Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS) - NIU - School of Allied Health & Communicative Disorders

Medical Laboratory Sciences

Medical Laboratory Sciences
DuSable Hall 159, DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: (815) 753-1382
Fax: (815) 753-1653
Email: mls@niu.edu

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Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS)

The profession of Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS), formerly known as Clinical Laboratory Science (CLS) and Medical Technology (MT), provides invaluable information through the performance and evaluation of scientific analysis of blood, other body fluids and tissues in a clinical (most often, medical) laboratory. The program is committed to fulfilling the goals set forth by the MLS Mission Statement.

Medical Laboratory Science, is a creative, science-based profession that is critical to the maintenance of health and to the diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring of disease. It combines the challenges and rewards of both medicine and science. The profession attracts women and men who have an interest and aptitude in science and mathematics, who exhibit caring for others, and who wish to assume full responsibility for their work. Medical Laboratory Scientists are able to think logically and work accurately, quickly, and calmly under pressure. Their analytical expertise and interpretative assistance makes them vital team members as they interact with physicians, nurses, other health care professionals, and patients and their families toward good health.

The MLS Program at NIU has a >90% pass rate on the BOC exam and >90% employment rate as an MLS upon graduating from the program.  Graduates of the MLS program are strongly encouraged to sit for the ASCP BOC MLS exam.

MLS Facilities

MLS dedicated classroom: DuSable 167
MLS student laboratory: DuSable 155

Accreditation:

The Medical Laboratory Sciences Program at NIU is accredited by:

The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
5600 N River Rd, Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018
Phone: 773-714-8880