What is Medical
Laboratory Science (MLS)?
Formally known as medical technologists or
clinical laboratory scientists the medical laboratory scientists is one of the
most important people in medicine. In a single day, a medical laboratory
scientist performs some of the most complex tests on blood, tissue, body fluids
and other samples from many patients. This helps provide doctors with
most of the information they use to treat infections and diagnose cancers and
other diseases. Laboratory testing encompasses such disciplines as
clinical chemistry, hematology, hemostasis, urinalysis immunology,
immunohematology, microbiology, reproductive medicine and molecular
What do Medical
Laboratory Scientists do?
Medical Laboratory Scientists examine and
analyze body fluids, and cells. They look for bacteria, parasites, and other
microorganisms; analyze the chemical content of fluids; match blood for
transfusions; and test for drug levels in the blood that show how a patient is
responding to treatment. Technologists also prepare specimens for examination,
count cells, and look for abnormal cells in blood and body fluids. They use
microscopes, cell counters, and other high-tech laboratory equipment. They also
use automated equipment and computerized instruments to test specimens. After
testing and examining a specimen, they analyze the results and relay them to
Why is Medical
Laboratory Science important?
Research has shown that at least 70% of all
medical decisions rely on some sort of laboratory data. As a laboratory
professional, you play a huge role in the processing and analysis of laboratory
samples. In turn, you largely influence the reliability and credibility of
laboratory data as well as the accuracy of patient diagnoses and the quality of
care that patients receive.
For a quick look at the
UNF MLS experience CLICK HERE
Each spring we accept one cohort with the
maximum capacity of 20 students. The number is determined based on the
number clinical affiliates we have available and to ensure the learning
experience is hands on between student and faculty. Each spring the
students will begin with courses to prepare students for their clinical rotations
and continue through summer. The clinical experience starts in the fall
and continues through spring. Students who begin this program in spring
will complete the coursework and internship experience by the following spring.
This is a full time program and courses must be taken in the sequence
listed on the Osprey Map under the 4 year course of study on this website.
Applicants should have a clear understanding of the training program and
the career before making a commitment to this program.
Undergraduate students who have completed the necessary
prerequisites are ideal candidates for this program.
International Students due to federal regulations we are unable
to accept international students that are not US Citizens. The federal
government only allows one distance learning course per year. If you have
questions regarding this policy please contact the UNF International Center.
students who have a degree
in Biology or Chemistry and have completed the necessary prerequisites will
also be acceptable candidates for this program. Please note if you
already have a degree in biology you will have to apply to the certificate in
Medical Laboratory Science. The certificate program is not eligible to
receive financial aid.
YES! The Medical Laboratory Science program at
the University of North Florida is fully accredited by the National Accrediting
Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS). NAACLS can be contacted
NAACLS 5600 N River Road Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018
Class of 2013
Class of 2014
Class of 2015
What courses will I take as an MLS student? Course of study
Will I be able to perform the essential functions of a
medical laboratory scientist? Essential Functions pdf
MLS Handbook – pdf
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