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

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

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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 took 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 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

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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 that 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
    • nursing
    • 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) or BMS 751-754 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 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 I 14
CHEM 404General Chemistry II4
CHEM 545
CHEM 546
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory 2
5
Select one of the following statistics courses: 3
BIOL 528Applied Biostatistics I4
PSYC 402Statistics in Psychology4
SOC 402Statistics4
MATH 439Statistical Discovery for Everyone4

Bioscience Core Courses

BMS 508Human Anatomy and Physiology II 44
GEN 604Principles of Genetics4
BMCB 658
BMCB 659
General Biochemistry
and General Biochemistry Lab
5
Select one of the following:
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 24

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 53

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
BMS 623Histology: Microscopic Cellular Structure and Function4
BMS 644
BMS 645
Clinical Hematology
and Clinical Hematology Laboratory 6
5
BMS 656
BMS 657
Immunohematology
and Blood Banking Laboratory 6
4
BMS 658
BMS 659
Medical Biochemistry
and Clinical Chemistry Laboratory 6
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 5,62
BMS 725Cell Phenotyping and Tissue Engineering Laboratory4
BMS 740Human Microbiome4
BMCB 753Cell Culture5
Choose THREE Major Electives from the list below (FOUR if BMS 721 is counted as a Laboratory course)
BMS 610Biomedical Lab Management 64
BMS 623Histology: Microscopic Cellular Structure and Function4
BMS 635Preceptorial in Prehospital Care2
BMS 640Phlebotomy Theory 62
BMS 641Phlebotomy Clinical Internship 61-2
BMS 644Clinical Hematology 63
BMS 644
BMS 645
Clinical Hematology
and Clinical Hematology Laboratory 6
5
BMS 644
BMS 646
Clinical Hematology
and Clinical Hemostasis 6
4
BMS 656
BMS 657
Immunohematology
and Blood Banking Laboratory 6
4
BMS 658
BMS 659
Medical Biochemistry
and Clinical Chemistry Laboratory 6
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 716Public Health: Food- and Water-borne Diseases4
BMS 718Mammalian Physiology4
BMS 719Host-Microbe Interactions4
BMS 725Cell Phenotyping and Tissue Engineering Laboratory4
BMS 730Ethical Issues in Biomedical Science4
BMS 740Human Microbiome4
BMS 750Case Studies in Microbiology 62
BMS 749Case Studies in Hematology and Immunology2
BMS 751Advanced Clinical Microbiology Internship 65
BMS 752Advanced Hematology Internship 65
BMS 753Advanced Immunohematology Internship 65
BMS 754Advanced Clinical Chemistry Internship 65
BMS 761Clinical Microbiology 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
BMCB 753Cell Culture5
BMCB 760Pharmacology4
BMCB 763Biochemistry of Cancer4
GEN 706Human Genetics4
GEN 721Comparative Genomics4
Other Internships 7

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).  Students may take more than one capstone course.  Capstone completion is never displayed on Degree Works; your advisor will certify capstone completion at the time of graduation. Students must have 90 credits or more when completing their capstone requirement.  See your advisor for questions about capstones.

BMS 635Preceptorial in Prehospital Care2
BMS 716Public Health: Food- and Water-borne Diseases4
BMS 719Host-Microbe Interactions4
BMS 725Cell Phenotyping and Tissue Engineering Laboratory4
BMS 740Human Microbiome4
BMS 747Case Studies in Bloodbanking1
BMS 748Case Studies in Medical Biochemistry1
BMS 749Case Studies in Hematology and Immunology2
BMS 750Case Studies in Microbiology2
BMS 751Advanced Clinical Microbiology Internship5
BMS 752Advanced Hematology Internship5
BMS 753Advanced Immunohematology Internship5
BMS 754Advanced Clinical Chemistry Internship5
BMS 761Clinical Microbiology 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
Other Internships 7

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

Explore Program Details

How long is the clinical internship?

  • The clinical internship is a 16-week unpaid clinical experience where students train alongside laboratory technologists in the areas of hematology, chemistry, microbiology and blood bank.
  • Following the completion of the clinical internship, students are eligible to sit for the national certification exam offered by the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) to become certified Medical Laboratory Scientists.

