Through the use of precision instrumentation, clinical laboratory scientists (also known as medical laboratory scientists and medical technologists) analyze blood, tissue, cells, and other body fluids to provide data critical to the diagnosis and treatment of diseases. They work closely with pathologists, other physicians, and other laboratory professionals who specialize in clinical chemistry, microbiology, and other biological sciences.
This 120-credit program consists of two phases of study.
*Students need permission to register for BIOL 250 from the chairperson of the Biology Department in 143 Weyandt.
Students begin the clinical application process the second semester of their sophomore year.
Students may need to register for BIOL 364 in their sophomore year with special permission from the chairperson of the Biology Department.
MEDT courses are taught off campus for one calendar year at an affiliate School of Medical Technology/Clinical Laboratory Science.
Non-western culture course: one required; may be fulfilled with a Social Science or Liberal Studies elective.
Synthesis course: not required
Writing Intensive Course: one course required; may be fulfilled with certain sections of courses that fulfill some graduation requirement categories.
The class BIOL 263 Genetics is highly recommended and may also fulfill the writing intensive requirement.
Students may be eligible to earn minors in both biology and chemistry.
There is a critical shortage of clinical laboratory scientists, and the need is projected to intensify over the next several years. Graduates are aggressively recruited and enjoy a 100 percent placement rate. Clinical laboratory scientists are most often employed in hospital laboratories, but they may also find positions in laboratories located in pharmaceutical companies, the cosmetic and food industry, and in crime labs.
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