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:
- Anna Jaques Hospital, Newburyport, Mass.
- Atrius Health, Needham, Mass.
- Boston Medical Center, Boston, Mass.
- Cambridge Hospital, Cambridge, Mass.
- Emerson Hospital, Concord, Mass.
- HealthAlliance Hospital, Leominster, Mass.
- Holy Family Hospital, Methuen, Mass.
- Lahey Medical Center, Burlington, Mass.
- Lawrence General Hospital, Lawrence, Mass.
- Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Hallmark Health, Medford, Mass.
- Lowell General Hospital, Mass.in and Saints Campus, Lowell, Mass.
- Melrose Wakefield Hospital, Hallmark Health, Melrose, Mass.
- Metro West Medical Center, Framingham and Natick, Mass.
- Mount Auburn Hospital, Cambridge, Mass.
- North Shore Medical Center - Salem Hospital, Salem, Mass.
- Quest Diagnostics, Marlborough, Mass.
- Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, Nashua, N.H.
- St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, Brighton, Mass.
- St. Joseph Hospital, Nashua, N.H.
- Tufts Medical Center, Boston, Mass.
- Winchester Hospital, Winchester, Mass.
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).
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|
*Pass rates represent success within one-year of graduation.
Graduation and Attrition Rates
|Year of Graduation||Graduation Rate*||Attrition Rate*|
|Average: 99% - *For those students entering the final half of the program.|
|Year of Graduation||Number of Graduates||Placement Rate*|
|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.|