Medical technologists/clinical laboratory scientists are baccalaureate level laboratorians. They are educated as generalists in the areas of chemistry, hematology, microbiology, immunology, urinalysis and other body fluids. They may choose to specialize in any one of the above areas. With experience they will move into positions of management, supervision, teaching, quality assurance, marketing, consulting and clinical research. They may choose to receive graduate degrees in any of the sciences, business, education or management. They often use sophisticated laboratory equipment to perform tests and statistical skills to evaluate new procedures.
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Bacteriology - the study of bacteria as it relates to the field of medicine.
Blood Bank Serology – the study of blood serums and related diseases or organisms.
Chemistry – the study of atomic and molecular systems.
Hematology – the study of blood and blood producing organs of the body.
Immunology – the study of the human immune system and its reaction to foreign bodies.
Microbiology – the study of bacteria and other microorganisms.
Typical duties may include conducted testing procedures, trouble shooting sophisticated laboratory instruments, planning, scheduling, determining budgets, teaching, consulting with physicians and other health care providers concerning laboratory results. As group leaders, technical managers and administrators they will make critical decisions and will be responsible for the work of those they manage and teach. They will be employed in hospital laboratories, clinics, public health laboratories, research facilities, technical college and university programs, pharmaceutical companies, industrial laboratories and the military. They must have excellent critical thinking skills, attention to detail, communication skills, people skills, analytical skills and organizational skills.
High school students should study biology, chemistry, mathematics and related courses. Students should seek universities that offer degrees in clinical or medical laboratory technology. Three to four years will be spent on the campus followed by a 6-12 month clinical rotation at an affiliated hospital laboratory.
University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh
University of Wisconsin - Platteville
University of Wisconsin - River Falls
University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point
Agnesian Healthcare, Fond du Lac
Aspirus Wausau Hospital, Wausau
Marshfield Labs, Marshfield
Mercy Medical Center, Oshkosh
Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL
St. Elizabeth's Hospital, Appleton
St. Vincent's Hospital, Green Bay
Sacred Heart Hospital, Eau Claire
Veterans Administration Medical Center, Milwaukee
American Medical Technologists
10700 West Higgins Rd., Suite 150
Rosemont, IL, 60018
American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS)
1861 International Drive, Suite 200
McLean, VA, 22102
American Society for Clinical Pathology
33 West Monroe, Suite 1600
Chicago, IL, 60603
312/541-4999 or 800/267-2727 (ASCP)
American Society of Hematology (ASH)
2021 L St. NW, Suite 900
Washington, DC, 20036
National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720
Rosemont, IL, 60018-5119
773/714-8880 or 847/939-3597
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