Biomedical Science Major: Medical Laboratory Science Option B.S.

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Biomedical Science Major: Medical Laboratory Science Option B.S.

Program Overview

What is medical laboratory science?

Medical laboratory science relies on the use of diagnostic tools to detect the presence, extent or absence of human disease, and to provide the valuable data needed to evaluate the effectiveness of treatment. Based on solid foundational and advanced courses in chemistry and the biological sciences, this degree program prepares students for a fulfilling career in the biomedical sciences, including as a certified medical laboratory scientist. Students have the opportunity to specialize in clinical chemistry, hematology, clinical microbiology or immunohematology. Students are also prepared for further study in medicine or for entry to graduate programs.

Why study medical laboratory science at UNH?

UNH has the only four-year, NAACLS-accredited medical laboratory science program in New Hampshire, giving students a path to become certified medical laboratory scientists with the American Society of Clinical Pathology. Our faculty teach all the lab courses, help students gain hands-on experience performing immunological, biochemical, molecular and microbiological procedures, and prepare students for jobs in this high-demand field. We offer excellent internship opportunities through affiliations with Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, NorDx/Maine Medical Center and other regional hospitals, medical centers and diagnostic facilities. In 2017, 100 percent of medical laboratory science majors who look the clinical pathology boards within one year of graduation passed.

Potential careers

  • Certified Medical Laboratory Scientist (ASCP)
  • Diagnostic product developer
  • Federal or state regulator
  • Healthcare administrator
  • Laboratory technician
  • Physician
  • Physician assistant
  • Research scientist

Contact

Adele J. Marone

Clinical Associate Professor
Phone: (603) 862-1376
Office: Molecular, Cellular, & Biomedical Sciences, Kendall Hall Rm 210, Durham, NH 03824

Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences
Rudman Hall
46 College Road
Durham, NH 03824
603-862-4095
mcbs.dept@unh.edu

Curriculum & Requirements

The Biomedical Science: Medical Laboratory Science (BMS:MLS) program provides you with the medical knowledge and understanding of diagnostic technology needed for a fulfilling career in the biomedical sciences, including as an American College of Clinical Pathology-certified Medical Laboratory Scientist.


As a Biomedical Science: Medical Laboratory Science major, you will:

  • learn to determine the presence, extent, or absence of human disease through understanding the diagnostic testing that medical professionals use to make these determinations (70% of physician decisions are based on diagnostic testing results)
  • obtain hands-on experience by performing immunological, biochemical, molecular, and microbiological procedures that aid in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease

Unique features of the MLS option include:

  • the only 4-year degree program in NH that includes a path for students to become certified as Medical Laboratory Scientists (MLS) by the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP), and is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
  • Certified Medical Laboratory Scientists are in high demand and easily find employment in hospitals and medical centers throughout the country
  • the MLS program is affiliated with Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and NorDx/Maine Medical Center

Careers or post-baccalaureate education of previous Medical Laboratory Science graduates include:

  • Certified Medical Laboratory Scientists (ASCP) in diagnostic testing  laboratories in hospitals and industry
  • research scientists/laboratory technicians
    • biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies
    • biomedical research facilities
    • forensic laboratories
    • hospital reference laboratories
    • government public health laboratories
  • secondary school educators (with additional coursework in education)
  • diagnostic product development
  • sales and marketing
  • state and federal government agencies (e.g., U.S. Food and Drug Administration).
  • professional health programs
  • graduate programs
    • microbiology
    • biomedical science
    • biochemistry
    • public health
    • business administration

