Clinical Laboratory Sciences

Our Mission

Clinical Laboratory SciencesTo prepare graduates who are ready for career entry level employment in a variety of clinical laboratory settings: hospitals, blood banks, independent and physicians' office laboratories, clinics, health maintenance organizations, urgent care centers and industry.

Our Goals

  • To prepare graduates for employment in a variety of settings at career entry level.
  • To define clearly what is expected of students at all levels of the program, to make these expectations clear to all students, and to help students fulfill those expectations.
  • To incorporate appropriate liberal arts, science, and Health Professions core courses into the curriculum and to educate professionals who are aware of the needs and values of a changing world.
  • To provide evaluation mechanisms which recognize individual competencies and allow for advanced placement where appropriate.
  • To provide the opportunity for worthwhile clinical experiences for all qualified students.
  • To offer appropriate continuing education opportunities to medical laboratory professionals.

Clinical laboratory science professionals, often called medical laboratorians, are vital healthcare detectives, uncovering and providing laboratory information from laboratory analysis that assist physicians in patient diagnosis and treatment, as well as in disease monitoring or prevention (maintenance of health). We use sophisticated biomedical instrumentation and technology, computers, and methods requiring manual dexterity to perform laboratory testing on blood and body fluids. Laboratory testing encompasses such disciplines as clinical chemistry, hematology, immunology, immunohematology, microbiology, and molecular biology. Clinical laboratory science professionals generate accurate laboratory data that are needed to aid in detecting cancer, heart attacks, diabetes, infectious mononucleosis, and identification of bacteria or viruses that cause infections, as well as in detecting drugs of abuse. In addition, we monitor testing quality and consult with other members of the healthcare team.

The clinical laboratory science profession has more than one career track based on level of education: clinical laboratory technician (2 years) and clinical laboratory scientist (4 to 5 years). Clinical laboratory technicians are competent in the collection, processing and analysis of biological specimens, the performance of lab procedures, the maintenance of instruments, and relating lab findings to common diseases/conditions. Clinical laboratory scientists have a more extensive theoretical knowledge base. Therefore they not only perform laboratory procedures including very sophisticated analysis, but also evaluate/interpret the results, integrate data, problem solve, consult, conduct research and develop new test methods.

The MLS and MLT programs at Ferris State University are fully accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). NAACLS can be contacted as follows: NAACLS 5600 N. River Road Suite 720 Rosemont, IL 60018 1-773-714-8880