2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
    Mar 31, 2023  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog

Medical Laboratory Science

STEM Designation: This program is STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math)-designated by the Department of Homeland Security. For more information, please see https://www.newhaven.edu/admissions/stem-designated-programs.php

The MS in Medical Laboratory Science graduate program is designed for individuals holding a bachelor of science in biology, chemistry, or a related major and who are not certified medical technologists or medical laboratory scientists but who desire a career in the clinical laboratory sciences. Medical laboratory scientists are trained to work in clinical chemistry, hematology, immunohematology, immunology, and microbiology with various sub-specialties in each of those major areas. Our graduate program of study consists of 52 credits of coursework designed to provide the knowledge and technical skills necessary to qualify an individual for work in a diagnostic clinical laboratory, in research, or in industry. 

Students will complete two years of professional medical laboratory science coursework, spanning all areas of the laboratory. The professional course work includes didactic courses, student laboratory instruction, and clinical experience rotations. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for the ASCP BOC exam to become a board-certified medical laboratory scientist.

Students must complete a a capstone project, which will be developed in MLSC 6651  in the fall of the second year and completed in MLSC 6652  in the spring of the second year. This course provides an opportunity for students to integrate their knowledge and experience into a culminating research project, clinical project, or practical experience. Students will demonstrate connections between concepts and skills encountered in previous health related coursework to their capstone project and experiences. Students are required to complete all clinical courses in their final year of the program with a B or better. This includes MLSC 6631 MLSC 6632 MLSC 6641 , and MLSC 6642 . Students must also complete a comprehensive exam in MLSC 6631  and MLSC 6632  with a grade of 80% or better.

The Medical Laboratory Science program has a goal to prepare competent, entry-level ASCP-certified Medical Laboratory Scientists. NAACLS accreditation requires that the program achieve a 75% ASCP-BOC passage rate and a 70% graduation rate. 


By completing this program, students will:

  1. Demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge & readiness to pass the ASCP certification exam.
  2. Perform practical skills based on entry level competencies in each clinical discipline. 
  3. Demonstrate effective skills in communication, systematic thought, and writing.
  4. Apply positive professional ethics, attitudes, and practices.
  5. Apply research skills applicable to medical laboratory diagnostics and the improvement of patient care. 
  6. Justify a commitment to lifelong learning and professional development.