Department of Bioscience Technologies
Medical Laboratory Science
Medical Laboratory Science at Jefferson
To properly diagnose and treat patients, physicians and caregivers depend on data produced in medical laboratories. In fact, 70% of medical decisions are based on laboratory testing conducted by medical laboratory scientists, such as:
- conduct health screening tests for diabetic and cardiac risk
- examine patient specimens for the presence of infectious microorganisms
- type and cross-match blood for transfusion
- detect specific blood cells to reveal leukemia and measure a patient’s response to medications and therapies
- develop and manage the highly complex technical systems that assist in the performance of these tests
Medical Laboratory Science at Jefferson (course highlights)
As an academic health center Jefferson offers a collaborative environment that includes basic science research, cancer treatment, biomedical research, primary care, nursing care and trauma care. Jefferson students learn to connect technology with its importance in the lives of people.
The laboratories offer the latest testing and communications technology, so students learn on the equipment used in clinical practice. Gain a solid understanding of the principles of professional practice, laboratory outcomes management and laboratory administration.
Gain classroom, laboratory and practical experience in five areas:
- clinical chemistry
- normal and abnormal hematology and serology
- immunohematology (also called blood banking or transfusion medicine)
- clinical microbiology, including parasitology, virology, bacteriology
- research theory and quality control principles for clinical laboratory procedures.
As students, you will:
- prepare and interpret lab tests from real patient specimens
- perform chemical tests to analyze blood and body fluid for specific markers of disease
- match blood for patient transfusion
- use a microscope to identify and count cells and look for cellular abnormalities
- detect and identify bacteria, parasites and other microorganisms that cause infections
- operate sophisticated technology and develop analytic systems
- utilize information systems and design interfaces to relay test results to physicians
- work with other healthcare professionals to monitor quality and improve patient care
Students acquire broad exposure to diverse career options which helps them carve out unique roles in traditional and non-traditional laboratory science careers. The curriculum fosters independent thought, teamwork and the ability to take responsibility for crucial diagnostic decisions.
Jefferson’s medical laboratory science graduates have a high job placement rate and a median salary of $46,000. Graduates work in clinical laboratories in hospitals, reference labs and doctor’s offices.
Clinical Staff Positions
Leadership and Management Positions
National certification in a specialty area of laboratory practice is not only proof of knowledge and competence in a field; it demonstrates value-added expertise that employers seek today. Visit the American Society of Clinical Pathology Board of Certification for more information.