About the Profession
Students who graduate from this program will practice as Medical Laboratory Scientists (also known as Medical Technologists or Clinical Laboratory Scientists). They will obtain the skills necessary for employment in related areas such as laboratory and pharmaceutical sales; quality assurance in various industries (i.e., food, beverage, chemical plants, milling, plastics); in-office laboratory consulting; toxicology, research, and veterinary medicine. Medical Laboratory/ Clinical Laboratory Science is also an excellent undergraduate degree for students planning to attend medical school.
Clinical laboratory professionals perform, develop, evaluate, correlate and assure accuracy and validity of laboratory information; direct and supervise clinical laboratory resources and operations; and collaborate in the diagnosis and treatment of patients. They have diverse and multi-level functions in the areas of analysis and clinical decision-making, information management, regulatory compliance, education, and quality assurance/ performance improvement wherever laboratory testing is researched, developed or performed.
These medical professionals perform tests independently and collaboratively, being responsible for their own actions. They have the requisite knowledge and skills to educate laboratory professionals, other health care professionals, and the general public.