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The BAS in medical laboratory sciences is designed to provide the academic knowledge and professional skills that allow students to advance their employment opportunities within the fields of medical technology, cytology, clinical laboratory science and related areas.
Medical laboratory scientists, also known as clinical laboratory scientists, are highly skilled professionals who perform analytical tests on blood, tissue and body fluids to provide laboratory information for the detection, diagnosis and treatment of human diseases. There also is a growing trend for medical laboratory scientists to perform wellness laboratory testing aimed at preventing disease. They work independently and have skills and knowledge that are greater in depth and breadth compared to medical laboratory technicians, who typically are graduates of a two-year or community college program.
From 2016 to 2018, the program has achieved a 98 percent graduation rate, a 92 percent job placement rate and a 78 percent pass rate on national certification examinations.
The program is accredited by NAACLS (National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science, 5600 N. River Rd, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL, 60018, www.naacls.org).
Applied Science (Medical Laboratory Science) (BAS)
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The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 13,000 new laboratory professionals will be needed in the United States each year; however, current training programs graduate only 5,000 students each year. The majority of medical laboratory scientists and technologists work in hospital laboratories. Others work in independent laboratories, reference laboratories, clinics, health maintenance organizations, public health agencies, pharmaceutical firms, research institutions, scientific equipment companies, physicians' offices and as teachers in college clinical laboratory science programs. The working environment is as varied as the types of practice in which medical laboratory scientists are engaged.
Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:
|Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists||14%||$59,430|
|Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists||8.3%||$79,930|
* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).