Medical laboratory science students with faculty

Whether diagnosing the flu, developing new disease detection technology, or treating cancer, medical laboratory scientists are critical to patient care.

With a Master of Laboratory Science degree from UVM, you'll be prepared to go further, leading teams and collaborating on advances in this growing field.

Program Highlights

  • Preparation for advanced clinical laboratory practice
  • 96% placement rate within one year of graduating (3-year average)
  • 89% American Society of Clinical Pathologists Certification exam pass rate (3-year average), well above the national average and 75% NAACLS benchmark.
  • Experience in top clinical settings (rotations at UVM, Dartmouth, Yale, as well as other clinics)
  • A capstone research project supervised by UVM faculty and clinical collaborators that advances in the field of medical laboratory science.

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Custom curriculum tracks combine hands-on clinical experience with courses in advanced evidence-based practice, health care management and research. While bench research opportunities are available to students, research assistantships are not offered as part of this program. The primary focus of this degree is preparation for advanced clinical practice.

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Admission Requirements

We offer different tracks, depending on your academic preparation and past experience:

Track One is for applicants who are not certified in medical laboratory science. Application requirements include:

  • B.S. or B.A. in one of the life sciences (or related field) from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum overall GPA of 3.0
  • Undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  • General biology or anatomy and physiology (8 credits), general chemistry (8 credits), organic chemistry or biochemistry (4 credits), general microbiology with lab (4 credits), college level math (3 credits)
  • TOEFL scores (international students)
  • UVM Graduate College Application form
  • GRE's not required

Track Two is for applicants already certified in medical laboratory science. Please note: this track is not currently accepting applications. Application requirements include:

  • B.S. in Medical Laboratory Science or related field and ASCP certification in Medical Laboratory Science or ASCP certification-eligible.
  • Minimum overall GPA of 3.0
  • Undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  • General biology or anatomy and physiology (8 credits), general chemistry (8 credits), organic chemistry or biochemistry (4 credits), general microbiology with lab (4 credits), college level math (3 credits)
  • TOEFL scores (international students)
  • UVM Graduate College Application form
  • GRE not required

Accelerated Master's Option is for current undergraduates in the Medical Laboratory Science program. Please note: this track is not currently accepting applications. Application requirements include:

  • Good standing as a current third-year medical laboratory science student
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Completion of the Graduate College Application
  • Written personal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • GRE not required

Curriculum

Coursework spans advanced evidence-based practice, health care management, as well as research. Each of our three tracks has its own curriculum. All students are required to complete a comprehensive exam that covers major topic areas of the medical laboratory science profession.

Track One, for students not certified in medical laboratory science comprises 67 credits total:

43 credits NAACLS-accredited courses

24 credits Advanced Practice courses

View Track One curriculum (PDF) >>

Upon successful completion of Track One, students will be eligible to take the ASCP Certification Exam. Graduation is NOT contingent on passing the certification exam. Some states require licensure. View state-by-state licensure requirements.

Track Two, for students already certified comprises 30 credits advanced practice courses. View Track Two curriculum (PDF) >>

MLS Accelerated Master's Program (AMP) offers select undergraduate students an opportunity to earn both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Medical Laboratory Science in five years.

View graduate student handbook (PDF) >>

View program graduation, certification exam, and employment data >>

Clinical and Research Opportunities

Clinical Internship

Students in the program who are not already certified in medical laboratory science gain experience by completing a required semester-long clinical internship at one of several University of Vermont Health Network hospitals as part of the core NAACLS-accredited program. Practicum sites have included:

  • Albany Medical Center, Albany, NY
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA
  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA
  • Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital, Plattsburgh, NY
  • Central Vermont Medical Center, Berlin, VT
  • Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH
  • Elliot Hospital, Manchester, NH
  • Glens Falls Hospital, Glens Falls, NY
  • Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
  • NorDx, Portland and Scarborough, ME
  • Rutland Regional Medical Center, Rutland, VT
  • St. Peter’s Hospital, Albany, NY
  • University of Vermont Medical Center, Burlington, VT
  • Yale New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT

Note: Clinical affiliations subject to change.

Research Capstone

All students in the program complete a three-course research method and design series that culminates with a capstone project—relevant, evidence-based research aimed at advancing the field of medical laboratory science. Students are guided by supervising faculty and collaborating clinical affiliate partners. 

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Virtual Info Sessions

  • January 25, 5 PM EST

Email cnhsgrad@uvm.edu with the date of the session you’d like to attend.

Accreditation

The Medical Laboratory Science Program, Clinical Laboratory Science Concentration at the University of Vermont has been re-accredited for the period April 30, 2022 - April 30, 2032 by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science, 5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119; (773) 714-8880.

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PROGRAM SNAPSHOT

Application Deadline: April 1

Term Start Date: August

Credits: 30 - 67 (depending on certification)

Duration: 2 Years (including summers)

Learning Format: On-Campus

For tuition information, visit the UVM Student Financial Services website. Scroll down to "Estimated Graduate Programs with Alternate Pricing" and click to find MMLS tuition.

 

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Admitted Student Checklist

Attend an Info Session

  • January 25, 5 PM EST

Email cnhsgrad@uvm.edu to register.