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clinical laboratory sciences



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Clinical laboratory science (also called medical laboratory science) is one of the most rapidly expanding branches of medical science.

Demand for qualified clinical laboratory scientists far exceeding the number of trained people available. Increasing demand for medical services throughout the country means that well trained people in this field will be assured positions for many years.

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Students in the Clinical Laboratory Science program have the opportunities to:

Perform and supervise tests, procedures, and therapies in the clinical laboratory setting.
Serve as a vital member of a clinical team, provide interpretations of laboratory tests and be a resource of knowledge about conditions affecting test results.
Develop data that may be used by the physicians in determining the presence, extent, and as far as possible, the cause of disease.
Become a certified clinical laboratory scientist by passing the national certifying examinations.
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Benedictine University's Program

Benedictine University is one of the few schools in Illinois that offers a program in Clinical Laboratory Science in conjunction with VA Hines Hospital. Our suburban location offers easy access to outstanding medical facilities in the Chicago area. Benedictine’s low student-to-faculty ratio allows you individualized attention as you complete the required prerequisite coursework needed for success during your clinical year.

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B.A. in Biology

When you have completed your clinical year (all grades must be “C” or better), you will earn a B.A. in Biology- Allied Health from Benedictine University. Upon completion of the Clinical Laboratory Science program, you will be eligible to take the certifying examinations administered by the Board of Registry of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists and the National Credentialing Agency for Laboratory Personnel.

Variety of laboratory testing

Laboratory testing includes clinical chemistry, hematology, immunology, immunohematology, microbiology, and molecular biology. As technology advances, Medical Lab Scientists are being called upon to provide treatment options for patients through cellular and molecular biological approaches.

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Assist Physicians and Healthcare Teams

Clinical Lab Scientists conduct laboratory analyses in patient diagnosis and treatment, as well as in disease monitoring or prevention. They require an understanding of sophisticated biomedical instrumentation and technology, computers, and methods requiring manual dexterity to perform laboratory testing.