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What is Medical Laboratory Science?

The roles and responsibilities of a medical laboratory scientist, also known as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist or a Medical Technologist, are not as well-known as that of a nurse or physician, but medical laboratory professionals are indispensable members of the health care team.

Working in a wide variety of settings, such as hospitals, clinics, reference laboratories, research facilities, and public health centers; Medical Laboratory Scientists (MLS) perform manual and automated testing on body fluids, such as blood, urine, and cerebrospinal fluid, as well as samples collected from wounds and other sites of infection. Results from these analyses are used in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of disease as well as assisting in the maintenance of healthy lifestyles.

The demand for trained laboratory professionals is high and the Medical Laboratory Science program at the University of Utah has been specifically designed to help prepare graduates for a career in this exciting and fulfilling profession. The MLS Program includes didactic and clinical training in hematology, clinical chemistry, immunology, immunohematology, microbiology, and molecular diagnostics as well as practical training in principles of research, education, and laboratory management.

Individuals with an interest in healthcare and a strong background in chemistry and biological sciences will find this to be a challenging and rewarding career. Please visit our program pages to explore options that align with your academic background and your professional goals.

Students interested to learn more about a career in medical laboratory science may want to consider enrolling in MD LB 1010: Survey of Medical Laboratory Sciences. High school students are also eligible to enroll in this course as MD LB 101.