Information About the Profession

Clinical laboratory scientists (medical technologists) conduct laboratory tests on patient samples to provide information needed to diagnose or monitor treatment. Examples of common laboratory tests include tests to detect anemia, diagnose diabetes or strep throat, or provide a transfusion to an accident victim.

Professional Duties include:
-Operate computerized instruments
-Identify abnormal cells
-Assure safe transfusion of blood products
-Culture and identify bacteria and viruses
-Correlate test results with patient condition
-Select and evaluate lab equipment
-Select, orient, and evaluate employees
-Monitor the quality of testing

Consider this profession if you:
-Have a strong interest in science
-Want a career in health care with minimal patient contact
-Like challenge and responsibility
-Like to solve problems
-Are a team player
-Work well under pressure
-Are self motivated
-Enjoy working with computers

The program at ECU consists of two years of pre-professional study including four semesters or chemistry and three semesters of biology as well as completion of foundations curriculum requirements. The professional phase consists of three semesters (Fall, Spring, and Summer School) of lectures and student laboratories in the four major disciplines of hematology, clinical chemistry, microbiology and immunohematology.

The CLS program is five semesters in length and includes courses in the four major disciplines within clinical laboratory science - hematology, clinical chemistry, microbiology, and immunohematology. During the senior year, students spend most of their time in a clinical laboratory setting. Additional classes in management, education, research and special topics are taken on campus.

At the completion of this nationally accredited program, students earn a BS degree and are eligible for national certification. ECU CLS graduates had a 100% first-time pass rate on the ASCP national certification exam between 2011–2014.

Accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119.

Further information on this profession may also be obtained by taking CLSC 2000 - Introduction to Clinical Laboratory Science as an elective.


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