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If you love science and medicine and have an investigative mind, then Medical Laboratory Science is the major for you.

In today's era of rapidly evolving medical research and technology, one can hardly imagine a health care system without the contributions of medical laboratory scientists. Medical Laboratory Science is the health profession that analyzes blood, tissues, and other bodily specimens for the diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of diseases.

Medical Laboratory Scientists are critical members of the health care team. They use their biomedical expertise and technical skills to provide essential information about the health and disease status of patients. For example, laboratory professionals identify pathogenic microbes, detect cancer cells, screen for diabetes, determine blood types and perform genetic testing.

Students in this major work closely with faculty members and engage in hands-on learning in the classroom, laboratory and clinical environment to develop critical thinking and technical skills. Students select a concentration in clinical laboratory science or public health laboratory science. All students complete a practicum at our premier regional clinical affiliates.

Graduates in medical laboratory sciences are qualified for a national certification exam administered by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) and required by most clinical diagnostic and public health laboratories.

Medical Laboratory Science students at the University of Vermont have the opportunity to apply to our accelerated Master of Science program in Medical Laboratory Science in their third year.

Major requirements

View major requirements for the B.S. in Medical Laboratory Science in the University of Vermont Catalogue. Available concentrations include Clinical Laboratory Science and Public Health Laboratory Science.

Beyond the classroom

Practicums

In their final semester, students work one-on-one with laboratory professionals at an off-campus site. View practicum sites for the B.S. in Medical Laboratory Science in the University of Vermont Catalogue.

Research with Faculty

Faculty research addresses topics ranging from immunology to precision medicine and the nature and treatment of cancer. Many faculty involve undergraduate students to assist in their research.

Study Abroad

With careful planning, students have opportunities to study abroad at leading world institutions.

Biomedical and Health Sciences Club

The Biomedical and Health Sciences Club offers professional development and volunteer opportunities.

Graduate employment rate

100%

Careers

  • Medical Laboratory Science
  • Molecular Diagnostics
  • Biotechnology
  • Infectious Disease
  • Cell-Based Therapies
  • Transfusion Medicine
  • Forensics
  • Medical Research
  • Cancer Research
  • Medical Sciences Industry - Marketing, Software, Technical Sales & Support
  • Environmental Health
  • Public Health
  • Medical Writing
  • Academic Education
  • Laboratory Consulting
  • Fertility Clinics
  • Veterinary

Related Information

Certification

Graduates of the Medical Laboratory Science Clinical Laboratory Science concentration are eligible to take the American Society for Clinical Pathology certification exam.

Accreditation

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.