SAMPLE Course Sequence for Medical Laboratory Science

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
BMS 401 Professional Perspectives in Biomedical Sciences 1
ENGL 401 First-Year Writing 4
BMS 507
or BIOL 411
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
or Introductory Biology: Molecular and Cellular
4
CHEM 403 General Chemistry I 4
Discovery Course 4
 Credits17
Spring
BMS 508 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
CHEM 404 General Chemistry II 4
Statistics 4
Discovery Course 4
 Credits16
Second Year
Fall
BMS 503
& BMS 504
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Laboratory
5
GEN 604 Principles of Genetics 4
Discovery Course 4
Discovery Course 4
 Credits17
Spring
BMS 602
& BMS 603
Pathogenic Microbiology
and Pathogenic Microbiology Laboratory
5
BMS 560
& BMS 561
Body Fluids
and Body Fluids Laboratory
4
CHEM 545
& CHEM 546
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
5
Major Elective 4
 Credits18
Third Year
Fall
Major Elective with lab 4-6
BMCB 658
& BMCB 659
General Biochemistry
and General Biochemistry Lab
5
BMS 650 Molecular Diagnostics 4
 Credits13-15
Spring
BMS 642
& BMS 643
Clinical Immunology and Serology
and Clinical Serology Laboratory
4
BMS 720 Mycology, Parasitology, and Virology 3
Major Elective with lab 4-5
Elective (any course) 4
 Credits15-16
Fourth Year
Fall
Major Elective (WI) 4
Major Elective (Capstone) 4
Discovery Course 4
Elective (any course) 4
 Credits16
Spring
Elective (any course) 4
Elective (any course) 4
Elective (any course) 4
Elective (any course) 4
 Credits16
 Total Credits128-131

The Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS) program is NAACLS accredited and follows accreditation requirements. Students in this option take four Foundation courses, five Bioscience Core courses, six required BMS:MLS core courses, and five Major Elective courses. One capstone experience, supervised and approved within the major, is required of all seniors. The capstone explores areas of interest based on the integration of prior learning.  In addition, all other University academic requirements must be completed, including those for Discovery Program and the University Writing Requirement.

A grade of C-minus or above is required in BMS:MLS Core Courses.

Foundation Courses

CHEM 403General Chemistry I4
CHEM 404General Chemistry II4
CHEM 545
& CHEM 546
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1
5
Select one of the following:
BIOL 528Applied Biostatistics I4
PSYC 402Statistics in Psychology4
SOC 502Statistics4
MATH 439Statistical Discovery for Everyone4

Bioscience Core Courses

BMS 508Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
GEN 604Principles of Genetics4
BMCB 658
& BMCB 659
General Biochemistry
and General Biochemistry Lab
5
Select one of the following:4-5
BMS 503
& BMS 504
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Laboratory
5
BMS 501Microbes in Human Disease4
Select one of the following:
BMS 507Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIOL 411Introductory Biology: Molecular and Cellular 14

BMS-MLS Core Courses

BMS 401Professional Perspectives in Biomedical Sciences1
BMS 560
& BMS 561
Body Fluids
and Body Fluids Laboratory
4
BMS 602
& BMS 603
Pathogenic Microbiology
and Pathogenic Microbiology Laboratory
5
BMS 642
& BMS 643
Clinical Immunology and Serology
and Clinical Serology Laboratory
4
BMS 650Molecular Diagnostics4
BMS 720Mycology, Parasitology, and Virology 23

BMS-MLS Major Electives

A total of five unique Major Electives is required.  Two courses must have a Laboratory component.

