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.
Placement of graduates, either in the workforce or pursuing an advanced degree, is
an outcome measured by CLS programs. Eighty-five percent of GRU's 2012 and 2013 CLS
graduates are employed as medical laboratory scientists, 68 percent working in Georgia
and 23 percent 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. (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