WHAT IS A MEDICAL LABORATORY PROFESSIONAL?
Medical Laboratory Professionals are individuals who work in allied health in several capacities.
Laboratory assistants aid the clinical laboratory by receiving samples, centrifuging and delivering samples, as well as sometimes performing phlebotomy.
Phlebotomists are medical professionals trained to draw blood from a patient for clinical or medical testing, transfusions, donations, or research. Phlebotomists collect blood primarily by performing venipunctures, (or, for collection of minute quantities of blood, fingersticks).
A Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) also known as a Clinical Laboratory Technician is an allied health professional who holds a two-year associate degree. A Medical Technologist also known as a Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) or Clinical Laboratory Scientist is an allied health professional who holds a four-year bachelor’s level degree. These professionals analyze and test body fluids and tissues. This includes blood, urine, CSF, synovial fluid, all types of tissue samples, and almost any type of sample removed from a patient for testing. They are responsible for operating and maintaining complex analyzers that are used in a laboratory and ensuring the laboratory results of each patient are accurate and timely.
Medical laboratory professionals are vital healthcare detectives, uncovering and providing laboratory information from laboratory analyses that assist physicians in patient diagnosis and treatment, as well as in disease monitoring or prevention (maintenance of health). Medical laboratory professionals work throughout the entire laboratory process and are absolutely essential to healthcare.
Medical laboratory professionals have many roles and many opportunities when climbing the career ladder in the medical laboratory field. This field is exciting no matter which part of the ladder you start in!
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A solid foundation in high school biology, chemistry, and math usually provides the groundwork for medical laboratory science education. A career as a medical laboratory professional requires completion of either a bachelors degree, an associate degree program integrating general education, science and medical laboratory science courses; or, a shorter certificate program that focuses on technical courses. To learn more visit: http://www.ascls.org/what-is-a-medical-laboratory-science-professional
The Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor projects that the employment of medical laboratory technicians and scientists will grow by 11% from 2018 to 2028. In 2018, the median salary for medical laboratory technicians and medical laboratory scientists was $52,300, based on geographic location. Currently there is a shortage in many parts of the country guaranteeing employment and higher salaries for graduates.
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Medical Laboratory Professionals at work in the Medical Laboratory
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The mission of ASCLS is to make a positive impact in health care through leadership that will assure excellence in the practice of laboratory medicine.
- Quality laboratory service is essential to quality health care.
- Everyone deserves access to safe, effective, efficient, equitable, and patient-centered healthcare, and
- Advancing the laboratory profession advances health care.
ASCLS Core Values:
- Defining the characteristics of competent personnel within the profession and providing professional development opportunities so that practitioners can maintain competency are essential roles of a professional association.
- Enabling laboratory professionals to function at their highest level of competence will contribute to cost effective health care.
- Promoting diversity supports the delivery of quality laboratory service.
- Taking a leadership role in standard and policy setting is a core professional responsibility.
- Advocating for quality within the laboratory is essential to the assurance of quality health care delivery.
ASCLS is an inclusive, culturally relevant community of people acknowledging their differences and unique characteristics; it is an organization where all persons can engage and participate in a meaningful way empowering everyone to grow and learn.
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