Medical Laboratory Scientists perform, develop, evaluate, correlate and assure accuracy and validity of laboratory information; they direct and supervise clinical laboratory resources and operations; and they collaborate in the diagnosis and treatment of patients.
Medical Laboratory Scientists practice independently and collaboratively as defined by the profession. The ability to relate to people, a capacity for calm and reasoned judgment, and a demonstration of commitment to the patient are essential qualities. They demonstrate ethical and moral attitudes and principles that are necessary for gaining and maintaining the confidence of patients, professional associates, and the community.
At career entry, the Medical Laboratory Scientist will be proficient in performing the full range of clinical laboratory tests in areas such as hematology, clinical chemistry, immunohematology, microbiology, serology/immunology, coagulation, molecular, and other emerging diagnostics, and will play a role in the development and evaluation of test systems and interpretive algorithms. The Medical Laboratory Scientist will have responsibilities in areas of analysis as well as clinical decision making, regulatory compliance, education, and quality assurance/performance improvement wherever laboratory testing is researched, developed or performed. The Medical Laboratory Scientist will also possess basic knowledge, skills, and relevant experiences in financial operations, information management and research design/practice.
Students inclined towards medicine that excel in biology or chemistry. Students who desire a meaningful career immediately upon graduation; who can seek employment in labs of all types; clinical/hospital, forensic, biotechnology, reference/regional laboratories and more.
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