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 Biology Program at George Mason University offers a BS in Medical Technology 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 technologist, 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 job after graduation, choose a degree in medical technology.
How Can I Become a Medical Technologist?
- 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).
Medical Technology Coordinator:
Dr. Esther Peters
Department of Environmental Science & Policy and Biology Program
3057 David King Hall MSN 5F2