The Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) is an important member of the health care team in hospitals, clinics, medical research and teaching centers, and is an indispensable participant with physicians in providing critical diagnostic information. The MLS functions as a dependable, ambitious and highly motivated professional capable of handling high stress situations with ease and confidence. The Medical Laboratory Scientist performs and interprets diagnostic laboratory procedures using state-of-the-art instrumentation to aid in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of disease; monitors the standards of accuracy and precision in the performance of tests; performs routine maintenance; analyzes and corrects instrument problems; researches, evaluates, and implements new procedures; and may be responsible for fiscal/personnel management of laboratory. The Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Medical Laboratory Scientist combines academic and laboratory courses on campus with practical experience at clinical affiliate sites. The program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119, (877) 939-3597. Students successfully completing the program are eligible to take a national certifying examination.
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