Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) Certificate


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Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) Certificate

Medical laboratory scientists are healthcare professionals who perform and evaluate laboratory tests that assist physicians in detecting, diagnosing and treating disease. Medical laboratory scientists work in hospitals, research, reference, and forensic laboratories. Students who already have a bachelor's degree and required prerequisite coursework may apply to the MLS program and after successful completion of the internship year will receive a certificate.

The UCCS MLS Program is offered through the University of Nebraska Medical Center  (UNMC) MLS Program. UNMC supplies the academic curriculum and is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Medical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). Participating hospital laboratories provide the laboratory internships. The MLS year is 43 credits and is divided into three parts:

  1. Student lab - 13 weeks on site at UNMC in Kearney, Nebraska beginning in May each year.
  2. First clinical rotation - 17 weeks
  3. Second clinical rotation - 17 weeks

During clinical rotations 1 and 2 the student will receive academic material online via Blackboard educational platform coincident with performance of medical laboratory work under the supervision of a hospital laboratory technologist. Upon completion of this year's work the student will qualify for a post baccalaureate (4+1) certificate with qualifications to sit for the national ASCP certification exam.

Requirements and Prerequisite Courses for the MLS program for Students with a Bachelor's Degree
Admissions Requirements: A minimum of 77 semester hours.  The 77 semester hours (or equivalent quarter hours) must include the following:

Biology, 16 semester hours including:

  • Microbiology (with lab preferred)
  • Immunology
  • Genetics or Molecular Biology

Chemistry, 14 semester hours including:

  • A minimum of two upper level (200 level or above) Chemistry courses.  Upper level chemistry courses may include Organic Chemistry I, Organic Chemistry II, Biochemistry or Analytical Chemistry.  Biochemistry with a lab is recommended.

Mathematics, 3 semester hours Statistics is preferred.

English Composition, 3 semester hours

Grade of C or better in all required courses
Cumulative GPA of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale
Math/Science GPA of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale
Minimum of 20 on ACT exam; Minimum 1440 SAT Cumulative
TOEFL exam for foreign students where English is a second language
Upper level science courses taken at a 4-year institution are strongly recommended.  

Additional notes:  a maximum of 60 semester hours can be accepted from a community college.  All foreign transcripts must be evaluated by an ASCP Board of Certification-approved agency.  
* UCCS 3+1 students must go through the application process for clinical placement. UCCS 3+1 students are not guaranteed admission to clinicals. Deadline for the application process for the clinical year is November 30 of the third year.          

All correspondence:
Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Beth-El College of Nursing & Health Sciences
University of Colorado Colorado Springs
1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
Phone: 719-255-4422
Admissions Phone: 719-255-3084 or 1-800-990-8227 extension 3084
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Last Updated: Feb 28, 2017