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 in several capacities including 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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To learn more visit: http://www.ascls.org/what-is-a-medical-laboratory-science-professional

EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS

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

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JOB OUTLOOK/SALARIES

The Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor projects that the employment of medical laboratory technicians and scientists will increase by 14% through the year 2016. According to Jobs Rated Almanac, medical laboratory science has 25% job growth and good job security. Among health related professions, it currently ranks #3. In 2008, the median salary for medical laboratory technicians was about $38,400, and $47,840 annually for medical laboratory scientists, based on geographic location. Currently there is a shortage in many parts of the country guaranteeing employment and higher salaries for graduates.

 

 

HOW HIGH WILL YOU CLIMB THE MEDICAL LABORATORY CAREER LADDER?

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 Know a Super Medical Laboratory Professional? Nominate your Medical Laboratory Hero for the Cardinal Health “urEssential Laboratory Professional of the Year Award”

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Medical Laboratory Professionals at work in the Medical Laboratory

Image Source:http://www.publicdomainfiles.com/ with many image sources coming from men and women serving in the Air Force/Army/Navy in the role of Medical Laboratory Professionals. Thank you for your service!

 

 

 

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ASCLS and why Membership Matters

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.

ASCLS Believes:

  1. Quality laboratory service is essential to quality health care.
  2. Competent, credentialed, laboratory professionals are the foundation to quality laboratory medicine.
  3. Everyone deserves access to safe, effective, efficient, equitable, and patient-centered healthcare, and
  4. Advancing the laboratory profession advances health care.

Core Values:

  1. Ensuring safe, accurate, efficient, appropriate and cost effective laboratory services is a component of quality
  2. 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
  3. Enabling laboratory professionals to function at their highest level of competence will contribute to cost effective health care
  4. Promoting diversity supports the delivery of quality laboratory service
  5. Taking a leadership role in standard and policy setting is a core professional responsibility
  6. Advocating for quality within the laboratory is essential to the assurance of quality health care delivery

To learn more visit www.ascls.org and to join visit: http://www.ascls.org/join-ascls/join

 

ASCLS New Professionals and New Members Forum (NPNMF)

 

Funds raised will benefit American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science’s New Professionals and New Members Forum

ASCLS’s New Professionals and New Members Forum works to engage and inform individuals new to the profession and ASCLS about the various opportunities that membership affords. Forum driven activities will support the needs and interests of Forum members.

The New Professionals and New Members Forum (NPNMF) addresses the needs of New Professionals and New Members while planting the seeds for a promising future.

Travel grants for New Professionals and New Members allow those who are just now starting out in their careers to have the means to attend and participate in ASCLS National Meetings and ASCLS Legislative Symposium who otherwise might not be able to be involved.

 

Do you love science? Have you considered a career in medical laboratory science? We asked medical laboratory professionals, “What do you love about your career?” Here is what they had to say.