Health Sciences - Medical Laboratory Science Program
Holloway Hall

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An almost limitless number of chemicals can be found in humans and animals, and during the study of clinical biochemistry students learn how to detect, analyze and quantify many of those chemicals associated with health, disease, injury and infection. Some determinations are routine such as measuring blood glucose to detect or monitor diabetes and separating "good" and "bad" cholesterol to determine the risk of heart disease. More specialized testing techniques are those required to measure blood alcohol or to detect small amounts of illicit drugs. Clinical chemists must not only know how to perform and troubleshoot sophisticated analytical techniques but they also must be able to correlate specific patterns of results with health and disease in order to insure that only quality data is reported to other professionals such as patient care providers, law enforcement officials and veterinarians.