How can we better detect disease and help doctors find the best treatment for their patients? Medical Laboratory Scientists are health care professionals who conduct special diagnostic tests in a lab to help discover the presence or absence of disease and provide important data that physicians use in diagnosing and treating their patients.
The Medical Laboratory Science degree provides a curriculum to train students to practice medical laboratory science in diagnostic laboratories or other health care related settings. Successful completion of the program qualifies the student to sit for certification examinations.
Students declare a Pre-MLS Major and are accepted into the program in their Junior year. Once in the program, students have two semesters of intensive coursework after which they intern in a clinical facility for six months. The program in medical laboratory science is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences. Program graduates are eligible for a national certification examination.
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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of medical laboratory technologists and technicians is expected to grow 22% from 2012-2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. An increase in the aging population will lead to a greater need to diagnose medical conditions through laboratory procedures.
The following are some positions that some of our past MLS graduates are working in:
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