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Clinical laboratory professionals are essential members of the health care team who provide Physicians with reliable diagnostic data reflective of patient health status by uncovering scientific facts leading to the accurate diagnosis and timely treatment of disease.
The Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology (CLS/MTP) provides an undergraduate education to those preparing to enter the field of clinical laboratory science, also known as medical technology. It is also an excellent foundation for students preparing for graduate studies in a sub discipline of interest or for pre-professional training in one of the medical sciences (pre-physician assistant, pre-medicine, pre-dentistry).
The Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology major is designed to provide a broadly based science background including biology, chemistry, and laboratory science course requirements as well as an opportunity to elect courses from humanities and social sciences. The four years of undergraduate study may be followed by a clinical internship year in a hospital or other clinical setting offering an accredited program in Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology. Persons may obtain clinical internships through participation in the Medical Technology Internship Matching Program of Michigan (MTIMPM), a competitive process that matches participants to clinical internship programs. Persons may also obtain internships through acceptance into out-of-state clinical internship programs. Internship graduates are then eligible to take a nationally recognized certification examination conducted by the Board of Certification of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP). Successful completion of the certification exam confers MLS(ASCP) certification status and eligibility for numerous types of positions within the field of clinical laboratory science.
Employment opportunities are available in a variety of work settings. Graduates with backgrounds in clinical laboratory science are needed to fill the available positions in clinical practice settings of diagnostic laboratories in hospitals, public health agencies and clinics and also occupy positions as medical research and development technologists, technical representatives for medical product and medical equipment companies, and other bio-medically related positions in biotechnology companies.
Persons Career options also exist outside the traditional clinical laboratory. The CLS/MTP program is also an excellent foundation for students preparing for graduate studies in a sub discipline of interest or for pre-professional training in one of the medical sciences (pre-physician assistant, pre-medicine, pre-dentistry).
Program Mission and Assessment
The Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology program prepares graduates for clinical laboratory careers and science/medically-related positions in business and industry. The program participates in the University-wide effort to assess its academic programs. Information on assessment plans, including goals, methods and outcomes is available at http://www.umflint.edu/assessment.