Medical Laboratory Sciences

Barbara Masten, Director
Medical Laboratory Sciences/Clinical Laboratory Science
The University of New Mexico School of Medicine
Health Sciences and Services Bldg., Rm. 217
MSC09 5250
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
(505) 272-5434

Margaret Alba, DOM, MLS (ASCP)CM, BB (ASCP); University of Texas (El Paso)
Elizabeth Johnson, MS, MLS (ASCP)CM; University of New Mexico
Barbara Masten, Ph.D., MLS (ASCP)CM; Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Martha Sherlin, SM (ASCP); University of Texas (El Paso)
Elena Trabaudo, MLS (ASCP); University of New Mexico


The Medical Laboratory Sciences Program trains students to enter the fast paced world of the Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS)/Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS). This career encompasses clinical testing in the fields of chemistry, hematology, microbiology, immunology, urinalysis, and blood banking. With the significant advances in medical research, health care has become increasingly dependent on a growing number of complex laboratory tests and procedures to diagnose and treat diseases. The MLS/CLS student becomes an important member of the health care team who is responsible for providing this essential service.

The MLS/CLS profession requires a broad general science background and specialized laboratory education to become proficient in the performance of laboratory procedures. After graduation, our students are able to choose from a variety of career paths ranging from management to clinical bench work in a hospital or research laboratory. They are responsible for the quality and accuracy of these lab results, providing critical information for diagnosis and treatment of patients. Our trained professionals find challenging opportunities for employment in hospitals and independent laboratories, physicians’ offices, clinics, research, industry, and educational institutions.


MEDL 121. A Career in Laboratory Science. (1)

MEDL 234. Introduction to Clinical Immunology. (3)

MEDL 300L. Introduction to Medical Laboratory Sciences. (2)

MEDL 310. Introduction to Clinical Chemistry. (3)

MEDL 311L. Introduction to Clinical Chemistry Lab. (2)

MEDL 315L. Clinical Serology. (2)

MEDL 320. Introduction to Clinical Hematology/Hemostasis. (4)

MEDL 321L. Clinical Hematology/Hemostasis Lab. (2)

MEDL 330. Introduction to Clinical Microbiology. (3)

MEDL 331L. Introduction to Clinical Microbiology Lab. (2)

MEDL 340L. Introduction to Clinical Immunohematology. (2)

MEDL 350L. Clinical Urinalysis. (2)

MEDL 351. Basic Clinical Chemistry Rotation. (3)

MEDL 352. Basic Hematology/Hemostasis Rotation. (3)

MEDL 355. Clinical Urinalysis Rotation. (1)

MEDL 410L. Advanced Clinical Chemistry. (3)

MEDL 420L. Advanced Clinical Hematology/Hemostasis. (3)

MEDL 430. Advanced Clinical Microbiology. (3)

MEDL 431L. Advanced Clinical Microbiology Lab. (2)

MEDL 432L. Clinical Parasitology. (2)

MEDL 440L. Advanced Clinical Immunohematology. (2)

MEDL 445. Clinical Management and Education. (2)

MEDL 451. Advanced Clinical Chemistry Rotation. (1)

MEDL 452. Advanced Hematology and Hemostasis Rotation. (2)

MEDL 453. Clinical Microbiology Rotation. (5)

MEDL 454. Clinical Immunohematology Rotation. (4)

MEDL 463. Laboratory Operations and Laboratory Mathematics. (2)

MEDL 498. Research Honors. (1 to a maximum of 3 Δ)

MEDL 499. Special Topics in Medical Laboratory Sciences. (2 to a maximum of 4 Δ)

MEDL 500. Selected Topics in Pathology. (1 to a maximum of 2 Δ)

MEDL 550. Lab Management Seminar: Selected Topics. (1 to a maximum of 2 Δ)

MEDL 600. Clinical Lab Sciences Master's Degree Apprenticeship Program. (1-4 to a maximum of 10 Δ)


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