate effective written and verbal communication skills;
  • Graduates will demonstrate the highest professional and ethical standards.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Bachelor's degree in Medical Laboratory Science, all MLS graduates will demonstrate:

  • Competency to perform a full range of testing in a contemporary clinical or public health laboratory encompassing pre-analytical, analytical, and post-analytical components of laboratory services:
  • Proficiency to interpret results, use critical thinking skills to problem solve, and apply statistical approaches when evaluating data;
  • Ability to identify and trouble-shoot technical problems in laboratory procedures and instrumentation;
  • Professional conduct as a member of the healthcare team and effective communication skills;
  • An understanding of basic concepts related to quality assurance, quality improvement, laboratory education, administrative operation, information technology, and clinical decision making.

Upon completion of the Bachelor's degree in Medical Laboratory Science Clinical Laboratory Science concentration, graduates will demonstrate:

  • Ability to critically evaluate laboratory results and correlate them with human disease;
  • Ability to determine the appropriate utilization of laboratory tests for screening, monitoring, therapy, and prognosis of human diseases;
  • Adherence to standard operating procedures regarding safe work practices related to clinical specimens and infectious agents;
  • Application of governmental regulations and standards as applied to medical laboratory practice in the clinical setting.

Upon completion of the Bachelor's degree in Medical Laboratory Science Public Health Laboratory Science concentration, graduates will demonstrate:

  • Ability to critically evaluate microbiology laboratory tests and results and correlate with infectious disease;
  • Adherence to standard operating procedures regarding safe work practices related to microbial agents;
  • Knowledge of laboratory testing as a vital component of broader public health surveillance systems.

The core curriculum includes courses in anatomy and physiology, chemistry, organic chemistry, microbiology, biochemistry, immunology, and mathematics. Students choose either the clinical laboratory science concentration or the public health laboratory science concentration, which focuses on microbiology.

Clinical Lab Science Concentration
Public Health Lab Science Concentration





The UVM Course Catalogue details specific requirements designated by catalogue year. The CNHS Undergraduate Handbook outlines academic standards.

Clinical Experience

Students complete an intensive laboratory experience at an off-campus affiliate site during their final semester. They work one-on-one with a staff technologist concentrating in clinical laboratory or public health laboratory science to apply theoretical knowledge, recognize and solve problems, and perform laboratory procedures using state-of-the-art computer instrumentation and the most current methods and technologies.

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Clinical Laboratory Science Affiliates

Public Health Laboratory Science Affiliates

Medical Laboratory Science Faculty

UVM medical laboratory science faculty are selected for their expertise and commitment to education. Learn more about our faculty.


UVM medical laboratory science alumni are actively recruited by employers, including hospitals, research laboratories, public health agencies, biotechnology companies, the pharmaceutical industry, and diagnostic instrumentation and computer firms. Recent graduates have taken jobs in settings that include Yale New Haven Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital, John Hopkins Hospital, New York Presbyterian Hospital, the Mayo Clinic, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, Green Mountain Antibodies, and Hematologic Technologies.

Many of our alumni enter into graduate programs in medicine, biomedical sciences, pharmacy, and Public Health, and physician assistant programs. Alumni have gone on to Cornell, John Hopkins University, George Washington University, the University of Pennsylvania, Franklin Pierce University, Northwestern University, and Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, among others. Learn more.

Opportunities for Students

Participation in undergraduate research is highly recommended. Students can choose from numerous topics ranging from the molecular mechanisms of disease to health systems leadership. Opportunities for involvement in clubs and professional organizations are widely available. With conscientious planning early in their academic program, students may also elect to study abroad.

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Graduates of the MLS Clinical Laboratory Science concentration are eligible to take the American Society for Clinical Pathology certification exam. Certification as a professional medical laboratory scientist is required for work in many clinical diagnostic laboratories.


The Medical Laboratory Science Program, Clinical Laboratory Science Concentration at the University of Vermont has been re-accredited for the period April 30, 2015 - April 30, 2022 by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science, 5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119; (773) 714-8880.

For More Information

UVM College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Office of Student Services
002 Rowell Building
106 Carrigan Dr.
Burlington, VT 05405-0068
Phone: (802) 656-3858

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