UAB School of Health Professions Current News
- Created on September 25, 2012
Clinical Laboratory Scientists are not only ranked third in the top 10 best careers in health care by U.S. News & World Report, but it is also one of the most employable majors with an unemployment rate of 1.4 percent. So what exactly do they do?
“Clinical laboratory scientists are key members of the health care team who play a crucial role in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of disease,” said Michelle Brown, MS, MT (ASCP) SBB, assistant professor in the UAB Clinical Laboratory Science Program.
Clinical Laboratory Scientists perform a full array of complex tests in five major areas of the laboratory including hematology, chemistry, transfusion medicine, microbiology, and Molecular Diagnostics. The results generated are provided to physicians and other healthcare providers to aid in making a clinical diagnosis, adjusting treatment, and developing management plans for those in need.
“The clinical laboratory is constantly evolving as more complex testing such as molecular diagnostics is implemented. This has produced an increased demand for well-educated and highly motivated professionals,” said Brown.
The Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences in the School of Health Professions offers a master’s degree in Clinical Laboratory Sciences. Graduates could also earn the master’s degree with a certificate in Cytotechnology.
“Cytotechnologists work closely with pathologists to diagnose and manage infectious, pre-malignant, and malignant diseases by microscopically evaluating cells obtained from all body sites,” said Vivian Pijuan-Thompson, Ph.D., director of the Cytology program.
UAB is one of only two Cytology programs in the nation to provide Hologic image microscope training to its students.