What is medical laboratory science?

Medical laboratory science provides clues that are key in the diagnosis and treatment of disease or injury, and laboratory professionals are the detectives of the health care world. They provide clues that are key in the diagnosis and treatment of disease or injury and assist in the maintenance of healthy lifestyles. Clues to solving the mysteries of diseases are found in our own bodies. Laboratory tests monitor the composition of our blood, urine, and other body fluids and tissues for early warning signs of disease. Laboratory professionals perform tests that are crucial to our health and well-being. Although they spend less time with patients than physicians and nurses, laboratory scientists are just as dedicated to patients' health. As vital members of the health care team, they play a critical role in collecting the information needed to give the best care to an ill or injured patient. They find great satisfaction in their work, knowing that they are helping others and are saving lives.

It is the medical laboratory scientist, not the nurse or physician, who measures blood cholesterol and blood sugar, tests for anemia, checks the urine for protein, identifies strep throat bacteria, prepares blood for transfusion, and even determines if a hit and run driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Consider focusing your interest in biology or chemistry into this more specific and marketable major. If you enjoy the challenges and rewards of medicine and science, this is the profession for you!

Learn more about Laboratory Science Careers.