Clinical Laboratory Science
Clinical Laboratory Scientists, also known as medical laboratory scientists and medical technologists, are credentialed health professionals who are a vital part of the health care team.
Clinical laboratory scientists perform laboratory tests to diagnose and treat disease and maintain health. In hospital settings, they analyze blood, tissues, and body fluids to detect disease. They work with sophisticated computerized equipment such as automated chemistry and hematology analyzers, GLC-Mass spectrophotometers, and thermal cyclers for molecular testing. Clinical laboratory scientists develop and evaluate new procedures, maintain quality assurance, educate health care professionals, and manage the laboratory.
One of the Clinical Laboratory Science Program outcomes, which is communicated yearly
to the public, is placement of graduates in the workforce. An acceptable placement
for a graduate is if they begin working as a Medical Technologist/Medical Laboratory
Scientist (MLS) or continue on with their education. A total of 17 BS-CLS and 9 MHS-CLS
students graduated in August 2012, December 2012, and May 2013. Eighty-five percent
of these graduates reported working as Medical Laboratory Scientists. Of these MLS,
68% were reported to work in the state of Georgia and 22.7% were reported to work
out of state.
Job opportunities for clinical laboratory scientists are excellent, with more openings
than available job seekers. Employment is expected to grow at a faster than average
rate. (source: United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook)
"I would do it all again. I am so thankful I applied to the MHS-CLS program and for our professors who believe in us and work with us to make sure we understand the information not just for the certification exam, but also for our future career."
Lacey Campbell (center), Class of 2013