- Price: USD 35,650
- Level: Degree
- Category: Health/ Medicine
- Awarded by: George Mason University
Are you fascinated by science? Do you have a desire to help others? If you have ever wondered what happens to the blood sample you give at the doctor’s office or how doctors diagnose disease, you might consider a rewarding career as a Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS), formerly known as Medical Technologist (MT).
The Department of Biology at George Mason University offers a BS in Medical Laboratory Sciences that will prepare you for entrance into an affiliated NAACLS-accredited school of clinical laboratory science or medical technology for required clinical training in the Washington, DC, area. As a medical laboratory scientist, you will have the flexibility to work in a variety of jobs: in hospital laboratories, physician or veterinary office laboratories, reference or research laboratories, fertility clinics, pharmaceutical companies, and many other places. You may also continue your education in graduate or professional school. At least 150,000 clinical laboratory scientist positions must be filled by 2014 and beyond (Coordinating Council on the Clinical Laboratory Workforce). If you want a challenging and interesting career and a degree that will guarantee a competitive edge in the job market after graduation, choose a degree in medical laboratory science.
How Can I Become a Medical Laboratory Scientist?
You need to have a solid background in biology, chemistry, math, and computer science. You must earn a baccalaureate degree (BS or BA). You need to complete a NAACLS-accredited medical technology program that will prepare you to take the national certification examination administered by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).
Entry Requirement: Year 11
Intakes: January, August
Course Duration: 4 Years