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 safely and accurately perform complex laboratory testing by applying sophisticated methodology and instrumentation used to 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 one of the nation’s most prestigious teaching institutions. 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.
Mass General Brigham is a not-for-profit, integrated health care system in Boston, Massachusetts. Founded by Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital—two of the nation’s leading academic medical centers—Mass General Brigham includes community and specialty hospitals, a managed care organization, a physician network, community health centers, home care and other health related services.
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 the 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 the Mass General Brigham MLS training program is to sustain a well-trained competent workforce dedicated to excellence in the practice of laboratory medicine and committed to patient care.
The education goals of the MLS Program reflect Mass General Brigham’s commitment to education by training, teaching, and educating the next generation of laboratory professionals.
The goals of the MGB MLS Program are as follows:
Provide high-quality instruction in all major laboratory disciplines relevant to the practice of medical laboratory science
Prepare students with the technical skills and theoretical knowledge necessary to function competently in the field of medical laboratory science
Provide an educational environment that fosters curiosity, critical thinking, and academic growth
Develop foundational knowledge of laboratory-related quality control, and foster an appreciation for quality assurance and improvement initiatives impacting daily laboratory operations
Promote ethical behavior as a foundation for leadership and education
Encourage professional curiosity and instill the value of continuing education for growth and maintenance of professional competence
Prepare students to contribute to an interprofessional healthcare team by working collaboratively with other healthcare professionals to improve patient safety and provide patient-centered care
Provide an atmosphere that promotes polite and professional communication between colleagues, patients, and all members of the healthcare team
Prepare graduates to task-switch effectively to meet the demands of typical workforce conditions and provide simulated and real-world experiences that enhance their ability to work under pressure safely and effectively
Prepare medical laboratory science graduates for entry-level positions in the workforce
Provide our community with highly skilled, competent, professional, and ethical medical laboratory scientists
The MGB MLS Program is seeking accreditation through the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).
The Mass General Brigham Medical Laboratory Science Program is recognized as a Serious Applicant for Initial Accreditation.
5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119
Phone: (773) 714-8880
The following outcome measures are tracked and monitored as part of continuous program assessment required for accreditation.
2023 – 2024
Number of Students
NAACLS Benchmark: 70% over 3 consecutive years
NAACLS Benchmark: 70% over 3 consecutive years
BOC Pass Rate***
NAACLS Benchmark: 75% over 3 consecutive years
*Students who began the final half of the program and went on to successfully graduate.
**Graduates who either found employment in the field (for those who seek employment) or continued their education within one year of graduation.
***Graduates who passed the ASCP BOC exam within one year of graduation.