What is the benefit of completing the clinical internship?

  • Graduates who complete the clinical internship are eligible to sit for the ASCP certification exam. Passing the ASCP certification exam makes students eligible to be hired as nationally certified Medical Laboratory Scientists.
  • Medical Laboratory Scientists are in high demand: job growth is currently projected to be above average for many years.
  • All clinical internship graduates since 2014 have had a 100% employment rate upon graduation from the program.

What is your first-time pass rate on the ASCP certification exam?

  • The first-time pass rate on the ASCP certification exam was 97% from 2013-2015 and 92% from 2016-2018.
  • The national first-time pass rate for hospital-based programs during these times was 79% and 84%, respectively.

Where do students go to participate in their clinical internship?

  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center is our primary clinical affiliate, taking approximately 9 students each year.
  • Other clinical sites include Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, Catholic Medical Center, Lahey Clinic, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Portsmouth Regional Hospital and NorDx/Maine Medical Center.

What are the eligibility requirements for the clinical internship?

  • A minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA and a minimum 2.5 GPA in the required Medical Laboratory Science courses.
  • Positive recommendation and evaluation from three out of the four Medical Laboratory Science faculty.
  • A minimum average of 70% on all lecture exams in the required Medical Laboratory Science courses.

Where are your program graduates employed once they complete the clinical internship?

  • Graduates can be found in virtually every hospital in NH!
  • NH sites include Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, Exeter Hospital, Portsmouth Regional Hospital, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and Concord Hospital.
  • Sites outside of NH include Gifford Hospital, Lahey Clinic, Boston Medical Center, St. Joseph’s Hospital (Bangor, ME) and Fletcher-Allen Medical Center.

What other career options are there for students in the major who may not be interested in the clinical internship?

  • Students have a wide variety of career options when graduating with a degree in Biomedical Science: Medical Laboratory Science.
    • Many of our students that do not complete the clinical internship pursue careers as physician assistants or enroll in accelerated nursing programs.
    • Students also pursue careers in public health, as research scientists in the biomedical industry, in technical writing, in business and marketing and many, many others.
  • Faculty advisors work individually with students to determine their career goals and select the courses that best prepare that student to be a competitive entry-level applicant in their chosen field.

Where are your program graduates employed that do not complete the clinical internship?

Program graduates who do not earn certification as a Medical Laboratory Scientist work in a variety of places based on their career choices, including Lonza, Cell Signaling Technologies, the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Toxikon, Idexx, Joslin Diabetes Center and Thermo-Fisher Scientific amongst many others.

How does the phlebotomy internship work?

  • The phlebotomy internship is an 80-hour unpaid clinical experience at a hospital or outpatient draw facility, typically performed over the summer between sophomore and junior year.
  • Students are placed at sites local to their home and are frequently offered per-diem employment upon successful completion of their internship.

Is it possible to study abroad in this major?

  • Absolutely! It is easier for students to study abroad if they are not pursuing the clinical internship because the courses the students need are only available on the UNH campus.
  • Students who are interested in studying abroad work with their advisor to carefully map out their coursework and typically plan to study abroad through one of UNH’s many sponsored programs in the spring of their junior year.
    • Often, coursework taken during the semester abroad fulfills Discovery requirements but does not typically fulfill any major requirements.

Can I complete a minor?

  • Definitely! Again, it is easier to complete a minor if a student is not completing the clinical internship because there is greater flexibility in course selection but even for the clinical track students it can be done.
  • Faculty typically encourage students to pursue a minor starting in their sophomore or juniors years, once they have a better idea about their career interests.

Students completing the Clinical Medical Laboratory Science program certified as Medical Laboratory Scientists by the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) have had a 100% employment rate between the years 2013 – 2018.  Between the years 2013 and 2015, the first-time pass rate on the national certification exam was 97% and between 2016 – 2018, the first-time pass rate on the national certification exam was 92%.  This is in comparison to the national university-based MLS program's first-time pass rate of between 79% and 84% during those same years.

Student Learning Objectives

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

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