Medical Laboratory Science Outcomes
ASCP BOC Exam Scores
After completion of the University of Washington Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) Bachelor of Science Program, graduates are eligible to take the national certification examination in Medical Laboratory Science (MLS). Successful completion of the Board of Certification (BOC) exam provides eligibility for employment in clinical laboratories anywhere in the United States.
In addition to ASCP certification, the following states do require state licensure:
The University of Washington MLS Program graduates have consistently performed above the national average on the first attempt at taking the BOC. This is illustrated below by comparing the UW program's first time pass rate and the overall comprehensive scores to the national average for the past five years.
First Time Pass Rate
Mean Scaled Score
Medical Laboratory Scientists are highly sought after professionals because they are a critical part of the healthcare team. Additionally, there is a national shortage of qualified laboratory personnel making employment opportunities for new graduates plentiful. As evidenced below many of the University of Washington MLS Program students are able to secure employment as Medical Laboratory Scientists even before they graduate. On November 16, 2011 CBS Money Watch posted an article, 25 college majors with lowest unemployment rates, and Medical Laboratory Scientist ranked #1 on the list with only 1.4% of students completing this major being unemployed.
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Some of our graduates choose to pursue graduate studies in various disciplines as well, which accounts for the majority of the students not employed as an MLS upon graduation.
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Last updated: 02/04/2019