Medical laboratory scientists work in hospitals and laboratories performing and analyzing scientific blood and bodily fluid tests, often used to diagnose diseases or abnormalities. In larger organizations, lab scientists may specialize in specific areas, such as blood work. The Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the 2017 median pay for Medical and Clinical Laboratory Scientists as $51,770 per year, with an expectant 13 percent increase in employment for the profession between 2016–26.
The Medical Laboratory Scence program at the University of St. Francis provides a thorough education for students interested in pursuing a career in the clinical lab sciences. A dedicated, passionate staff works with students throughout the program, preparing them to become qualified, well-prepared and confident professionals upon graduation.
If you’re serious about becoming a top medical lab scientist, then the rigorous Medical Laboratory Science program at the University of St. Francis can help you do just that.
The University of St. Francis is accredited by both the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org) and the Illinois Board of Higher Education (ibhe.org). Hospital affiliates of USF’s Medical Laboratory Science program are accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (nacls.org).
“The Medical Laboratory Science program is well rounded in both fundamentals and clinical experience. My three years on campus prepared and supplied me with the knowledge needed to succeed in my year-long clinical, where I was able to take the basic understandings from my studies and apply them to real life situations. This was a great benefit of the program. The hands-on learning and the job training that I received prepared me to enter the field after graduating.”
-Haley Wenberg ’18
What Can You Do With This Degree?
Among the many opportunities in the dynamic health care field, the Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science prepares a student for a position as a laboratory director. The lab scientist performs a wide range of clinical laboratory tests and procedures on various body fluids and tissues to determine the presence or absence of disease, to monitor response to treatment and to aid in health maintenance.
Grow Through Real-World Experience
Students majoring in Medical Laboratory Science spend three years taking liberal education and science courses followed by a 12-month professional phase at an affiliated hospital school. Admission to the University of St. Francis does not guarantee admission to the professional phase of the program. Students will need to apply to the affiliated hospital program in the fall of junior year.
Current affiliated hospital programs:
- Myron E. Rubnitz, M.D. School of Medical Laboratory Science located at Edward Hines VA Hospital, Hines, IL
- School of Clinical Laboratory Science, OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria, IL
- School of Medical Technology, Franciscan St. Margaret Health, Hammond, IN