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Fast Facts

  • Program established in 1972
  • Graduation rate of 99%
  • ASCP Board Certification pass rate of 90%

UNM Class Ethnicity

  • 51% Anglo
  • 21% Hispanic
  • 15% Native American
  • 1% African American

According to Jobs Rated Almanac, by Les Krantz, Clinical Laboratory Science ranked 16th among 250 jobs and 3rd among 32 health-related occupations.


  • 85% of our students were hired within 6 months of graduation in 2014-2017
  • 95% of our students from the past 5 years are still working in the Medical Laboratory Science field. Furthermore: 81% took their first job in New Mexico; with 64% in Albuquerque and 14% with the Indian Health Service.

Other Career Opportunities

  • Medical Research
  • Environmental Testing
  • DNA/RNA Analyses
  • Information Systems in Health Areas
  • Design/Develop/Repair Lab Equipment
  • City, State, National Crime Labs
  • Pharmaceutical Quality Control
  • Paternity Testing Labs
  • Cytogenetics Laboratories
  • Insurance Testing Labs

Interdisciplinary Health Care For Rural Areas Training Program

Training health related professionals through the years has been done in many instances in isolated situations. As these professionals complete education requirements and move into the "real world", they are expected to work with, understand, and cooperate with other health professions. Through the interdisciplinary training program, the students gain understanding and appreciation for the expertise each health discipline, including Medical Laboratory Clinicians, bring to solving health problems.

Utilizing the problem-based, community oriented curriculum, teams of health professional students will experience a learner motivated approach to problem solving. This experience will be extended to the rural setting and continue through clinical rotations with UNM faculty and rural preceptors.

Medical Laboratory Science students are in the 3rd or 4th year of college and are entering their clinical training when they are asked to participate in this program. Students may participate in the Interdisciplinary Training Program that includes spending 8 weeks at a rural site, which will count as part of their 20 week clinical requirements for graduation.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much will I earn?

Entry-level salary for clinical laboratory scientists in Albuquerque is up to $40,000/year. Many other states are much higher for entry level.

Will I find a job when I graduate?

YES!! Right now, one out of every ten positions in clinical laboratories is vacant. A severe shortage of qualified clinical lab personnel is developing. And with a number of accredited programs closing during the past ten years, fewer graduates are entering the field. Many medical lab scientists are approaching retirement which will create additional vacancies. And remember - several biotechnology firms preferentially hire an MLS because they already have the laboratory skills necessary for performing common research tasks.

How long will it take?

You can complete a B.S. in Medical Laboratory Sciences at The University of New Mexico in four years of full-time study. This includes 2 ½ years of pre-requisites and 1 ½ years for completion of the MLS program.Go to the curriculum page to view the details.

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For more information contact: Rosalia De Leon