Medical Laboratory Science - B.S.

Medical laboratory science is a scientific health care discipline in which professionals diagnose, treat, monitor and prevent disease.

Approximately 70 percent of patient medical decisions are based upon the data obtained from laboratory testing performed by medical technologists/medical laboratory scientists.

These professionals are required to perform testing in many disciplines--including microbiology, chemistry, immunology, hematology, immunohematology and molecular biology--with sophisticated biomedical instrumentation and cutting-edge technology.

Technologists conduct pre-analytical, analytical and post-analytical scientific testing of patient specimens. The pre-analytical phase includes selecting the appropriate specimen and tests with the physician. The analytical phase is the actual testing procedure. The post-analytical phase involves reporting and interpretation of laboratory data.

These professionals must be able to evaluate and interpret laboratory results, communicate effectively with other health care professionals and the patient, analyze and improve laboratory services, effectively utilize laboratory resources and perform workforce education. 

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