The UMass Lowell Department of Biomedical and Nutritional Sciences offers a Master of Science in Clinical Laboratory Sciences with the choice of five concentrations and one option:
The Master of Science degree program in Clinical Laboratory Sciences requires the successful completion of a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate level courses. These include 15 credit hours of core courses and either: A) a non-project option where 15 course credits are selected from a concentration area. B) A project option where a student takes 4 credit hours of graduate project and 12 course credits from a concentration area. Students may petition to transfer up to 12 graduate course credits of related content from other programs, and this requires approval by the department graduate coordinator and or department graduate faculty committee. The M.S. Program in Clinical Laboratory Sciences with Professional Master's Option (PSM) requires 34 total credits (see below).
Students are allowed to matriculate on a part-time basis (taking one or two courses) and most professionally employed students that pursue the M.S. degree in Clinical Laboratory Sciences do so. Most classes meet once per week and are scheduled in the evening or online for student convenience.
Undergraduate students in this program move through the master's program at an accelerated rate by taking two 500-level courses during their senior year and count those credits toward both their undergraduate and graduate degrees. Student apply during their Junior year.
The core curriculum includes the following courses (15 credits) and must be taken by each program student:
HSCI.5500 Human Development and Pathophysiology (3cr)
MLSC.6400 Quality Assurance, Control and Improvement in the Clinical and Public Health Laboratory (3cr)
MLSC.5750 Topics in Clinical Laboratory Sciences (3cr)
MLSC.5530 Advanced Clinical Chemistry (3cr)
MLSC.5800 Clinical Applications of Molecular Genetics (3cr)
A. Clinical Research
Students selecting this concentration are expected to have prior certification or a sound preparation in the biological sciences and chemistry. In addition to the core curriculum, students must take the following prescribed elective:
MLSC.5510 Advanced Pathophysiology (3cr)
Students selecting the project option take Project (4cr) and 12 credits from departmental course offerings or from courses approved by the Graduate Coordinator and/or department graduate committee. Students not selecting the project option are required to take 12 graduate course credits in addition to the core curriculum and the Advanced Pathophysiology course.
Students not selecting the project option are required to take 15 graduate course credits in addition to the core curriculum.
*Note: Other graduate level courses from outside of the Clinical Laboratory Master's Program may be used as electives with Graduate Coordinator pre-approval.
B. Clinical Administration
Students selecting this concentration must have a clinical certification approved by the chairperson of the Department of Clinical Laboratory and Nutritional Sciences. In addition to the core curriculum, students mat take the following graduate Health Administration courses or others approved by the Graduate Coordinator:
PUBH.5020 Organizational Behavior in Health Care (3cr)
PUBH.5140 Health Care Management (3cr)
PUBH.6070 Health Care Information Systems (3cr)
PUBH.6250 Health Policy (3cr)
Students selecting the project option take Project (4cr) and 12 credits of graduate Health Administration course offerings. Students not selecting the project option are required to take the four concentration courses and an additional 3cr department elective.
*Note: Other graduate level courses from the Health Services Administration Program may be substituted for these courses with Graduate Coordinator approval. Students not selecting the project option are required to take 15 graduate course credits in addition to the core curriculum.
C. Health Informatics
This concentration is intended for students with a background in health who wish to be prepared to apply current information technology to the management of health care services and information. Students must possess a baccalaureate degree and basic computer skills. In addition to the core curriculum, students must take an additional 3cr department elective and the following graduate Health Informatics courses or other as approved by the Graduate Coordinator:
PUBH.6070 Healthcare Information Systems (3cr)
PUBH.5310 Health Informatics (3cr)
PUBH.6320 Health Information System Planning (3cr)
PUBH.6330 Healthcare Database Design (3cr)
D. Nutritional Sciences
This concentration is designed for students with a baccalaureate degree in an allied health or biological sciences field who wish to enhance their understanding of nutrition and health promotion. In addition to the core curriculum, students must take the following graduate Nutritional Sciences courses:
NUTR.5720 Nutrition and Gene Expression (3cr)
NUTR.5060 Biochemistry of Lipids (3cr)
NUTR.5630 Vitamins and Minerals (3cr)
NUTR.5820 Seminar in Advanced Nutrition (3cr)
Students also select Project (4 Cr) and 12 credits from departmental course offerings or from courses approved by the department chair, graduate coordinator or graduate committee. Students not selecting the project option are required to take 15 graduate course credits in addition to the core curriculum. The four graduate Nutritional Sciences courses offered also comprise the Graduate Certificate in Nutritional Sciences. Students may apply for this certificate program before official matriculation in the master's degree program.
E. Public Health Laboratory Sciences
This concentration is intended for qualified students with a background in Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Community Health, Environmental Health, Health Administration, Work Environment, Biological Sciences or Chemistry who would like to help satisfy a critical need for qualified public health scientists.
Students must possess a baccalaureate degree and basic computer skills.
In addition to the core curriculum, students in this concentration must take the required course, Introduction to Public Health and the Public Health Laboratory, and an additional 4 courses. Three of these courses must be selected from one of the following areas.
Required Course - Department of Clinical Laboratory and Nutritional Sciences
MLSC.5410 Introduction to Public Health and the Public Health Laboratory (3 cr)
Concentrations/Elective Courses (credits)
Infectious Disease and Quality Control - Department of Clinical Laboratory and Nutritional Sciences
Health Management and Policy - Department of Community Health and Sustainability
Health Informatics - Department of Community Health and Sustainability
Environmental Testing - Department of Work Environment
This degree option (34 total credits) contains approximately 2/3 science (24 credits) and 1/3 business/communication (9 credits) courses and a 1 credit internship experience with reflective seminar (34 credits program total). The 5 required scientific core courses are the same. Three department elective courses may selected from the following:
STEM Elective Courses (9 cr), choose any three
(Other graduate level courses outside of the Department of Clinical Laboratory & Nutritional Sciences will be considered to be included on an individual basis.)
Business Courses Required (9 credits)*
*All offered online
MLSC.7700 Professional Internship
A Professional Internship is required for students in this program and is expected to be a minimum of 350 hours and have 3-6 month duration. The internship is designed to provide students with an opportunity to obtain real-world experience in business, government agencies, non-profit organizations or research laboratories. Internships or research project experiences will typically take place in Clinical, Pharmaceutical, Diagnostic, Biotechnological or Medical Device Companies or Institutions.
Research experience can also be obtained at the university or other research centers. Given the number of full time faculty in the department, the university will assist the Department of Clinical Laboratory and Nutritional Sciences and the students with arranging corporate internships. To be eligible for the Professional Internship, students will be required to have 1) completed a minimum of 12.0 credits of STEM courses, 2) completed a minimum of 6.0 credits of PLUS courses, 3) attained an overall minimum GPA of 3.0 and 4) department permission.
Since most program students will have a scientific background and are in a scientific Master of Sciences Program, Professional Internships with a business will be most desirable. Consideration will be given for students that have previous or current professional employment experience, however, in these cases, a new project experience will be required that adds to the student’s current set of skills. All students will be required to submit a final written report and give oral presentation on their work at a Seminar. All post-internship students will participate in this seminar. All Professional Internships require department faculty supervision. Students should register for 36.770 during the final semester of internship participation.