Medical Laboratory Science

Program Description

The Medical Laboratory Science program is designed to prepare you for a career in the clinical laboratory. The different areas of the laboratory that you will be training in are clinical chemistry, coagulation, hematology, immunohematology, immunology, medical microbiology. molecular diagnostics and urinalysis. You will be exposed to a wide array of specialized techniques and instrumentation that are utilized to solve the mysteries and ailments of the human body. The knowledge and skills you acquire in the laboratory will help develop your reasoning and critical thinking skills.

Medical Laboratory scientists (MLS) have to use their critical thinking and communicating skills to converse with medical staff. A MLS in the medical field is responsible for reporting accurate test results which the physician will use to diagnose and treat the patient. You will be analyzing different samples such as blood, body fluids, stool, sputum, tissue and urine and correlating the results you obtain with the patients’ condition before you report the results. Results from the specimens will also be used in the hospital to monitor the patients’ treatments.

The Advanced Technical Certificate - MLS program at HCC is a 16 month program which involves didactic course in the classroom and laboratory training, followed by 20 weeks of clinical experience with an affiliated hospital laboratory site with experienced MLS in the field. The experience in the field will reinforce the knowledge and skills you have been trained in the classroom and student laboratory. At the end of your training you will be eligible to take the Board of Registry exam offered by American Society of Clinical Pathologist.

As a MLS you will have the opportunity to explore careers in research, hospital laboratory, reference laboratory, management and education. 



This page last updated January 23, 2018

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