Master’s in Medical Laboratory Science Program

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The Master of Science in Medical Laboratory Science (MS in Medical Laboratory Science) program prepares students to become a vital part of the health care team. This career allows students to collect and perform tests to analyze bodily fluids, which aids in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases. The medical laboratory science program is built around a core of basic and advanced theoretical knowledge combined with clinical practice. The curriculum is built around a core of basic and advanced theoretical knowledge and clinical practice in hematology, clinical chemistry, immunology, molecular diagnostics, immunohematology and clinical microbiology.

As important members of the health care team, medical laboratory scientists perform diagnostic tests on blood, urine and other bodily fluids. They provide clinicians with laboratory data, which are critical in diagnosing illness. Laboratory results are also important in deciding the best treatment for the patient, determining the prognosis of the illness and helping the patient maintain good health by preventing illness. Rush University graduates of the MLS program have also successfully matriculated into medical programs.

Quick Facts: Medical Laboratory Science Program
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Career outlook

Medical laboratory science career options

Graduates of the Rush University MLS program are employed in multiple settings, including: hospital and independent reference laboratories, universities and colleges, outpatient clinics, medical and biotechnology research facilities, government regulatory agencies, forensic and crime laboratories, veterinary clinics and zoos. The range of jobs for medical laboratory scientists with a master’s degree is wide.

Possible career areas for graduates with a degree in medical laboratory science:

  • Clinical analysis: includes microbiology and chemistry.
  • Public health: includes forensics and environmental health.
  • Industry: includes pharmaceuticals and quality assurance.
  • Higher education: includes educator and laboratory director.
  • Research: includes cancer research and bioengineering.

Employment of medical laboratory workers is expected to grow 22 percent through 2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Medical laboratory scientist salary expectations and demand

According to PayScale, the average annual salary of a medical laboratory scientist is roughly $62,000 a year. This can vary depending on experience and of course location. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of medical and clinical laboratory technologists is expected to grow 13 percent through 2026.

Advancing your medical laboratory science career

Accreditation and ASCP BOC exam

If a student wishes to pursue a Master’s in Medical Laboratory Science, they are required to complete the MCAT exam prior to applying. Graduates of the MLS program are eligible to sit for the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification Exam (ASCP BOC) in order to work as a medical laboratory scientist.

Why Rush University for your medical laboratory science degree

One hundred percent of students who started the clinical portion of the Medical Laboratory Science program from 2015 to 2017 successfully graduated from the program.

In your first year as a Medical Laboratory Science program student, you will learn basic theories and skills in the following areas:

  • Clinical chemistry
  • Clinical immunology
  • Clinical microbiology
  • Hematology
  • Immunohematology
  • Molecular diagnostics

In your second year of the Medical Laboratory Science program, you will complete a clinical practicum in the laboratories within Rush University Medical Center or these affiliated hospitals:

  • Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital
  • The University of Chicago Medicine
  • University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System
  • Loyola University Medical Center

Program Outcomes

  1. ASCP Board of Certification Pass Rates for students graduating in 2016-2018 taking the exam within a year of graduation = 55/57 = 96% (NAACLS benchmark is 75%)
  2. Graduation rate for students admitted Fall 2014 through Fall 2016 = 63/67 = 94% (NAACLS benchmark is 70%)
  3. Employment rate for students who graduated 2016-2018 (for those whose status is known) = 51/51 = 100% (NAACLS benchmark is 70%)

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