What is a Medical Laboratory Scientist?
Medical laboratory scientists help improve lives by providing essential clinical information to health care providers. They are responsible for assuring reliable results that contribute to the prevention, diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment of physiological and pathological conditions. Laboratory tests are extremely valuable and contribute up to 70 percent of medical decisions made by health care providers.
What careers or educational options can I pursue with a Medical Laboratory Science degree?
Graduates of Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) programs often have management responsibilities. Many may specialize in areas such as hematology, clinical chemistry, toxicology, virology, microbiology, immunohematology (blood banking), or molecular biology.
Many of our graduates pursue advanced degrees in medicine, physician assistant studies, pharmacy, dentistry, and veterinary sciences. The MLS curriculum also offers an excellent foundation for admission to graduate programs in medical sciences.
The MLS Program is offered on the Lexington campus of the University of Kentucky and at the Center for Excellence in Rural Health campus in Hazard, Kentucky. For additional information about the Hazard program, contact LeeAnn Helton (Center for Rural Health advisor) at LeeAnn.Helton@uky.edu.
Undergraduate students and those with a bachelor’s degree who have completed general education and program pre-requisite requirements are eligible to apply to the MLS Program. Application deadline is March 1 for Lexington campus and May 1 for Hazard campus.
MLT to MLS Online Track
The online career path enables certified medical laboratory technicians (MLT) to advance their education. The online track is limited to those with MLT credentials who are currently employed in a hospital laboratory. The program graduate will receive a bachelor’s degree in Medical Laboratory Science and will be eligible to sit for the certification examination at the Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) level. Application deadline for MLT to MLS is June 1.
The University of Kentucky Medical Laboratory Science program is accredited through 2017 by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS) 5600 N. River Rd. Suite 720, Rosemont, Illinois 60018-5119; (773) 714-8880.