Medical Laboratory Sciences

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In our global society, the ability to diagnose and detect disease is vital to a safe and healthy world. Medical laboratory students will develop skills necessary to assist physicians and other members of healthcare teams with analyzing blood and other body fluids. Other skills to be learned may include culturing infectious diseases and helping physicians diagnose potential blood and hereditary diseases. Lab scientists also develop and evaluate new test procedures, perform quality control, maintain complex chemical machinery, educate other laboratory professionals, and manage laboratories.

Medical laboratory sciences, sometimes referred to as clinical laboratory science, is a paramedical field for which the student prepares in chemistry, microbiology, hematology and related disciplines. Certified Medical Technologists can enter careers in clinical laboratory work, academic research, public health, teaching, and the pharmaceutical industry. 

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  • Career Options
  • Medical or Clinical Laboratory Scientist (medical technologist)
  • Blood Blank Supervisor
  • Doctor of Clinical Laboratory Science Practitioner
  • Pharmaceutical Laboratory Instrument Sales/Technical Specialist

About Biology Department

We have undergraduate programs covering the range of modern biology including: pre-health (pre-med, pre-dentistry, pre-vet, pre-optometry, pre-physical therapy, pre-physician assistant), medical laboratory sciences, cell and molecular biology, wildlife biology, fisheries and aquatic sciences, botany, ecology, and secondary education.

There are almost 400 students in the undergraduate program and about 20 in the graduate division. The Department of Biology has 13 full-time faculty with a wide range of interests. The faculty are dedicated and committed to Pittsburg State University and the department, but most importantly, to students. Most faculty are actively engaged in research activities, national professional organizations, and professional service.

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