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2024/25 Combined UM UMM Undergraduate Catalog 
2024/25 Combined UM UMM Undergraduate Catalog

Medical Laboratory Sciences

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Minimum number of credits required to graduate: 120

Minimum Cumulative GPA required to graduate: 2.5

Minimum Grade requirements for courses to count toward major: None.

Other GPA requirements to graduate: Medical Laboratory Sciences majors require a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA in science and math courses required for their major to be considered for admission to the practicum at Eastern Maine Medical Center, Cleveland Clinic, or most other hospitals in their senior year.

Required Course(s) for fulfilling Capstone Experience: BMB 426  

Contact Information: Edward Bernard, Program Coordinator, Molecular & Biomedical Sciences, edward.bernard@maine.edu,207-581-2804

Students in Medical Laboratory Sciences (Medical Technology) prepare to become medical laboratory scientists who work in the laboratory/diagnostic sector of the health professions industry and in research laboratories. Graduates have high levels of employment and can work across the United States. Medical laboratory sciences students are on campus for three academic years and then spend their senior year in a ten to twelve-month practicum at an accredited school of Medical Laboratory Sciences in a medical center. While students are studying at their practicum location, they follow the policies and procedures for the practicum institution.  Students are required to cover all costs associated with attending the practicum.  The University of Maine is affiliated with the School of Medical Laboratory Sciences at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, ME, Vanderbilt Universtiy Medical Center in Nashville, TN, and the Clinical Laboratory Scientist program at New York Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, NY. Juniors in the Medical Laboratory Sciences program apply directly to the practicum programs at our affiliated schools or other accredited programs for admission to the practicum. Obtaining admission to medical facilities offering a practicum is a competitive process and a student must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 overall and 2.5 in science and math courses to be considered for admission to most practicum programs. Completing coursework at the University of Maine does not guarantee a position in a practicum.  For enrollment in a practicum program, students must successfully undergo a health check, a criminal background check and a drug test at some practicum schools.  After completing the practicum, students are eligible to take the national accreditation examination administered by the American Society of Clinical Pathology.

For the BS in Medical Laboratory Sciences, a minimum grade of “C” is required in BIO 100 and BIO 208. Other required courses in the major have minimum required grades for pre-requisite courses. 

Students majoring in Medical Laboratory Sciences must earn a score of 4 or 5 in order to receive advanced placement credit for BIO 100.

Specific Requirements

Students may earn the BS in Medical Laboratory Sciences by completing the curriculum outlined as follows. A minimum of 16 credits of chemistry is required by the National Accrediting Agency for Medical Laboratory Science. The senior year practicum meets the requirement for the General Education Capstone Experience and Writing Intensive in the major.

Curriculum for the B.S. in Medical Laboratory Sciences

Courses are arranged in the recommended sequence according to their prerequisites. See the Coordinator of the Medical Laboratory Sciences Program for variations in the order of the courses.

First Year - Second Semester

Second Year - First Semester

Second Year - Second Semester

Third Year - First Semester

Third Year - Second Semester

Fourth Year

Students must have completed all of the above course work, all of their General Education requirements, and have earned 88 credit hours before starting their practicum.  Fourth year is a practicum in Medical Laboratory Sciences at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center , Cleveland Clinic, New York Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital or other accredited program.  Practicums typically start in the summer and run 10 to 12 months.  Students will graduate in August of the year following the start of their practicum. Credits: 32

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