A medical or clinical laboratory technologist manages clinical laboratories and performs a wide range of specialized, complex procedures in the general area of the clinical laboratory. Expect to take courses in chemistry, biology, mathematics, microbiology, test implementation, laboratory management, laboratory procedures and quality assurance controls, and personnel supervision. Technologists analyze tissue samples and body fluids such as blood and urine, to determine a patient?s state of health. They also conduct and supervise clinical trials, research experiments, and consult with physicians and clinical researchers on diagnoses, disease causation and spread, and research outcomes. Clinical technologists must report and record accurate and complete data such as medical tests and results, which is why it?s vital to be detail oriented and possess technical skills.
With this degree most individuals will work in state, local, or private hospitals, but other possibilities of employment are in laboratories, at offices of physicians, or with the federal government. Technologists in small labs perform a variety of tests, while technologists who have specialties such as immunohematology technologists, phlebotomists, and microbiologists typically work in the larger laboratories. Some states require laboratory personnel to be licensed or registered, and a certification is most often needed to acquire the license. The job outlook for medical and clinical laboratory technologists is 13 percent through 2020, which is about average.
Rockhurst University offers 1 Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist degree programs. It's a small, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 1 Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist students graduated with students earning 1 Bachelor's degree.