Medical Laboratory Science Professions
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What is a Medical Laboratory Scientist?
As a valued member of the health care team, the medical laboratory scientist (MLS) uses advanced technology to perform analyses on blood and other body fluids that are useful in detecting and/or treating disease. Working closely with physicians and other health care professionals, the medical laboratory scientist (often called a medical technologist or clinical laboratory scientist) plays an integral role in comprehensive patient care by providing accurate and timely results. Graduates of a medical laboratory science education program have a firm foundation enabling them to work in the medical laboratory and also pursue alternate career paths.
Career Options for Medical Technology Program Graduates
Graduates of our medical technology laboratory program are prepared for many varied and stimulating career opportunities. Graduates may:
- Practice as generalists, rotating through all sections of the clinical laboratory; or they may specialize in one section, such as hematology, blood bank, microbiology, chemistry, molecular diagnostics, or immunology
- Work in a research institute, in private or commercial laboratories, or in public health
- Choose to attend a Medical, Dental, or Physician’s Assistant program
- Pursue Advanced Degrees
- Perform a wide variety of positions in other laboratory-related industries:
- Marketing, Research and Development
- Technical Sales, Instrument Service
- Lab and Hospital Management
- Pharmaceutical Sales or Research
- Forensic Laboratories
- Information Technology
- Infection Control
For questions concerning the Medical Laboratory Science Program at Nebraska Methodist Hospital, contact Julie Richards, program director, at (402) 354-4563 or email Julie.Richards@nmhs.org.