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If you're interested in health care, laboratory work, producing and using scientific data, analytical problem solving, then Medical Laboratory Science may be the career for you.
The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine offers a bachelor's degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences through an affiliation with Allen College in Waterloo, Iowa. The program provides patient-centered educational opportunities, with theoretical knowledge and practical experience in hematology, clinical chemistry, microbiology, immunohematology, immunology, endocrinology and molecular diagnostics. Students can enroll in the program as the final year of a bachelor’s degree or as an additional year following receipt of a bachelor’s degree.
Features of the Program
Applying to the Program
Students should apply to the Medical Laboratory Sciences Program at Allen College by December of their junior year. Contact Allen College for specific information as to prerequisite coursework and financial aid available.
Successful program participants also possess the following personal abilities
The Clinical Year
Students seeking entry into the Medical Laboratory Sciences Program should take three or more years of prerequisite coursework at the University of Iowa or another college. Following application in December of the junior year, accepted students start the clinical year in late August following the junior year at which this students will complete coursework via web-based, streaming-video lectures from Allen College faculty. Clinical rotations will begin in late November at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The program emphasizes laboratory principles and procedures, clinical significance and application, principles and practice of quality assurance, principles of laboratory management and supervision, safety, instructional methods, and computer applications.
Students complete the clinical year in late July. They will receive academic credit from Allen College, a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. Graduates are eligible to take the national certification examination from the American Society for Clinical Pathology. The Allen College MLS program is fully accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences:
National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
5600 N. River Rd.
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119
Fax: (773) 714-8886
MLS graduates are well qualified to work in health care, research, or industry; in hospital or clinic laboratories, and in doctors' offices, private clinical laboratories, or the armed services.
MLS graduates can use their degrees as building blocks to careers that require MS, PhD, MD, DDS, MBA, or other advanced degrees.
In a clinical laboratory setting, clinical laboratory scientists may
Some alternative job options include:
These jobs are found in various settings including hospitals, research facilities, private industry, public health, pharmaceutical companies, and educational programs.
To receive additional information and specific course requirements contact:
Medical Laboratory Sciences Program
Judith Kittleson, MT(ASCP)Site CoordinatorDepartment of Pathology145A Medical Research CenterIowa City, IA 52242-1009