Choose TWO Major Electives with a Laboratory component
BMS 623Histology: Microscopic Cellular Structure and Function4
BMS 644
& BMS 645
Clinical Hematology
and Clinical Hematology Laboratory 3
5
BMS 656
& BMS 657
Immunohematology
and Blood Banking Laboratory 3
4
BMS 658
& BMS 659
Medical Biochemistry
and Clinical Chemistry Laboratory 3
5
BMS 705
& BMS 715
Immunology
and Immunology Laboratory
5
BMS 706
& BMS 708
Virology
and Virology Laboratory
5
BMS 721Mycology, Parasitology, and Virology Laboratory (coreq BMS 720) 2, 32
BMS 740Human Microbiome4
Choose THREE Major Electives from the list below (FOUR if BMS 721 is counted as a Laboratory course) 2
BMS 610Biomedical Lab Management 34
BMS 623Histology: Microscopic Cellular Structure and Function4
BMS 635Preceptorial in Prehospital Care2
BMS 640Phlebotomy Theory 32
BMS 641Phlebotomy Clinical Internship 31-2
BMS 644Clinical Hematology3
BMS 644
& BMS 645
Clinical Hematology
and Clinical Hematology Laboratory 3
5
BMS 644
& BMS 646
Clinical Hematology
and Clinical Hemostasis
4
BMS 656
& BMS 657
Immunohematology
and Blood Banking Laboratory 3
4
BMS 658
& BMS 659
Medical Biochemistry
and Clinical Chemistry Laboratory 3
5
BMS 702Endocrinology4
BMS 703Infectious Disease and Health4
BMS 704Pathologic Basis of Disease4
BMS 705
& BMS 715
Immunology
and Immunology Laboratory
5
BMS 706
& BMS 708
Virology
and Virology Laboratory
5
BMS 711Toxicology4
BMS 712Grand Rounds2
BMS 716Public Health: Food- and Water-borne Diseases4
BMS 718Mammalian Physiology4
BMS 719Host-Microbe Interactions4
BMS 721Mycology, Parasitology, and Virology Laboratory2
BMS 730Ethical Issues in Biomedical Science4
BMS 740Human Microbiome4
BMS 750Case Studies 31-5
BMCB 753Cell Culture5
BMCB 760Pharmacology4
BMCB 763Biochemistry of Cancer4
GEN 706Human Genetics4
BMS 751Advanced Clinical Microbiology Internship 35
BMS 752Advanced Hematology Internship 35
BMS 753Advanced Immunohematology Internship 35
BMS 754Advanced Clinical Chemistry Internship 35
BMS 761Clinical Microbiology Internship20
BMS 762Clinical Hematology Internship20
BMS 763Clinical Immunohematology Internship20
BMS 764Clinical Chemistry Internship20
BMS 790Undergraduate Teaching Experience1-4
BMS 795Investigations in Biomedical Science1-8
BMS 795WInvestigations in Biomedical Science1-8
BMS 796Biomedical Research Internship4-16
BMS 799Senior Thesis (4-credit minimum)1-4
BMS 799HSenior Honors Thesis (4-credit minimum)1-4

Approved BMS:MLS Capstone Courses

The capstone explores areas of interest based on the integration of prior learning.  The capstone requirement may be satisfied through a course, created work or product, or some form of experiential learning (e.g., honors thesis, mentored research project, or other special student activity).  The capstone requirement can only be fulfilled once a student has senior standing in the major.

BMS 635Preceptorial in Prehospital Care2
BMS 716Public Health: Food- and Water-borne Diseases4
BMS 719Host-Microbe Interactions4
BMS 740Human Microbiome4
BMS 750Case Studies1-5
BMS 751Advanced Clinical Microbiology Internship5
BMS 752Advanced Hematology Internship5
BMS 753Advanced Immunohematology Internship5
BMS 754Advanced Clinical Chemistry Internship5
BMS 761Clinical Microbiology Internship20
BMS 762Clinical Hematology Internship20
BMS 763Clinical Immunohematology Internship20
BMS 764Clinical Chemistry Internship20
BMS 790Undergraduate Teaching Experience (2 semesters, including lab presentation or instruction)1-4
BMS 795Investigations in Biomedical Science (4-credit minimum)1-8
BMS 795WInvestigations in Biomedical Science (4-credit minimum)1-8
BMS 796Biomedical Research Internship4-16
BMS 799Senior Thesis (4-credit minimum)1-4
BMS 799HSenior Honors Thesis (4-credit minimum)1-4
INCO 790Advanced Research Experience (4-credit minimum)1-4

For a Capstone experience not listed above, such as an internship, submit a Capstone Experience Approval form prior to beginning the experience. 

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Students completing the clinical Medical Laboratory Science program to be certified as Medical Laboratory Scientists by the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) have had a 100% pass rate, 100% graduation rate and 100% job placement rate for the 3 years between July 1, 2014 and June 30th, 2017.

As part of the University of New Hampshire’s Discovery Program requirements, all students must complete a Capstone experience. 

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