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Overview Admissions Program Outcomes Essential Program Requirements

Undergraduate Major - Overview

Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS) is a major offered by the Department of Allied Health Sciences for UConn students in their junior and senior years. You will apply in the spring semester of your sophomore year as part of a competitive application process. The program is limited to a maximum of 24 students each year (combined undergraduate and certificate program admissions).

Over the course of four semesters and a summer session, you will complete both didactic and clinical laboratory training. Your didactic coursework will cover seven major areas of study:

  • Clinical Chemistry – The biochemical analysis of blood and body fluids for the detection of disease including the operation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of laboratory instrumentation.
  • Clinical Immunology – The study of immune responses in normal and diseased states including the detection of antigens and antibodies in blood and body fluids in infectious and auto-immune diseases.
  • Clinical Microbiology – The isolation and identification of normal flora and clinically significant bacteria, fungi, parasites, and viruses, including anti-microbial susceptibility testing.
  • Diagnostic Molecular Technologies – DNA and RNA technologies used in clinical settings, including cancer management, transplantation, infectious disease, and genetic disorder diagnosis.
  • Hematology – The study of hemostasis and blood cell formation and function, including the diagnosis of coagulation disorders, anemias, leukemias, and lymphomas.
  • Transfusion Services – Evaluation of laboratory results for selection of blood components for therapy, including human blood groups, HLA antigens, and compatibility testing and donor selection.
  • Urinalysis – The chemical and microscopic examination of urine for the detection of disease.

In the final portion of the program, you will complete a clinical rotation at one of several clinical affiliates throughout Connecticut where you will work one-on-one with a practicing technologist in a licensed clinical laboratory. Upon graduation, you will be eligible to sit for the certification exam in Medical Laboratory Sciences offered by the Board of Certification of the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).

See the sample sequence of courses for additional information about program requirements.