Formerly Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology
See Also: Medical Laboratory Science Pre-Health Guide (UT Medical Center, Knoxville) | Medical Technology Pre-Health Guide (UTHSC)
Medical laboratory scientists/medical technologists develop data on the blood, tissues, and fluids in the human body by using precision instruments such as microscopes and automatic analyzers. They assume responsibility for, and are held accountable for, accurate results. They establish and monitor quality control programs and design or modify procedures as necessary. Tests and procedures are performed or supervised by clinical laboratory scientists in the clinical laboratory center in the major areas of hematology, bacteriology, serology, immunology, clinical chemistry, blood banking, urinalysis, mycology, and parasitology.
B.S. in Medical Laboratory Science at UT
Students who successfully complete the program at UT will receive a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in medical laboratory science from the College of Arts and Sciences. The curriculum requires a minimum of 90 credit hours—which include the basic skills and distribution requirements of the college and the university General Education Requirement—prior to application for admission to a final year of study at the University of Tennessee Medical Center (UTMCK).
The program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), Ph: 773-714-8880; fax: 773-714-8886. After you complete your course of study, UTMC will award you a Certificate of Laboratory Training. You will then be eligible for examination by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists’ Board of Certification and earn certification as a medical laboratory scientist. Keep in mind that admission to the clinical year is at the discretion of the admissions committee of the medical laboratory science program at the UT Medical Center. Admission to, and successful completion of, the program does not ensure that you will be admitted to the clinical phase of the medical laboratory science program.