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Medical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology

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Academic Information: -  top

What is Medical Laboratory Science?  top

Medical laboratory science (MLS) is a branch of medicine dealing with laboratory analyses used in the diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of disease as well health maintenance. Successful MLS students generally like science and laboratory work. They love solving the diagnostic puzzle, and many incorporate additional science courses into their studies to allow for admission into a variety of graduate schools including medicine, forensics and pharmacy. If you have ever been fascinated by what you saw looking through a microscope, what you watched happen in a test tube or what you found growing in Petri dish, this major could be for you.

Career opportunities for MLS graduates are expanding and the job market is good. Think of how many medical laboratory procedures are now standard protocol: cholesterol testing, drug screening, DNA analysis, microbiological cultures, etc. As the population in the U.S. ages and the capabilities of medical laboratories expand, there is no end in sight for increased demand for medical laboratory services.

Career Information  -  top

Possible/Typical Job Titles -  top

  • *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

*Denotes additional education required

Typical Places of Employment -  top

  • Animal Clinics
  • Blood Banks
  • Bioengineering Companies
  • Biotech Labs
  • Bioterrorism Labs
  • Business
  • Clinics
  • Crime labs
  • Federal Government Agencies
  • Forensic Laboratories
  • Maryland State Crime Lab
  • Johns Hopkins Laboratories
  • Duke University Medical Center
  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital
  • Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Hospital laboratories
  • Molecular diagnostics lab
  • Nursing homes
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Physician's offices
  • Public health departments
  • Quality Assurance Management Offices
  • Research facilities
  • Private Industry
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Mayo Clinic Laboratories
  • Abbott Laboratories
  • Association of Public Health Laboratories
  • Sysmex (diagnostics system manufacturer)
  • Mid-American Laboratories

Required Skills and Abilities  -  top

  • 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  -  top

(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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