Master of Science in Medical Laboratory Science Program Details

Program Highlights

Students should choose the MS in Medical Laboratory Science program at Rush University for these reasons:

  • Rich hands-on experience in student laboratory because of the availability of resources for student learning, e.g. digital microscopy, actual patient specimens and an extensive microscope slide collection demonstrating normals and abnormals
  • Guaranteed practica placement in a large, urban, tertiary-care, state-of-the-art hospital laboratory
  • Excellent student outcomes including success on certification examination and job placement rate
  • Multiple opportunities for the development of critical thinking skills through the use of problem-based learning
  • Long history of a fully-accredited program that is highly regarded locally and nationally
  • Small class size together with all the benefits and resources of a large university
  • Faculty consisting of experienced practitioner-teachers including expert guest lecturers
  • Program housed in a highly-ranked academic medical center with other health sciences students
  • One of the first medical laboratory science programs in the U.S. offering a Master of Science degree
  • Research opportunities in translational medicine with funded, experienced researchers
  • Opportunity for interprofessional learning at all stages of the program
  • Rich, diverse culture of community service providing hands-on, real-world experiences
  • History of leadership in professional societies by faculty and students
  • Program location in Chicago, a city of diverse communities with access to good public transportation, wealth of cultural opportunities, competitive professional sports teams and outstanding recreational facilities.

Accreditation Summary

The medical laboratory science program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences: 5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018. Phone: (847) 939-3597.

Licensure Information

Institutions are required to make public whether a program is designed to meet educational requirements for a specific professional license or certification that is required for employment in an occupation or is advertised as meeting such requirements. Institutions are required to make public, for each state, whether the completion of that program would be sufficient to meet licensure requirements in a state for that occupation, did not meet requirements or has not made a determination.  These requirements apply to all programs offered via all modalities (distance education and not).

Students should review the specific academic requirements for the program in which they are enrolling, including those related to practicum/internship as well as pre-qualifications for licensure such as the need for a criminal background check. We highly recommend that students contact the applicable licensure board(s) in their state of residence or in the state where they intend to obtain a license before beginning an academic program that results in licensure and prior to beginning any internship/practicum. Many licensure boards have additional requirements beyond successful degree completion to obtain a license. Please be advised that state laws, regulations, and policies may change at any time. Changes in requirements can impact the program’s ability to meet educational requirements for licensure. Enrolled and prospective students are strongly encouraged to check with the licensing board(s) in their state of residence or in the state in which they intend to obtain a license for the most recent information and requirements. The College will periodically review the state requirements. The College of Health Sciences disclosure does not provide any guarantee that any particular state licensure or certification entity will approve or deny a student’s application.

Licensure Information by State:
  Link, by State Does this program meet the requirements?

Alabama

N/A state does not license this specific profession

YES

Alaska

N/A state does not license this specific profession

YES

Arizona

N/A state does not license this specific profession

YES

Arkansas

N/A state does not license this specific profession

YES

California

MLS licensing

NO*

Colorado

N/A state does not license this specific profession

YES

Connecticut

N/A state does not license this specific profession

YES

Delaware

N/A state does not license this specific profession

YES

Florida

MLS licensing

YES

Georgia

N/A state does not license this specific profession

YES

Hawaii

MLS licensing

YES

Idaho

N/A state does not license this specific profession

YES

Illinois

N/A state does not license this specific profession

YES

Indiana

N/A state does not license this specific profession

YES

Iowa

N/A state does not license this specific profession

YES

Kansas

N/A state does not license this specific profession

YES

Kentucky

N/A state does not license this specific profession

YES

Louisiana

MLS licensing

YES

Maine

N/A state does not license this specific profession

YES

Maryland

N/A state does not license this specific profession

YES

Massachusetts

N/A state does not license this specific profession

YES

Michigan

N/A state does not license this specific profession

YES

Minnesota

N/A state does not license this specific profession

YES

Mississippi

N/A state does not license this specific profession

YES

Missouri

N/A state does not license this specific profession

YES

Montana

MLS licensing

YES

Nebraska

N/A state does not license this specific profession

YES

Nevada

MLS licensing

YES

New Hampshire

N/A state does not license this specific profession

YES

New Jersey

N/A state does not license this specific profession

YES

New Mexico

N/A state does not license this specific profession

YES

New York

MLS licensing

NO*

North Carolina

N/A state does not license this specific profession

YES

North Dakota

MLS licensing

YES

Ohio

N/A state does not license this specific profession

YES

Oklahoma

N/A state does not license this specific profession

YES

Oregon

N/A state does not license this specific profession

YES

Pennsylvania

N/A state does not license this specific profession

YES

Rhode Island

N/A state does not license this specific profession

YES

South Carolina

N/A state does not license this specific profession

YES

South Dakota

N/A state does not license this specific profession

YES

Tennessee

MLS licensing

YES

Texas

N/A state does not license this specific profession

YES

Utah

N/A state does not license this specific profession

YES

Vermont

N/A state does not license this specific profession

YES

Virginia

N/A state does not license this specific profession

YES

Washington

N/A state does not license this specific profession

YES

West Virginia

MLS licensing

YES

Wisconsin

N/A state does not license this specific profession

YES

Wyoming

N/A state does not license this specific profession

YES

*There are additional requirements for New York and California. Students are told during application process, at the interview, and once they have started the program.

 

Admissions Contact
Phone: (312) 942-2115

Email: maribeth_l_flaws@rush.edu

 
Job Placement Rates
100%
of graduates from 2017 to 2019
 
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Learn more about the Master of Science in Medical Laboratory Science program at an on-campus or online information session.