Medical laboratory science is a vast and dynamic field where highly educated and trained scientists perform analyses and interpret results in the clinical laboratory and related fields. The medical laboratory scientist receives didactic instruction and practical experience in clinical chemistry, toxicology, hematology, immunohematology, immunology, hemostasis, microbiology, and body fluid analyses. Employment opportunities include hospital laboratories, research and reference laboratories, universities, veterinary laboratories, forensic laboratories, blood centers, government institutes, biomedical laboratories, and biotechnology firms.
Employment of medical laboratory technologists and technicians is projected to grow 16 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. An increase in the aging population is expected to lead to a greater need to diagnose medical conditions, such as cancer or type 2 diabetes, through laboratory procedures. The median annual wage for medical and clinical laboratory technologists was $61,070 in May 2016.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-and-clinical-laboratory-technologists-and-technicians.htm (visited November 1, 2017).
Board of Certification Exam
DSU MLS program students who complete the program are eligible to take the Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) certification examination administered through the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).
ASCP BOC US Procedures Book
Learn More: Links to the Profession
The American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) provides dynamic leadership and vigorously promotes all aspects of clinical laboratory science practice, education and management. Student membership information is available here.
The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) is the world’s largest professional membership organization for pathologists and laboratory professionals. Our mission is to provide excellence in education, certification and advocacy on behalf of patients, pathologists and laboratory professionals across the globe. With more than 100,000 members, the society’s influence has guided the application and evolution of the pathology and laboratory medicine specialty since 1922. Student membership information is available here.