Students interested in a career in the Lab Sciences should know the following:
Laboratory science professionals are vital healthcare detectives, uncovering and providing information from laboratory analyses that assist physicians in patient diagnosis and treatment, as well as in disease monitoring or prevention.
Laboratory science professionals generate accurate laboratory data that are needed to aid in detecting cancer, heart attacks, diabetes, infectious mononucleosis, and identification of bacteria or viruses that cause infections, as well as in detecting drugs of abuse. In addition, we monitor testing quality and consult with other members of the healthcare team.
The laboratory science profession has more than one career track based on level of education:
Medical laboratory technicians (MLT) are competent in the collection, processing and analysis of biological specimens, the performance of lab procedures, the maintenance of instruments, and relating lab findings to common diseases/conditions.
Clinical laboratory scientists (CLS) have a more extensive theoretical knowledge base. Therefore they not only perform laboratory procedures including very sophisticated analyses, but also evaluate/interpret the results, integrate data, problem solve, consult, conduct research and develop new test methods.
Clinical Genetic Molecular Biology Scientist (CGMBS) have an extensive theoretical background and significant training in genetic and biological sciences as appropriate for diagnosis and analysis of human genetic material.