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Medical Laboratory Science

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About the Department

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Welcome to the Department of Medical Laboratory Science. In the next few pages, you will find information about the department, descriptions of the Medical Laboratory Science faculty, the professions of Clinical Laboratory Science and Cytotechnology, and the programs offered at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

If you have any questions or wish to tour our facilities, please call us at (508) 999-8329 Monday through Friday and speak with a member of the faculty.

Program overview

UMass Dartmouth offers a Bachelor of Science Degree in Medical Laboratory Science. All graduates meet requirements for national certification or state licensure.

The Department of Medical Laboratory Science offers four options: Clinical Laboratory Science, Cytotechnology, Health Services and Biotechnology.

  • Clinical laboratory scientists analyze blood and other body fluids to evaluate health status, diagnose disease, and aid in the proper management and treatment of disease. The program focuses on the standard clinical laboratory disciplines of Clinical Chemistry, Hematology, Urinalysis, Microbiology, Immunology, and Blood Banking. Increasing emphasis is placed on laboratory instrumentation, computers, quality control and genetic/molecular diagnostics.
  • Cytotechnologists use the microscope to detect changes in the body's cells, which might indicate cancer or other diseases.
  • Health Services is a program which allows other health professionals with an associate's degree to advance to a bachelor's degree. This career laddering enables individuals to advance to supervisory or other positions with increased responsibility within their employment.
  • Laboratorians working in biotechnology can be employed in highly diverse situations ranging from the traditional laboratory-centered position to sales, marketing, research & design to governmental oversight and regulatory compliance.

The UMass Dartmouth clinical laboratory science program is completed within the traditional academic calendar and the Department arranges hospital affiliations.

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