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Medical Laboratory Science

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Medical Laboratory Science professionals generate, interpret and report test results vital in making a timely and accurate diagnosis. Attention to detail and problem solving skills are highly valued in this profession.

Why Study Medical Laboratory Science?

Laboratory technologists work as a part of medical and research teams. Medical laboratory scientists have an aptitude and wide interest in the physical and biological sciences. They analyze body fluids and other compounds and perform tests using specialized equipment to diagnose disease and monitor treatment.

Related Majors

Related Skills

  • Performing analyses which require a complex network of steps and variables
  • Recognizing and identifying problems and synthesizing solutions
  • Troubleshooting and monitoring sophisticated instruments
  • Confirming/verifying results of laboratory tests
  • Establishing and monitoring of quality control programs
  • Teaching or performing administrative duties
  • Performing tests of fluid, blood, and tissue samples
  • Managing a lab which employs a team of specialists and managing administrative aspects
  • Heading up research projects to develop new laboratory techniques
  • Operating, maintaining and troubleshooting of clinical instruments
  • Operating computer systems for data input, retrieval and analysis of information
  • Maintaining and improving laboratory practices, quality control, and safety
  • Managing inventory for the laboratory
  • Teaching students and health care personnel proper laboratory practices

Being Successful in the Field

  • Be able to generate, interpret, and report results vital in making a timely and accurate diagnosis
  • Attention to detail is valued
  • Problem-solving skills are highly valued as well
  • Obtain credentials from either the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) or American Medical Technologists (AMT)

Related Fields

  • Chemistry
  • Medical bacteriology
  • Medical laboratory science program director
  • Coagulation
  • Cytogenetics
  • Drug analysis (toxicology)
  • Endocrinology
  • Health Promotion Coordinator
  • Hematology
  • Immunology
  • Infection control officer/hospital epidemiologist
  • Microbiology
  • Medical mycology
  • Parasitology
  • Tissue typing
  • Toxicology
  • Virology
  • Immunohematologist

Career Advising

Name Office Email Phone
Megan Kayfish  110 Student Services Building  meturne@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-0735 

Internship Coordinator

Name Office Email Phone
Meridee Van Draska  FSA 334  mrust@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-8269 

Applying to Illinois State

Illinois State's preferred filing period for freshman students for the fall semester is September 1-November 15. Applying early is encouraged, as the University must limit enrollment due to space at the University and in specific majors/programs. Visit the Office of Admissions to apply today!

Plans of Study and Progress Tracking

This information is based on requirements for the academic year(s) indicated. Students should consult the catalog year they were admitted under for their academic requirements.

Applying to Illinois State

Illinois State's preferred filing period for fall transfer students is September 1-January 15. For the spring semester, the preferred filing period is from April 1-August 1. You are encouraged to apply early in the preferred filing period for best consideration for admission into competitive majors. Visit the Office of Admissions to apply today!

Minimum GPA

2.50

Middle 50% GPA

3.00 - 3.60

Required Courses

None

Recommended Courses

  • General Chemistry I (CHE 140)
  • General Chemistry II (CHE 141)
  • Introduction to molecular and cellular biology (BSC 197)
  • Finite Math (MAT 120) or Calculus I (MAT 145)
  • Microbiology (BSC 160)

Plans of Study and Progress Tracking

Academic Advising

Name Office Email Phone
Anjie Almeda  Felmley Hall 311  aaalmed@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-5353 

Middle 50% GPA

3.00 - 3.60

Plans of Study and Progress Tracking

Application Period

September 1 - September 30, February 1 - February 28, May 1 - May 31

Application Information

Current students can use the Apply to Your Program tool on My.IllinoisState.edu.

Academic Advising

Name Office Email Phone
Anjie Almeda  Felmley Hall 311  aaalmed@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-5353 
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