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Frequently Asked Questions

When do I apply to the Medical Laboratory Sciences Program?

Application to the Baccalaureate Degree program are submitted annually beginning in November with a February 1 deadline. Students typically apply during the Spring semester of their sophomore year. Students admitting to the University with the intent of applying to this program may declare any related major, however, declaring the Allied Health Sciences major is highly suggested to allow advising within the department.

Applications for the Certificate Program are reviewed on a rolling, space available basis. Applications may be filed anytime within the year prior to anticipated matriculation and are reviewed as they are received. Early submission of the application is advised, preferably to February 1.

Will I be guaranteed clinical placement?

Yes, all students who maintain the standards of scholastic achievement are guaranteed a clinical placement.

How are placements at clinical rotation sites determined?

During the Fall semester of the clinical year, students visit all the clinical rotation sites. Students then submit their first, second and third choices for placement. The clinical site may then require additional information, which may include a personal interview. Once this has been completed, a matching process will determine the placement. While students are not guaranteed their first choice, placement will be guaranteed for those who maintain the standards of scholastic achievement.

Are there any additional fees or expenses associated with the Medical Laboratory Sciences Program?

You can expect fees to approximate those of other University students; in addition, you will be responsible for 6 credits of summer tuition. There will be added expenses for uniforms and clinical travel. While on clinical placement, you are responsible for all expenses associated with the clinical experience. You are responsible for your own transportation to the clinical site. You should allow for transportation expenses, which could include parking fees and the cost of gasoline. You are required to pay full fees and tuition during off- campus clinical affiliations. During periods spent full time in the affiliated sites, it is your responsibility to find living quarters and to provide your own maintenance.

What are some of the benefits of being a Medical Laboratory Scientist?

  • Multiple career opportunities
  • Challenging and constantly changing
  • Excellent entry-level salaries
  • Flexible hours and part-time opportunities
  • Foundation for other health-related careers
  • An integral part of the health care team

Is housing or parking available at the clinical sites?

Housing is currently not available at the clinical sites.There may be parking fees, depnding upon the clinical site.

How will I know if this is a career for me?

Medical Laboratory Sciences is a career for you if you:

  • are a problem solver
  • like challenge and responsibility
  • are accurate and reliable
  • work well under pressure
  • communicate well
  • set high standards for yourself
  • are fascinated by science

What is the job market for Medical Laboratory Scientists?

There currently is a nationwide shortage of qualified laboratorians, which will likely continue into the foreseeable future.

How many students are accepted each year?

A total of sixteen students are accepted each year into the Program; this includes both baccalaureate degree and certificate program students.

What would a career ladder look like for me once I become a Medical Laboratory Scientist?

A Medical Laboratory Scientist who gains experience in one of the special areas of the laboratory has the opportunity to advance to a specialist level; in chemistry, hematology, transfusion services, immunology and microbiology. There are also numerous opportunities in management, research and education. There are additional positions in pharmaceutical companies and industry, as well as in reference, state health department and forensic laboratories. With additional graduate work, there are even more opportunities for professional growth. In today's laboratories, areas of scientific exploration include the immune system, cell marker technology, bioengineering and cancer research. In the clinical area, drug testing, therapeutic drug monitoring and biogenetics are just a few of the specialties with openings. In industry, Medical Laboratory Scientists are needed for positions in marketing, sales, quality assurance, environmental health and insurance, among others.

Are you able to do the program on a part-time basis?

Part-time study is possible through the completion of the junior year courses for baccalaureate degree students and the first semester for the Certificate Program students. However, after that you must be full time..

What are entry level salaries for this profession?

Salaries vary by region, with starting salaries ranging from $38,000 to $70,000 per year base. In Connecticut, starting salaries average between $55,000 to $65,000 per year base.  Additional monies are given for evening, night and weekend shifts.
 

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Department of Allied Health Sciences
College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources
358 Mansfield Road, Unit 1101
Storrs, Connecticut 06269-1101
Telephone: (860) 486-2834
Fax: (860) 486-5375