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Medical Laboratory Sciences Certificate Program

Medical laboratory Sciences is a clinical laboratory profession that involves the analysis of blood and other body fluids using techniques in Microbiology, Biochemistry, Hematology, Immunology and other disciplines. Medical Laboratory Scientists are essential members of the healthcare team who assist in the selection of appropriate laboratory analyses to diagnose human disease, determine optimal therapy and monitor the progress of treatment.



The Medical Laboratory Sciences Certificate program is open to individuals who possess a bachelor's degree in Biology, Chemistry, Molecular and Cell Biology, or a related subject area and have completed the appropriate prerequisite courses

Prospective students are accepted and reviewed on a rolling, space available basis. However to increase chances for acceptance into the program, it is suggested that applications be completed by February 1 for a start date of January of the following year.

To be competitive, applicants should have a total GPA of 3.0 or better. 

The Certificate Program starts in the Spring semester. 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

The one and a half year program includes two semesters and a summer session at the Storrs campus followed by a semester of  clinical practicum at one of several clinical sites throughout the state.  

The first two semesters and summer session are spent in “student lab” in lecture and laboratory.

The final semester is spent in a licensed clinical laboratory working one-on-one with a practicing technologist.

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


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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