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Medical Laboratory ScienceBS

Medical Laboratory Science

Major in medical laboratory science

Medical laboratory scientists strive to answer medical questions and solve medical mysteries. When you major in medical laboratory science, you'll learn to analyze blood, body fluids, cells, tissues, and other specimens to determine both the causes of diseases and their appropriate treatments.

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The science behind the medicine

Medical laboratory scientists are essential members of the healthcare team who play a central role in the detection, diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring of disease with minimal direct patient interaction. Medical laboratory scientists perform and interpret laboratory testing. More than 70% of all medical decisions are based on data that medical laboratory scientists provide to the healthcare team.

Our comprehensive program, one of the largest in the nation, is a university-based integrated clinical medical laboratory science program. Our program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, which makes our students eligible for national certification from the American Society for Clinical Pathology. 

100% job placement rate

Your education will prepare you to become an integral member of any healthcare team. You'll be qualified for careers in a variety of settings including clinical laboratories, hospitals, physicians' offices, and health departments as well as positions in research, medicine, management, industry, education, and public health. For the last three years, 100% of our graduates began their careers in these excellent positions or enrolled in graduate school within six months. Many of our our graduates have multiple job offers before graduation.

Medical laboratory science alumni are qualified for graduate studies in specialty areas of microbiology, hematology, immunohematology, and clinical chemistry.


student in the lab
Rachael Buchanan '18

After gaining lab experience as an MLS major, Rachael Buchanan '18 is focusing on the healthcare side of lab medicine.

Career placements

  • Beth Israel Deconess Medical Center
  • Boston Children's Hospital
  • Boston Heart Diagnostics
  • Boston Medical Center
  • Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Claritas Genomics
  • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • Imugen
  • John Hopkins Hospital
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • MIT Medical
  • South Shore Hospital
  • Southcoast Hospitals Group
  • Tufts Medical Center

Our curriculum focuses on the standard clinical laboratory disciplines of clinical chemistry, hematology, urinalysis, microbiology, immunology, and blood banking. Our program will also help prepare you for medical school and other professional and graduate programs of study.

  • Practicum: fulfill 1-2 semesters of practicum in area clinical settings or at biotechnology industrial sites
  • Technology: learn to use state-of-the-art equipment including spectrophotometers, computer controlled semi-automated chemistry analyzers, urinalysis instruments, hematology cell counters, and rapid microorganism identification instruments
  • Community: participate in the Student Association for Medical Laboratory Science and the Pre-Health Club
  • Honors College: take advanced courses, pursue research, and be part of a community of scholars
  • Study Abroad: earn academic credits and gain a global perspective on your field
  • Undergraduate Research: faculty work with students on cutting-edge research projects
  • University Studies: gain the benefit of a broad university education to enhance your knowledge and skills

Advance your career with graduate studies

  • MS in Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology: Advance your career by earning your master's degree at UMassD in biomedical engineering and biotechnology (BMEBT).
  • Post-baccalaureate certificates: We offer individualized programs of study for students with bachelor's degrees in non-science related majors who wish to fulfill the course requirements for professional school admission (dental, medical, and veterinary school programs).