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

  For students who graduated between 7/1/18 - 6/30/19 For students who graduated between 7/1/19 - 6/30/20 For students who graduated between 7/1/20 - 6/30/21
Number of students that sat for the ASCP BOC exam within first year of graduation 26 32 33
Number passing the BOC exam within first year of graduation 25 28 27
Percent 96 88 82

 

Placement Rates

  For students who graduated between 7/1/18 - 6/30/19 For students who graduated between 7/1/19 - 6/30/20 For students who graduated between 7/1/20 - 6/30/21
Graduates who found employment and/or continued their education within one year of graduation 28 35 35
Graduates that did not find placement within one year of graduation 0 0 1
Yearly Average Placement Rate Percentage 100 100 97

 

Graduation* Rates

  For students slated to graduate between 7/1/18- 6/30/19 For students slated to graduate between 7/1/19 - 6/30/20 For students slated to graduate between 7/1/20- 6/30/21
Students who began the "final half" of the program 30 32 23
Students who completed the “final half” of the program 30 32 23
Yearly Graduation Rate Percentage 100 100 100

The Traditional Track in-person MLS Program is 16 month long beginning in the fall semester of August in year 1 and ending in December of year 2 (end of fall semester). Therefore, the half-way point is during the spring semester of year 1. The MLS faculty have agreed that the start of summer session 1 (begins the first week in May) is the start of the final half of the program. The MLT to MLS Track has various part-time and full-time schedules and is difficult to fit into this definition. Furthermore, some students will switch from full to part-time due to work commitments. Therefore, all data posted is for the traditional track in-person students