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Medical Laboratory Science Training Program

The Mass General Brigham Medical Laboratory Science program trains future laboratory scientists through a rigorous and integrated curriculum, including hands-on didactic instruction, on-site clinical experiences, and online learning.

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Program overview

Instruction in an integrated health system

The Mass General Brigham Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) Training Program is designed to prepare students for a career in the dynamic and ever-evolving field of laboratory medicine.

The Mass General Brigham MLS program trains future laboratory scientists through a rigorous and integrated curriculum, including hands-on didactic instruction, on-site clinical experiences, and online learning. As a student in the program, you will train under highly experienced laboratory professionals employed by Mass General Brigham Clinical Laboratories.     

Students will develop the technical and critical thinking skills required to safety and accurately perform complex laboratory testing applying sophisticated methodology and instrumentation used detect, diagnose, and monitor human disease. Students will also be trained in facets of laboratory operations, including management and quality assurance of laboratory services for all major disciplines in a contemporary clinical laboratory. Upon completion of the program, students will be eligible to sit for the national certification exam by the American Society for Clinical Pathology to become a certified laboratory scientist.  

Graduates of our program will have the competency and experience to perform, develop, evaluate, correlate, and assess the quality and validity of laboratory results, in addition to the ability to lead, troubleshoot, and problem solve in collaboration with members of the health care team.     

The MLS training program is an excellent opportunity to train at the/a #1 hospital in medical research / Harvard-affiliated hospitals / New England’s largest health care system. The Mass General Brigham MLS training program is focused on building the Mass General Brigham system laboratory workforce, with a variety of laboratory career opportunities available at MGB Members and Affiliates upon graduation.  

Mission and vision

The mission of the Mass General Brigham MLS training program is to provide high quality theoretical and clinical education to prepare future medical laboratory scientists with skills, knowledge, and values required of the profession. Training will emphasize professional and ethical behavior needed to function in the clinical laboratory and to become a vital member of a health care team. 

The vision of this program is to sustain a well-trained competent work force dedicated to excellence in the practice of laboratory medicine and committed to patient care. 

Contact us

Contact us

Jennifer Nicoloro, PhD, MLS (ASCP)CM
Program Director
221 Longwood Ave., EBRC 420-421
Boston, MA 02115

Training for a career as a medical laboratory scientist

Medical laboratory scientists (MLS) are critical members of the healthcare team. Medical laboratory scientists, sometimes referred to as clinical laboratory scientists or medical technologists, are qualified by academic and clinical education to provide service and research in the clinical and other laboratories.  

Major areas of the contemporary clinical laboratory include: 

  • Clinical Chemistry
  • Coagulation
  • Hematology
  • Immunology/serology
  • Immunohematology (Blood Bank)
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Diagnostics
  • Toxicology
  • Urinalysis  

Medical laboratory scientists perform, develop, evaluate, correlate and assure the accuracy and validity of laboratory test results. They supervise and direct clinical laboratory operations; educate future laboratory professionals and collaborate with the health care team in the diagnosis and treatment of disease.  

It is estimated that 70% of medical decisions are based on the interpretation of lab results performed by medical laboratory scientists.  

Medical laboratory scientists demonstrate ethical and moral principles necessary for assuring the confidence of healthcare providers, patients, colleagues, and the community.  

Adapted from the “National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) Standards for Accredited and Approved Programs” (rev 5/2021)

Medical laboratory scientists perform complex testing and analysis on biological samples utilizing sophisticated methodologies and instrumentation. Medical laboratory scientists have a wide range of responsibilities, which vary depending on the department of the lab. MLS work in hospitals, ambulatory clinics, research and public health laboratories, biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, veterinary clinicals and more. Training as an MLS opens many opportunities for a fulfilling career with competitive compensation and job stability. There is currently a demand for MLS in many settings, particularly hospital-based laboratories. Graduates of MLS programs in recent years have seen nearly 100% employment in relevant settings upon graduation.