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Undergraduate Degree

Medical Laboratory Sciences (also known as Medical Technology or Clinical Laboratory Sciences) is the branch of laboratory medicine that deals with the study of blood and other body specimens to aid in the diagnosis of human disease, determine optimal therapy, and monitor the progress of treatment.

Medical Laboratory Scientists are essential members of the healthcare team who are responsible for performing the analysis, evaluating normal and abnormal results, and correlating the results with disease states. The information they provide physicians is essential to patient care. They are involved with every aspect of clinical laboratory testing including method development, analysis, quality assurance, training of personnel, and laboratory management.

 

Admission

Medical Laboratory Sciences is a competetive program open to students who have met the General Admission Requirements. Guaranteed Admission is available to qualified applicants. Application to the Baccalaureate Degree program is 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.

Upon program completion, students are eligible to sit for the certification examination in Medical Laboratory Sciences offered by the Board of Certification (BOC) of the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).

 

Clinical Training

Students complete didactic and clinical laboratory training in several areas of study.

Students complete both “student lab” training and clinical rotations. During the “student lab” portion of the program, courses are scheduled in blocks ranging from 1 to 6 weeks, depending upon the course. Students attend lectures Monday through Friday mornings and lab sessions in the afternoon.

During the last portion of the clinical training, students complete a clinical rotation at one of several clinical affiliates throughout the state. Here they work one-on-one with a practicing technologist in a licensed clinical laboratory.

 

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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