School of Medical Laboratory Science - Outcomes and Career Outlook

Program Outcomes

In the past ten years, the program has had a 100% graduation rate, zero % attrition rate and the graduates have been 100% successful in finding laboratory positions at competitive salaries. In addition, the pass rate for the ASCP Board of Certification Exam for our graduates of the past three classes is 100%.

Career Outlook

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the profession is projected to have a 22% increase in employment from 2012-2022, twice that of all other occupations. Students typically receive one or two job offers in their final semester while doing their clinical internships. Currently there is a shortage in many parts of the United States meaning greater job security and employment at higher salaries for graduates.

The salary for laboratory professionals varies according to their level and geographic location. According to the ASCP 2013 Wage Survey of Clinical Laboratories in the United States, the national average is $64,440 per year for medical laboratory scientists and $77,113 per year at the supervisory level. Salaries are higher for those who become managers or lab directors. Although most medical laboratory scientists are employed in a hospital setting, the knowledge and skills of the medical laboratory scientist are valued by other employers such as those in research, forensics, physician office laboratories, veterinary laboratories, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology companies, other industries and sales and service of laboratory equipment and supplies.