Clinical Laboratory Science
Allied Health and Nursing
Clinical laboratory personnel play a crucial role in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of disease. Examination and analysis of body fluids, tissues, and cells play a crucial role in a physician’s ability to provide appropriate health care to patients. Proper treatment of a patient always depends on an accurate diagnosis, and today more than ever, physicians rely on laboratory test results in order to make accurate diagnoses and then monitor the effects of prescribed therapy. While laboratory personnel have minimal patient contact, they play a critical role as part of the health care team.
Clinical laboratory personnel examine and analyze body fluids and cells, performing complex chemical, biological, hematological, immunologic, microscopic, and bacteriological tests. They collect blood samples, work with state-of-the-art computerized instrumentation and microscopes, perform chemical and microscopic analysis of urine, type and match blood for transfusion in blood banks, identify abnormal blood cells, perform many blood chemistry tests such as blood glucose and cholesterol, and identify infectious bacteria, fungus, and parasites causing infection by performing microbiology cultures. After testing and examining a specimen, they analyze the results and relay them to physicians. The tests performed help physicians to diagnose and treat anemias, leukemias, diabetes, renal disease, infections, cardiac arrest, and many more conditions.
Clinical laboratory personnel may work in several areas of the clinical laboratory or specialize in just one. The complexity of the tests performed, the level of judgment needed, and the amount of responsibility laboratory workers assume varies from setting to setting. While most laboratory professionals are employed in hospital laboratories, opportunities are also available in other settings such as physicians’ offices, research laboratories, commercial, public health, and industrial laboratories, education, pharmaceutical and laboratory sales and service, and others. It is worth noting that the profession of Medical Laboratory Technician was rated 35th best career by 2011 Jobs Rated Almanac, which rates more than 250 careers based on salary, stress, environment, security, outlook and physical demands.
Educational Opportunities in Clinical Laboratory Science Technology
Associate of Applied Science Technology
This program prepares its graduates for employment in hospital, urgent care, physicians offices, research, blood donation centers, veterinarian offices and industry laboratory settings. Upon completion of the accredited program, graduates are eligible to take the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) Board of Certification certifying examination. Those passing the examination are certified as Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT-ASCP).
Other Related Opportunities in Allied Health
- Associate of applied science
- Associate degree nursing
- Associate of technical studies in nuclear medicine
Educational Opportunities in Allied Health through LCCC’s University Partnership
Bowling Green State University
Bachelor of Science in Biology
This baccalaureate degree program is designed to provide the training in the major areas of biology while allowing sufficient flexibility to accommodate the specific interests of individual students.
Master of Health and Human Services
The program accommodates students from health and human service professions who require the skills and abilities for supervisory/managerial positions or who desire competence in health promotion. The program is structured as a weekend-college program with classes offered Friday evenings and on Saturday during the day. After completion of an academic core of course work, students may concentrate in either health promotion or administration for health and human service professions.
Youngstown State University
Bachelor of Science in Allied Health
The baccalaureate degree program leading to the bachelor of science in applied science with a major in allied health is intended to serve professional health-related, associate degree graduates who wish to upgrade their academic credentials.
The University of Akron
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN Completion Program)
The University of Akron nursing program prepares students to provide patient care, to direct others in giving care and to become members of comprehensive health care teams. Professional nurses also teach health care, prepare discharge plans and make referrals that can aid patients and their families.
Nursing graduates work in hospitals, urgent care centers and community-based public health agencies and clinics, and provide in-home care to patients. With a combination of experience and education, Akron nursing graduates can obtain employment as clinical specialists in a variety of areas.
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