Pursue a career in the exciting, in-demand field of Medical Laboratory Science.
The Medical Laboratory Science field is growing rapidly and most of our students have multiple job offers even before they graduate. This is because the program instills excellent core competencies plus on-the-job experience in clinical labs.
Medical laboratory scientists are currently in demand across the nation. Graduates of the Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) program at The University of Tennessee Medical Center will find career opportunities in:
Faster-than-average job growth is expected as current medical laboratory scientists retire and as the population ages, increasing the need for skilled laboratory scientists.
The program has an exceptional job placement rate. Since 2007, the UT Medical Center Medical Laboratory Science Program boasts a 100% job placement rate as reported to the accreditation body, NAACLS.
In the last three years, the program has also reported:
The educational experiences during the MLS program are designed to ensure all students are educated and competent to enter the profession of Medical Laboratory Science while demonstrating high ethical and moral standards.
At the completion of the program, students will be able to:
Students experience individualized instruction in the clinical laboratory at UT Medical Center. The state-of-the art laboratory, managed by Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp), is the largest clinical laboratory in the East Tennessee region. With an extensive test menu, the laboratory reports an average of two million billable laboratory tests every year to help diagnose and treat patients in a seventeen-county region in East Tennessee. Students work one-on-one with experienced instructors in the clinical laboratory to gain valuable knowledge and experience performing a wide variety of tests.
Because students work in professional labs during the program, they have on-the-job training before they graduate. Many of our students are offered jobs at these labs, though because the MLS program is highly respected in the industry, students also regularly receive job offers from around the country.
The program helps students prepare the documents needed to apply for jobs, and works with professional organizations to help students market themselves in this growing field.