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Applied Biomedical Sciences BS Degree, Medical Laboratory Science Option

Meet Our Students

Michael McCormack '20 Medical Laboratory Science

The Medical Lab Science program helped Michael McCormack use his problem-solving skills to land a job learning how diseases occur.

The MLS curriculum gives you the tools you need to consider multiple factors contributing to diseases when interpreting laboratory data.

Become a Highly Skilled Medical Lab Scientist

Our Grads are in High Demand: Three-Year Job Placement Rate of 100 Percent

Medical laboratory science professionals are highly skilled scientists who perform and analyze diagnostic tests that help physicians identify disease and treat their patients. With an average job placement rate of 100 percent, the UMass Lowell MLS program is highly regarded by employers.

Starting in your junior year, you'll gain experiences in clinical internships at hospitals and reference laboratories, helping you sharpen your skills and making you appealing to future employers.

Prepare for the Certification Exam with our Accredited Program

After completing the degree, you'll be qualified to take the Board of Certification examination for Medical Laboratory Scientists offered by the American Society for 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, Contact: 847-939-3597 or 773-714-8880, email:, and the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences website.

Admissions and Degree Pathways

Admission into the MLS Program is a two-step process.

  1. Apply to the Applied Biomedical Sciences major: Clinical Science Option.
  2. After at least one successful semester in the Clinical Science Option, you will then be eligible to apply to the Medical Laboratory Science Option.

Visit the Applied Biomedical Sciences degree program page for more admission and degree information. Contact Assoc. Prof. Jennifer Nicoloro by email: for additional information.

MLS Program Outcomes: Pass Rates

Year of GraduationNumber of GraduatesASCP BOC Exam Overall Pass Rate

The three year average, 2016 to 2018 is 92%

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

MLS Program Outcomes: Graduation & Attrition Rates

Year of GraduationGraduation Rate*Attrition Rate*

Three year average graduation rate is 96%.

*For those students entering the final half of the program.

MLS Program Outcomes: Placement Rates

Year of GraduationNumber of GraduatesPlacement 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.

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


100 percent of MLS program graduates are successfully employed by laboratories in:

  • Hospitals
  • Physician offices
  • Medical reference labs
  • American Red Cross Blood Bank¬†
  • Public health labs
  • Veterinary offices
  • Universities
  • Medical Schools

Graduates have also continued onto graduate schools, i.e. Veterinary School, Chiropractic School, Osteopathic School, Medical School or Physician and Pathologist Assistant's programs.