Medical Laboratory Sciences

What is Medical Laboratory Science (MLS)?

Formally known as medical technologists or clinical laboratory scientists the medical laboratory scientists is one of the most important people in medicine.  In a single day, a medical laboratory scientist performs some of the most complex tests on blood, tissue, body fluids and other samples from many patients.  This helps provide doctors with most of the information they use to treat infections and diagnose cancers and other diseases.  Laboratory testing encompasses such disciplines as clinical chemistry, hematology, hemostasis, urinalysis immunology, immunohematology, microbiology, reproductive medicine and molecular diagnostics.


What do Medical Laboratory Scientists do?  

Medical Laboratory Scientists examine and analyze body fluids, and cells. They look for bacteria, parasites, and other microorganisms; analyze the chemical content of fluids; match blood for transfusions; and test for drug levels in the blood that show how a patient is responding to treatment. Technologists also prepare specimens for examination, count cells, and look for abnormal cells in blood and body fluids. They use microscopes, cell counters, and other high-tech laboratory equipment. They also use automated equipment and computerized instruments to test specimens. After testing and examining a specimen, they analyze the results and relay them to physicians. 


Why is Medical Laboratory Science important?  

Research has shown that at least 70% of all medical decisions rely on some sort of laboratory data. As a laboratory professional, you play a huge role in the processing and analysis of laboratory samples. In turn, you largely influence the reliability and credibility of laboratory data as well as the accuracy of patient diagnoses and the quality of care that patients receive.

 The deadline for application for the Spring 2017 cohort will be NOVEMBER 7, 2016.  For more questions about the program please contact Elaine Staley in the Department of Biology.


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