A medical laboratory science major completes a 4-year Bachelor of Science degree. Our students develop skills in phlebotomy, specimen processing, quality control, management, education, research, and laboratory testing. They apply these skills in each of the major areas within the clinical laboratory: clinical chemistry, microbiology, hematology, immunology, and blood banking. Prior to beginning their senior year, students will first become proficient with core concepts in biology and chemistry.
All students who are accepted to our program receive job specific training. Students complete two semesters of academic coursework within our major followed by a spring semester clinical internship which provides further preparation for employment. Graduates of our program take a national certification exam that affirms their place as a laboratory professional.
Medical laboratory scientists perform the laboratory testing so that results can be used by physicians and other members of the health care team to treat and manage patient care. We are behind the scenes professionals that are a key component in helping health care providers diagnose and treat patients. Without our testing and results medicine would be reduced to guesswork.
The medical laboratory science program has a student to faculty member ratio of 6:1, which means you get a lot of individual attention. Over 95% of our graduates have passed the national certification exam and virtually all our students find a job or attend medical or graduate school.
Our graduates are employed in a wide range of fields. Many decide to work in hospital laboratories; others work in forensic science laboratories, public health laboratories, research laboratories, and veterinary diagnostic laboratories. Only licensed medical laboratory technologists can work in hospitals.
Perry M. Scanlan Ph.D., MT (ASCP)
Director, Medical Technology Program
For more information about studying medical technology at APSU, follow these links to the Medical Technology/Medical Laboratory Science website and the APSU Med Tech facebook page.
Follow this link for a listing of possible careers for medical technology majors.