Medical Laboratory Sciences

Medical Laboratory Sciences

The Medical Laboratory Sciences Program is one of the primary components of the University of West Florida’s Usha Kundu, MD College of Health. The Bachelor's degree program prepares students for immediate employment in a medical laboratory as a medical laboratory scientist.


Building upon a foundation of biology and chemistry courses, the Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS) Program prepares students to enter the MLS profession through advanced hands-on training in the medical laboratory sciences.

Graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Clinical Laboratory Sciences from the University of West Florida may not fulfill licensure requirements for every state, particularly NY and CA. Please research your potential state licensure requirements.

Upon completion of the program and the achievement of certification and license, medical laboratory scientists are employed in a variety of health-care settings as laboratory technologists, progressing to supervisory and management positions. Others work in research labs, reference labs, public-health labs, blood banks, crime labs, and physicians’ office labs.Graduates take the national board examination offered by the American Society for Clinical Pathology to be credentialed as MLS (ASCP). Alumni work in microbiology, hematology, clinical chemistry, molecular diagnostics and transfusion services. MLS graduates from UWF make significant contributions to the health and welfare of the public in Florida, Alabama and nationwide. 

The UWF program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Medical Laboratory Sciences. Information about NAACLS can be obtained from: 
NAACLS
5600 N. River Road Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119
773.714.8880
naacls.org


Careers in Medical Laboratory Sciences

Dr. Kristina Behan and Ms. Katie Cavnar chat with Dr. Dave Dawson about career opportunities in Clinical Laboratory Sciences, what type of preparation is required to qualify for jobs, and what kind of people tend to do well in this dynamic and very important field.


 

Student Outcomes Measures - Section 1
Graduation YearNumber of GraduatesGraduation RatesAttrition Rate
2017 27 100% 0%
2018 24 95% 5%
2019 23 100% 0%

 

Student Outcomes Measures - Section 2
Graduation YearASCP National Board 
Exam Overall Pass Rate
Medical Laboratory employment placement
rates within 6 months of graduation
2017 85% 96%
2018 100% 100%
2019 87% 90%