About the Profession

Graduates of this program will be able to work as Medical Laboratory Scientists (also known as Medical Technologists or Clinical Laboratory Scientists). Upon completion of this program, students will be prepared for employment in related areas such as laboratory and pharmaceutical sales; quality assurance in various industries (e.g., food, beverage, chemical plants, milling, plastics); in-office laboratory consulting; and toxicology, research, and veterinary medicine. For students planning to attend medical school, Medical Laboratory is also an excellent undergraduate degree.

A medical laboratory professional performs, develops, evaluates, correlates and assures the accuracy and validity of laboratory information; directs and supervises clinical laboratory resources and operations; and collaborates in diagnosis and treatment of patients. As part of the laboratory testing research, development, or performance process, they perform multiple functions that include analysis and clinical decision making, information management, regulatory compliance, education, and quality assurance/performance improvement.

The medical professionals carry out tests independently and collaboratively, each being responsible for their own actions. They possess the knowledge and skills necessary to educate laboratory professionals, others in the health care field, and the general public.

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