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: firstname.lastname@example.org, and the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences website. The Medical Laboratory Science program recently received the maximum accreditation award of 10 years from NAACLS.
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.
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.
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:
At the completion of the Medical Laboratory Science Program, graduates will be able to:
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.
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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