Medical Laboratory Science (MLS)

Holy Family University proudly offers a degree in Medical Laboratory Science (MLS). MLS, also known as Clinical Laboratory Science, combines biology and chemistry with a Bachelor of Science degree that prepares students for an exciting career in medical diagnostics.

A Medical Technologist is an integral part of the medical team responsible for the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of disease. A medical technologist does much of the detective work utilizing sophisticated instrumentation, conducting laboratory testing and analyzing patient specimens to diagnose and develop treatment plans for medical conditions.

As an MLS student at Holy Family University, you will be well prepared for your clinical rotations as you are instructed by the Chemistry and Biology Faculty members in basic theory found in your core courses. Upon graduation from Holy Family University, your career options are bountiful, as professionals in this field are currently in high demand and a continuing trend for future growth in this field. Simply, the Medical Laboratory Science program may be for you if you enjoy applied sciences and are looking for excellent career opportunities with competitive salaries in a dynamic, versatile and high tech field.

Program Highlights

3+1: Students majoring in Medical Laboratory Science complete three years of scholarly coursework at Holy Family and do their fourth year in a clinical rotation. The Biology and Chemistry Faculty of Holy Family University are dedicated in theory instruction with applied hands-on experiences that allow for a seamless transition to the clinical year.

Hands-on Learning: Internship placements for clinical rotations allow students to gain technical and professional competency in the field.

Professional Certification: Upon degree completion students are eligible to sit for the Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) examination from the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification (ASCP-BOC) and be certified as Medical Laboratory Scientists.

Program Outcomes

  • The program currently has a 100% first-time pass rate on the ASCP Board of Certification Exam in 2016.
  • 100% of graduates obtain jobs in the field within 6 months of graduation.

What Can You Do With This Major?

A high demand in the field for employees offers rapid advancement, multiple employment opportunities, and competitive salaries.

Graduates with a Medical Laboratory Science degree typically choose hospital or clinic laboratories post-graduation.

However, positions are also available in:

  • Industrial labs
  • Education
  • Medical sales
  • Medical research
  • Forensics
  • Medical administration
  • Cytology and histology laboratories
  • Biotechnology