Medical Laboratory Science



Faculty: Professor Sperry, chair; Clinical Professor Paquette, director of graduate studies. Professors Boulmetis and Goldsmith; Associate Professors Norris and Rivero-Hudec; Research Professors A. DeGroot, L. DeGroot, and Rothman; Assistant Research Professor Moise; Clinical Associate Professors Bozzi, Klitz, and Uhnak; Adjunct Professors Mehta, Mello, Pisharodi, and Vezza; Adjunct Associate Professors Balkovic, Opal, and Tantravahi; Adjunct Assistant Professors Aucoin, Cadenazzi, Gamble, Heelan, Kenney, LaFazia, Mayer, Meglio, and Zielinski; Professors Emeriti Campbell, and Laux.


Major specializations in biotechnology, cytopathology, medical laboratory sciences, and public health laboratory sciences; minor specializations in adult education and management.

Master of Science

Admission requirements: GRE recommended; bachelor’s degree in medical laboratory sciences, life sciences, physical sciences, or health sciences (for cytopathology, must include 20 semester hours of biological science [anatomy and physiology are recommended] and eight semester hours of chemistry); certification, or certification eligibility, by a nationally recognized certifying agency, or a minimum of one year’s postbaccalaureate laboratory experience. One course in statistics is required. Applicants with deficiencies in background courses may be required to complete appropriate course work without graduate credit. Acceptance into the cytopathology specialization is contingent upon acceptance into the Rhode Island School of Cytotechnology.

Program requirements: MLS 510, 512, 513, and 551 (or BIO 437, MIC 534 and 538, MLS 520, 590, 591, and 594 for cytopathology), and nine to 24 credits in the area of specialization (for biotechnology: nine credits from BIO 437, MIC 422 and 534, and MLS 501, 541, 571, and 594; for cytopathogy: MLS 561 through 566; for medical laboratory sciences: nine credits from BIO 437, MIC 534 and 538, MLS 501, 502, 520, 530, 541, 543, and 591; for public health laboratory sciences: nine credits from MIC 534 and 538, MLS 501, 541, 591, and 594). The remainder of courses are to be selected from education, management, or other specializations for a total of 33 credits (39 credits for cytopathology). Comprehensive written examination. Major research paper (MLS 512).

The following are recommended for a minor specialization in management: PHP 680 and two graduate MBA courses selected in consultation with your major professor. The following are recommended for a minor specialization in adult education: four courses selected from EDC 505, 529, 582, 583, and 584.