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Medical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology

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Academic Information:

What is Medical Laboratory Science?

Medical Laboratory Science is a branch of medicine dealing with laboratory analyses used in the diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment of disease as well as in the maintenance of health. Medical Laboratory Scientists, also called clinical laboratory scientists or medical technologists, are nationally recognized as individuals possessing a baccalaureate degree who have received education and clinical training (via internships) in chemical and biological testing related to health and human disease. Designed to follow prerequisite courses in basic science areas such as biology and chemistry, professional courses in Medical Laboratory Science programs are upper level baccalaureate courses and clinical training experiences. Following completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take national certification examinations which are necessary for employment in the most clinical laboratory settings.

Career Information

Possible Job Titles

  • *Administrator, HMO
  • Biological researcher
  • *Biostatistician
  • Bacteriologist
  • *Biochemist
  • Chemist
  • Clinical Laboratory Scientist
  • *Cytotechnologist
  • *Data analyst
  • *Dental hygienist
  • *Dentist
  • Educator
  • Environmental Health Scientist
  • *Epidemiologist
  • Flow Cytometry Scientist
  • *Forensic Scientist
  • *Food and drug inspector
  • *Genetic engineer
  • *Health policy consultant
  • Hematologist
  • *Histology Technologist
  • Hospital Administrator
  • Hospital or Laboratory Information
  • Systems Coordinator
  • Immunologist
  • Infection Control Officer
  • *Industrial hygienist
  • Laboratory Administrator
  • *Medical librarian
  • Medical illustrator
  • Medical Laboratory Technologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Molecular biologist
  • *Nuclear Medicine Technologist
  • *Optometrist
  • *Parasitologist
  • *Pharmacist
  • *Pharmacologist
  • *Physiologist
  • *Physician
  • Phlebotomist
  • Point of Care Laboratory Testing Coordinator
  • *Professor
  • Program Director
  • Section Supervisor
  • *Toxicologist
  • *Veterinarian
  • *Zoologist

Typical Places of Employment

  • Animal Clinics
  • Blood Banks
  • Bioengineering Companies
  • Biotech Labs
  • Bioterrorism Labs
  • Business
  • Clinics
  • Crime labs
  • Federal Government Agencies
  • Forensic Laboratories
  • Hospital laboratories
  • Molecular diagnostics lab
  • Nursing homes
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Physician's offices
  • Public health departments
  • Quality Assurance Management Offices
  • Research facilities
  • Private Industry

Required Skills and Abilities

  • Recording and reporting test results
  • Modifying testing procedures
  • Testing and evaluating samples
  • Providing leadership
  • Using the latest technology and equipment
  • Drug testing
  • Quality control and quality assurance analysis
  • Set up and interpretation of microbiological cultures
  • Organizing and supervising lab operations
  • Assisting physicians during care, diagnosis, and treatment
  • Microscopy of blood, body fluids and microorganisms
  • Manual and automated biochemical analysis of human specimens
  • Blood transfusion services- cross matching, identifying compatible blood
  • Automated cell counting and sorting

Alumni Resources 

(Listed below are examples of SU Alumni and their Jobs in this major-For more alumni resources, go to Mentor Network)





Sharon Arbeene 1983 Applications Scientist Beckman Coulter, INC
Brooke Landing 2005 Histotechnologist St. Francis Hospital
Kimberly Miles 2006 Clinical Laboratory Scientist Johns Hopkins Hospital
Meghan Smith 2004 Medical Technologist PRMC

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