Many Medical Laboratory Scientists (MLS) work in hospital or clinic laboratories. Their work directly affects patient health. Laboratory test results generated by medical laboratory professionals are used to diagnose, monitor, treat diseases, and to promote health.  An MLS must be able to perform such tasks as microscopic examinations, obtaining blood samples by venipuncture, manipulating various labware, operating automated and semiautomated instruments, and making critical decisions. In addition to performing testing, MLS can direct, supervise, organize, evaluate, troubleshoot, and problem solve.

There are many specialties in a hospital lab. To learn more, click on the following tabs.

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The education and training in Medical Technology can also open doors to lots of other careers. Many of our graduates are successful physicians, biomedical researchers, information (computer) system specialists, hospital administrators, laboratory managers, infection control specialists, college professors, research project coordinators, and governmental program coordinators (e.g., health, agriculture, environmental). Some have also gone into fields like forensic science, cytotechnology, nuclear medicine, and lab-related businesses.