ABOUT THE CLINICAL LABORATORY SCIENCES PROFESSION

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U.S. News & World Report rates Clinical Laboratory Sciences
as the 17th best health care career!
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The Profession

Clinical laboratory science, the study and practice of diagnostic laboratory medicine, is a dynamic health care profession. The profession encompasses a variety of laboratory professionals including clinical laboratory scientists, cytogeneticists, cytologists, and histologists. Clinical laboratory professionals provide 70% of the critical objective information for diagnosis, treatment and preventative health care. These individuals analyze body tissues and fluids using complex instrumentation, sophisticated techniques and specialized knowledge.

 

 

image of people working in labs Clinical laboratory scientists (CLS), also called medical laboratory scientists (MLS) work primarily in hospital, physician office and reference laboratories. They perform many routine and complex tests that help the physician diagnose and treat the patient. For example, they identify infectious agents and interpret antibody susceptibility tests so that physicians know which antimicrobial agent is effective. They perform testing prior to transfusion of a patient and also perform viral cultures and molecular testing.

 

 

image of people working in a  lab Here is a link to a 12 minute video entitled “A Life Saved: Laboratory Professionals Make a Difference”.  This poignant and moving story about a child with leukemia helps to demonstrate the active and vital role that clinical laboratory scientists and other laboratory personnel play in every lab in the country on a daily basis.  View the video.

 

 

 

 

 

CAREER INFORMATION

Occupational Outlook Handbook

 

O*NET

 

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS


American Society for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (ASCLS)

 

ASCLS Student Center

 

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences

 

American Society of Cytopathology

 

Clinical Laboratory Management Association

 

OTHER SITES OF INTEREST

 

Scholarships in CLS

 

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