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Clinical Laboratory & Nutritional Sciences

The UMass Lowell Medical Laboratory Sciences Program students acquire clinical skills and the medical knowledge required for lab positions in healthcare, providing valuable information about the diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of disease.

Medical Laboratory Scientists perform tests on various body fluids and tissues to determine the presence or absence of disease, to monitor response to disease, and to aid in health maintenance. They are indispensable laboratory specialists that develop, perform, and interpret a wide range of complex diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.

The Medical Laboratory Science option prepares students for entry-level laboratory positions and a future in a constantly growing area of health care. Students of University of Massachusetts Lowell's Medical Laboratory Science Program have a 100 percent placement rate following graduation.

For admission, degree requirements and additional information about the Medical Laboratory Science option please visit the UMass Lowell Academic Catalog. Or contact the program director, Kristin Palladino.

Clinical Affiliates and Internships

On-campus instruction provides students with didactic and simulated clinical laboratory experiences in each of the six major areas of the clinical laboratory: chemistry, hematology, immunohematology, microbiology, molecular diagnostics, and immunology. Hospital-based clinical rotations are integrated with the didactic laboratory curriculum during the junior and senior years of the program and supervised by adjunct clinical faculty in cooperation with the program director and staff. Clinical assignments are made by the program director and professional staff. Students must provide their own transportation for their clinical internships. While students are on clinical rotations they will not be engaged as employees and as such will not be covered by the hospital programs of social security or unemployment compensation; in recognition and support of this, student performances must be reviewed and co-signed by a recognized approved staff member of the clinical laboratory. Students will not be used in place of employees. Students who work for clinical affiliates do so voluntarily outside the normally scheduled clinical practica hours with pay and supervision, and are subject to the institutional employee regulations.

Clinical internships (practicum) are five weeks long during the semester and are scheduled for half the week. We recommend that students not work during the five weeks that they are on these internships as they will also be taking courses at the university. When not on clinical rotations, this time is unscheduled. We recommend that students use this time to study for their classes.

The Medical Laboratory Science program is offered in cooperation with the following clinical affiliates:

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

Students in the Medical Laboratory Science Option must provide evidence of a current physical exam indicating satisfactory general health, MMR vaccination series and Rubella, Rubeola, and Mumps titers, Vaicella titer, TDaP vaccination (1 dose), Hepatitis B vaccination series and titer, TB test (two-step method) or chest x-ray if positive, annual flu shot, and colorblind test. Additional requirements may be made by practicum sites (drug testing).

PROFESSIONAL REQUIREMENTS

Students in the Medical Laboratory Science Option must provide evidence of current CPR certification, a criminal background check (CORI), OSHA Bloodborn Pathogen training, and HIPAA training.

SERVICE WORK/SUBSTITUTION POLICY

Medical Laboratory Science students are prohibited from performing service work during the scheduled clinical placement at the affiliate sites. Students will not be engaged as employees and as such shall not take the place of qualified staff during this time. In recognition and support of this, student work must be supervised, reviewed and co-signed by a recognized and approved employee of the clinical laboratory. Students who obtain employment at a clinical affiliate site do so voluntarily outside the normally scheduled department courses and clinical practicum hours, are paid, supervised and are subject to institutional, state and federal employee regulations.

CLINICAL PLACEMENT POLICY

In the unlikely event that there are more students than clinical rotation spots, placement will be dependent upon academic achievement (highest overall and science GPAs) and professional performance consistent with the Department of Biomedical and Nutritional Sciences Behavior Policy. If there are insufficient placements for all students, every effort will be made by the MLS Program Director to secure an alternate site. Students who cannot be placed on clinical rotation at the normally scheduled time will be assigned to the next available clinical site.

MLS PROGRAM GRADUATE OUTCOMES MEASURES

ASCP BOC Pass Rates

Year of Graduation Number of Graduates ASCP BOC Exam Overall Pass Rate
2013 15 85%*
2014 26 72%*
2015 21 71%*
2016 25 100%*

*Pass rates represent success within one-year of graduation.

Graduation and Attrition Rates

Year of Graduation Graduation Rate* Attrition Rate*
2015 100% 0%
2016 96% 4%
2017 100% 0%
Average: 99% - *For those students entering the final half of the program.

Placement Rates

Year of Graduation Number of Graduates Placement Rate*
2014 26 100%
2015 21 100%
2016 25 100%
Average: - 100% - *For those who found employment (in the field or in a closely related field) and / or continued their education within one year of graduation.
Placement rates do not include graduates who fail to respond to program officials regarding employment status after multiple attempts.