What does a career in medical laboratory science look like?
Medical laboratory scientists have the best of both worlds: medicine and science. You will perform laboratory tests used to uncover and diagnose diseases. Physicians will rely upon your knowledge and skill and count on you to perform essential patient laboratory tests. In today’s clinical laboratories, areas of scientific exploration include immunology, microbiology, hematology, chemistry and transfusion medicine. All physician-ordered lab tests, from therapeutic drug monitoring to bacterial identification, are performed by medical laboratory scientists. You’ll operate complex electronic equipment, computers and precision instruments and be trained to identify various pathogens and human cells using microscopes and a battery of scientific methods.
According to the Coordinating Council on Clinical Laboratory Workforce:
- 150,000 new technologists are needed by 2014
40 percent of laboratorians will be retiring in the next 10 years
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook:
- Employment of clinical laboratory workers is expected to grow by 14 percent between 2008 and 2018, faster than the average for all occupations. The volume of laboratory tests continues to increase with both population growth and development of new types of laboratory tests. Median annual wages of medical laboratory technologists in May 2008 were $54,500.
The American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) is the preeminent organization representing the clinical/medical laboratory professional.
If you have been thinking about working in healthcare, UVM’s Post baccalaureate Medical Laboratory Science Program can help you achieve your goal.
The Medical Laboratory Science Program at the University of Vermont has a Certificate program for post-baccalaureate students who are interested in becoming eligible to take the certification exam that is required to practice in the profession.
Post Bac MLS Program Highlights
- MLS Certificate Program can be completed in three semesters
- Course selection is based on your unique needs and background
- Individualized advising
- Main campus features a highly ranked medical school and hospital (Level I Trauma Center)
- Burlington region provides a friendly college town atmosphere with access to the Lake, mountains and Montreal.
The UVM Medical Laboratory Science Program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences.
Graduates of the program are eligible to take the certification exam required to practice in the profession. The Medical Laboratory Scientist Exam is offered by the American Society for Clinical Pathology.
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