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College of Health Sciences > Department of Medical Laboratory Science > MS in Medical Laboratory Science > Employment Prospects & Outcomes
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Job prospects for graduates of Rush University's medical laboratory science programs are excellent. Our placement rate is typically 100 percent. Hospitals and other health care facilities throughout the United States are facing a critical shortage of qualified medical laboratory personnel. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that between 2010 and 2020, U.S. laboratories will need approximately 42,900 new workers/year to properly staff clinical laboratory facilities. Since accredited medical laboratory programs are graduating fewer than 5,000 each year, job security and increased wages are predicted for graduates of MLS programs.

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 MLS Program Outcomes

  1. Board of Certification Pass Rates

    94% (61/65) of graduates from 2012-2014 passed the Medical Laboratory Scientist Board of Certification examination within one year of graduation
  2. Graduation/Attrition Rates

    100% (76/76) of students who started the clinical portion of the program from 2013-2015 successfully graduated from the program.
  3. Job Placement Rates

    100% (61/61) of graduates from 2013-2015 found employment in the field or in a closely-related field and/or continued their education within one year of graduation.

SBB Career Paths

Specialists in blood bank technology perform and supervise both routine and specialized tests in blood centers and hospital-based transfusion services. Their duties include:

  • Testing for blood group antigens
  • Investigating abnormalities
  • Supporting physicians in transfusion therapy
  • Blood collection and processing
  • Supervising and/or teaching
  • Research

Students successfully completing this program will be prepared to assume positions in supervision/management, clinical research or teaching in a hospital, blood center, university, government or health care-related industry.

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