University of Nebraska Medical Center

What is a medical laboratory scientist?

The Profession

Medical Laboratory Scientist at the bench
Medical Laboratory Scientists (formally known as Clinical Laboratory Scientists or Medical Technologists) are responsible for the development, performance, and evaluation of clinical diagnostic laboratory testing that is needed for quality patient medical care and research. They analyze samples of blood, tissue, and body fluids using cutting-edge technology and a variety of analytical techniques. They are at the forefront of healthcare guiding other health care professionals. 70-80% of all medical decisions are based on laboratory results. A Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Laboratory Science will give you the ability to work in many different environments and several areas of expertise.

Starting wage: $60,000
Middle-range wage: $75,000
Job after graduation from our UNMC medical laboratory science program: 100%

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