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 Clinical Laboratory Science Program outcome released to the public each year is placement of graduates in the workforce. An acceptable placement is defined as a graduate who begins working as a Medical Technologist/Medical Laboratory Scientist or who continues with their education. In December 2013 and May 2014, a total of 22 students completed the GRU program. Seventy-seven percent of these graduates reported working as Medical Laboratory Scientists; 76.5 percent of these in Georgia and 23.5 percent out-of-state.
Job OutlookJob 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