Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) Post-BS Professional Certificate


Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) Post-BS Professional Certificate

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Medical Laboratory Science, also known as medical technology or clinical laboratory science, is a nationally recognized allied health field. Medical laboratory scientists are key members of the health care team who contribute to the practice of diagnostic medicine. Working in clinical pathology laboratories, the medical laboratory scientist performs a wide range of analytical tests to identify a variety of disease processes, including anemia, leukemia, infection, cardiac disorders and cancer. Certified medical laboratory scientists are skilled in a large number of techniques, including molecular diagnostic testing, that allow for medical diagnosis, determination of therapeutic drug levels, identification of infectious agents, and safe transfusion practices.

The UCCS MLS Program is offered through the Colorado Center for Medical Laboratory Science (CCMLS), a program of Metropolitan State University of Denver. CCMLS is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS). CCMLS provides the didactic, student laboratory and clinical coursework needed to complete the professional certificate requirements. Clinical courses occur in the clinical partner laboratories of CCMLS. Clinical affiliates at Centura Penrose St. Francis Health Services and UCHealth Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs provide an opportunity for UCCS-CCMLS students to be assigned to clinical coursework in the Colorado Springs area.

The professional curriculum consists of:

  1. 7 months of didactic and student laboratory coursework in the CCMLS teaching facilities located in the Denver-metro area.
  2. 5 months of clinical coursework in the CCMLS affiliated clinical laboratories located in the Denver metro area and the northern and southern Front Range corridors.

Students attend the didactic and student laboratory portion of the curriculum at CCMLS. Our material is presented so that the lectures can be directly applied and practiced in our student laboratory. We use a combination of testing methods to ensure students have mastered the lecture material as well as completed certain targeted tasks, called competencies, to allow progression to the clinical portion of the curriculum. Students will spend the Summer and Fall semesters mastering material in many courses including, Clinical Chemistry, Hematology, Microbiology, and Blood Banking.

During clinical coursework, students will be active participants in clinical laboratories throughout the community. This portion of the curriculum is designed for students to receive hands-on experience working in the clinical laboratory while applying what they learned during the previous portions of the curriculum. Experiences include rotations in Chemistry, Hematology, Microbiology, Molecular Diagnostics, and Blood Bank.

Upon successful completion of the professional curriculum in medical laboratory science graduates are eligible to sit for the national board of certification exam offered through the American Society for Clinical Pathology.

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