Clinical laboratory science practitioners, also known as clinical laboratory technologists or medical technologists, perform a variety of vital duties in labs across the country. The central role of the clinical laboratory technologist is to determine the existence, degree, or lack of infection in a patient and observe the effects of treatment. Currently it is estimated that 70% of all medical decisions made are based upon laboratory results ascertained by clinical laboratory technologists. It is an ideal career for individuals who want to assist in diagnosing and treatment, without working with patients.
The essential functions of a clinical laboratory science technologist vary based upon workplace, education, and specialization. In general, however, all clinical laboratory science technologists should be prepared to perform one or more of the following duties:
- Close examination, usually through a microscope, of bodily fluids (such as blood, mucus, cerebrospinal fluid, urine, etc.), tissues, and cells to determine the presence of disease. Results will be relayed to the surgeon or doctor in order to better diagnose and treat the patient.
- Analysis of cell, fluid, and tissue to discover chemical imbalances that may be causing discomfort or illness.
- Identification of bacteria, parasites, and other foreign organisms within the body.
- Matching compatible blood types for transfusions and surgeries.
- Scrutinizing patient outcomes and efficacy of treatment.
- Performing cell counts in order to diagnose blood disorders such as anemia or leukemia.
- Operating highly technical medical equipment, such as cell counters, microscopes, and other laboratory instruments to run tests and analyze results.
- Establishing quality standards and operational procedures to ensure accuracy of test results.
Clinical laboratory science technologists working in small laboratories may be required to perform all of the above duties, whereas technologists in smaller labs often specialize in one technique. For example, a phlebotomist is solely responsible for collecting and analyzing bloody samples as oppose. Less experienced clinical laboratory science professionals may work as a technicians, rather than technologists. Working as a technician includes performing less complex tests under the supervision of technologists or lab managers. Technicians may also specialize in single analytic techniques.
There are many ways to attain the appropriate credentials for work as a clinical laboratory science technologist. For an entry-level position, most employers require an Bachelors Degree in a Medical Technology or a Life Science, such as Biology and Chemistry. However, it is also possible to begin work as a clinical laboratory science technologist with some combination of school credits and past work experience. Clinical laboratory science technicians are not required to meet the same standards of education and often begin employment with a certificate from a vocational college or a credential from a hospital training program.
Certification and Licensing
Contingent upon what the local law requires in the area you wish to practice, you may be required to seek licensure from the state before beginning work. To become licensed, clinical laboratory technologists usually must furnish proof of graduation from an accredited program and pass a state administered exam.
Most employers prefer to hire candidates that have been certified by a professional association. Agencies which currently offer certification are the Board of Registry of the American Society for Clinical Pathology, the American Medical Technologists, the National Credentialing Agency for Laboratory Personnel, and the Board of Registry of the American Association of Bioanalysts. All of the above associations have different pre-requisites for certification.
A rapidly growing and highly lucrative profession, clinical laboratory science practitioners rarely need to worry about job security or salary concerns. The middle 50-precent of medical and clinical laboratory technologists earn between $44,560 and $63,420. The current outlook for employment is superior to other professions due to the number of positions available for relatively few candidates. Hospitals are presently the largest employers of clinical laboratory technologists, although diagnostic labs and private offices also have positions available to qualified applicants.
Figures courtesy of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Employment & Wages database.
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National College is dedicated to the training and educating of men and women for a full life and a successful career in a number of general and particular fields. The College seeks to give students a broad competency in a field of specialization and an understanding of and respect for their own and others’ ideas and thoughts. Graduates of National College should understand and practice their responsibilities to their families, their fellow men and their communities by becoming effective and contributing citizens.
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Keiser University eCampus Online
For more than 35 years, Keiser University has provided student-centered, career-focused education in fields such as health care, business, criminal justice and information technology. Our one-class-at-a-time schedules allow busy students to focus on their education and balance the demands of work and family. Whether you choose to attend online, on campus, or both you will be part of a caring learning environment led by experienced faculty who bring textbooks to life with real-world challenges and solutions. Our unique combination of a curriculum that is in pace with technology and the skills employers value along with our “students first” approach provides an outstanding academic experience.
Why Keiser University Online
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From faculty to admissions, our staff is dedicated to your success.
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Keiser is one of Florida’s largest independent universities and is a valued choice for career-motivated students. We offer associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in fields that are in demand, and we provide job placement assistance to students and alumni.
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National American University is about personal development and community. When you choose to attend NAU, you don’t just join a group of diverse students and faculty; you join a group of people from all walks of life sharing a unique experience.
Our staff is devoted to helping you balance your education with your personal and professional obligations – it’s our commitment. Through flexible class scheduling, dedicated career advisors and quality programs, NAU strives to provide a caring and supportive learning environment to ensure your success as a student.
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Everyone has a right to a college education. That’s why we offer numerous opportunities to help you earn your degree whether online, at a campus, or both. After all, your career ambitions are uniquely your own. And with our flexible study plans, relevant degree programs and personal advising from day one, so are your options. Because we believe you should get the opportunity you deserve. That’s the American Way.
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Earning your degree is about more than just pursuing your passions. You want an education that will not only help you reach your goals but also prepare you for success in your real-world career. We offer over 60 relevant degree programs to help prepare you for today’s top growing industries including business, information technology, healthcare and more. And because we understand education is only as valuable as your instructor- ours bring real-world experience and success to the classroom and your education.
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At Miller-Motte, we focus on offering the latest courses, and we care about the personal success of each and every one of our students. Because the marketplace demands it, we offer degrees and diplomas leading to long-term sustainable careers for our grads.
Whether preparing to enter the professional world or expanding your skills, education should be available wherever, whenever. With Miller-Motte you can rely on challenging programs, interesting curriculum, and a friendly educational environment.
Berks Technical Institute
Flexible Programs at BTI
At BTI, we understand that not everyone can take classes during the day. Many of our students have hectic work schedules, families to care for or both. If you need a career training program with evening classes or even online options, our flexible ASB/AST Degree and Diploma programs are a great place to start. (Please Note: Some classes may not be offered in the evening. )
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Pittsburgh Technical College
Thanks for your interest in Pittsburgh Technical College. As the marketplace continues to become more competitive, rewarding those with the right training for the job, Pittsburgh Technical College is ideally positioned to give you the skills you need to compete. In fact, you can choose to get your certificate or associate degree at our convenient North Fayette campus in several emerging industries including:
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Plus, you can receive a certificate in as little as 9 months, or an associate degree in as little as 21 months.
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In 2003, the Pennsylvania Secretary of Education authorized PTC to operate as a college and to award the Associate in Science degree to graduates of approved programs.
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At Fortis, our students get the skills and training needed for great careers in industries that are in demand. You are now closer to your dreams than ever before!
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The mission of Mildred Elley is to provide quality career education and technical training to allow students of diverse educational, cultural and personal backgrounds to become successful in an ever-changing global economy. Mildred Elley strives to afford students quality placement opportunities and instill in all of our graduates a desire for lifelong education and learning.
Spencerian College has been educating students since 1892 and is part of the Sullivan University system which is Kentucky’s largest private college system with over 6,000 students. Spencerian offers career-focused curriculums in business, medical and technical fields. The mission of Spencerian College is to provide men and women with quality training for careers in the business, technical and health care professions.