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UK College of Health Sciences

Medical Laboratory Science

some facts about us

  • $61k
    median annual salary (National Median Pay, U.S. BLS)
  • 16%
    job growth (2012-24, U.S. BLS)
  • 100%
    licensing exam pass rate

Medical Laboratory Science

Laboratories and the work of their personnel are essential in health care. A degree in medical laboratory science prepares you to provide essential clinical information to health care providers and ensure reliable results that contribute to the prevention, diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment of physiological and pathological conditions. Laboratory tests are extremely valuable and are responsible for up to 70 percent of medical decisions made by practitioners. Graduates of our MLS programs often go on to pursue advanced degrees in medicine, physician assistant studies, pharmacy, and dentistry. Many may also specialize in areas like hematology, clinical chemistry, toxicology, virology, microbiology, immunohematology (blood banking) or molecular biology.

Program Outcome Data

The United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education have indicated the importance of the public availability of program/student outcomes measured. To meet this expectation, the University of Kentucky Medical Laboratory Science program is providing the following:

ASCP BOC Certification Pass Rates for Graduates

The following table shows the pass rate for those who take the ASCP BOC MLS exam within the first year of graduation.

  For students who graduated between 7/1/16 - 6/30/17 For students who graduated between 7/1/17 - 6/30/18 For students who graduated between 7/1/18 - 6/30/19
A) # who sat for the ASCP BOC exam within first year of graduation 22 28 26
B) # who passed the ASCP BOC exam within the first year of graduation 22 27 25
Yearly Certification Pass Rate Percentage: (B/A) x 100 100 96 96

 

Three Year Average Placement Rate Percentage

The following table shows the number of students placed (found employment in the field or closely related field and/or continued their education) within one year of graduation.

  For students who graduated between 7/1/16 - 6/30/17 For students who graduated between 7/1/17 - 6/30/18 For students who graduated between 7/1/18 - 6/30/19
A) # who found employment (in the field or in a closely related field) and/or continued their education within one year of graduation 25 29 28
B) # who did neither of the above 1 0 0
C) # for which you do NOT have any information 0 0 0
Yearly Average Placement Rate Percentage:[A/(A+B)] x 100 96 100 100

 

Graduation/Attrition Rates

The following table shows the number of students who began the final half of the MLS program (defined by the MLS Program as those progressing past the second semester of the first year) and graduated.

  For students slated to graduate between 7/1/17 - 6/30/18 For students slated to graduate between 7/1/18 - 6/30/19 For students slated to graduate between 7/1/19 - 6/30/20
A) # who began the "final half" of the program 28 30 32
B) # who began the "final half" of the program but subsequently left
(voluntarily or involuntarily)
0 0 0
C) # who began the "final half" of the program but are still currently enrolled 0 0 0
D) # who began the "final half" of the program during the given time period and have since graduated 28 30 32
Yearly Attrition Rate Percentage: (B/A) x100 0 0 0
Yearly Graduation Rate Percentage:[D/(A-C)] x 100 100 100 100