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Clinical Lab Sciences, Medical Laboratory Science Option

About the Program 

The Medical Laboratory Science option prepares students with lifelong career skills in laboratory science. Students receive an in-depth education in Clinical Chemistry, Clinical Hematology, Clinical Immunohematology (transfusion medicine), Clinical Immunology, and Clinical Microbiology. Lecture and laboratory courses in these areas are taught here at the University, followed by clinical internships in each area at hospital laboratories in Greater Boston, Northeastern Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire.

The academic program includes scientific and clinical knowledge using current methodology, instrumentation and techniques relevant to each area in laboratory medicine. Students can elect to enroll in the five-year BS/MS program and take courses in their senior year that will count toward the master's degree.

After completing their degree, students are qualified to sit for the Board of Certification examination for Medical Laboratory Scientists offered by the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP). 

This program is fully accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 N. River Rd. Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119, Phone: 847-939-3597 or 773-714-8880, e-mail: info@naacls.org, and the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences website. For the fourth time in a row, the Medical Laboratory Science option received a perfect score during its recent national accreditation cycle in 2010. 

The teaching faculty is doctorally prepared in various science disciplines and nationally certified with teaching, clinical and research experience. Many of the faculty are nationally recognized in their respective fields.

PROGRAM MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the Medical Laboratory Science Program at the University of Massachusetts Lowell is to provide high quality, theoretical and clinical education to students who will develop the skills, knowledge, and commitment to lifelong learning necessary to become leaders in the field of Medical Laboratory Science. The department faculty is committed to maintaining NAACLS (National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences) accreditation of the program in order to supply the region with entry-level Medical Laboratory Scientists who possess the abilities to adapt in a dynamic health care environment.

PROGRAM GOALS

The educational goals of the Medical Laboratory Science Program reflect the Missions of the University of Massachusetts Lowell, the College of Health Sciences and the Medical Laboratory Science Program. The Medical Laboratory Science Program is committed to:

  1. Providing a quality program in Medical Laboratory Science that meets all the academic standards of the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
  2. Educating Medical Laboratory Scientists who will possess the skills and knowledge to function competently, professionally, and ethically in the field of Medical Laboratory Science.
  3. Instilling in each student a commitment to lifelong learning that allows for future leadership within the profession, and the ability to adapt to the progressive needs of the clinical laboratory.
  4. Preparing students to contribute to the interprofessional healthcare team by working collaboratively with other health care professionals to improve patient safety and provide patient-centered care.
  5. Continuously assessing program effectiveness in order to maintain successful NAACLS accreditation and to meet changes in the practice of the profession.

ENTRY-LEVEL COMPETENCIES

At the completion of the Medical Laboratory Science Program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Perform laboratory tests accurately and efficiently in all major areas of laboratory medicine.
  2. Operate and perform preventative and corrective maintenance on the sophisticated biomedical instrumentation used in all major areas of clinical laboratory testing.
  3. Explain the principles behind the methods used in clinical laboratory testing.
  4. Verify laboratory results and correlate information with other laboratory tests and clinical diagnosis.
  5. Establish and monitor quality assurance practices to ensure accurate laboratory results.
  6. Contribute to the evaluation of new instruments, techniques or procedures for implementation into the  laboratory using method evaluation standards.
  7. Comply with all safety guidelines required by governmental agencies and employers.
  8. Demonstrate a commitment to strong ethical principles and professional behaviors.
  9. Recognize the necessity for continuing professional development, and participate in continuing education activities throughout their careers.
  10. Effectively communicate clinical information both orally and in writing to patients, peers, other healthcare professionals and the public.
  11. Demonstrate knowledge of educational methodologies and terminology that can be used in instructing other users and providers of laboratory services.
  12. Apply basic management and supervisory skills to the principles and practices of laboratory administration.
  13. Demonstrate the research skills necessary to evaluate published papers in the field of laboratory medicine.

Career Opportunities 

The Medical Laboratory Science program prepares students for a variety of careers in Laboratory Medicine. Nearly 100 percent of program graduates are successfully employed in all departments of various hospital laboratories, physician office laboratories, medical reference laboratories, the American Red Cross Blood Bank laboratories, public health laboratories as well as veterinary office laboratories.

Graduates also have obtained employment in various jobs as sales representatives, R&D scientists, clinical research associates, technical field representatives, regulatory affairs personnel, and quality control personnel in the biomedical device, biotechnology, health informatics and pharmaceutical industries. Graduates are also employed in research laboratories at various universities and medical schools in the Greater Boston area.

Finally, many graduates of this program have continued on to graduate school and received master's or Ph.D.s in various science disciplines such as biology, biotechnology, microbiology, biochemistry, nutrition, physical therapy, and clinical laboratory sciences. Others have earned master's of Education, master's of Business Administration (MBA) or Health Administration (MHA). Graduates have also gone to Veterinary School, Chiropractic School, Osteopathic School, Medical School or Physician and Pathologist Assistant's programs.

Degree Requirements 

All students must complete a basic core of science courses in Anatomy and Physiology, Physiological Chemistry and Basic Clinical Microbiology. These courses, along with the General Education courses in Social Sciences and Arts and Humanities, must be completed prior to the junior year. The upper division (junior and senior) courses combine classroom and online teaching and learning. Specific courses include Hematology, Coagulation, Clinical Chemistry, Medical Bacteriology, Medical Mycology and Parasitology, Medical Virology/Serology, Clinical Immunology, Clinical Immunohematology, and Molecular Diagnostics.

The program requires a total of 120 credits. Successful completion of the required course sequence results in the awarding of a Bachelor of Science degree. The granting of the degree is not dependent upon students passing any type of external licensure or certification examination. Students who choose to take these examinations do so on a voluntary basis after they have graduated from the program. The academic requirements of the Medical Laboratory Science option in the Clinical Laboratory Sciences major fulfill the University's general education course requirements and major course requirements for graduation as well as the curriculum requirements for the national certification examinations.

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