Celebrating National Laboratory Professionals

The Department of Clinical Laboratory Science will be celebrating National Laboratory Professionals!

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are over 300,000 practitioners of clinical laboratory science in the United States. Since the development of this career group in the 1920s, the clinical laboratory science professional has played a vital role in the diagnosis and prevention of disease. With the increasing advances in medical technology, clinical laboratory scientists have endeavored to incorporate the latest scientific methods into their practice while maintaining the highest standards of quality assurance in the clinical laboratory. Adding valuable expertise and support to the Clinical Laboratory are Clinical Laboratory Scientists, Cytotechnologists, Histotechnologists, and Phlebotomists.

As team members of one of the largest industries in the United States, the dedicated efforts of laboratory professionals are often unseen by the general public. Today’s patients and physicians demand quality health care and professional accountability, and the practitioners of this critical science strive to maintain the highest professional standards through frequent inspections, competency evaluations, and mandatory continuing education. Laboratory professionals are licensed and certified by organizations such as the American Society for Clinical Pathology, the American Association of Blood Banks, the College of American Pathologists, and the Clinical Laboratory Standards Institute, to name a few. National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week shines a spotlight on the dedication and skill of this profession, and celebrates their contribution to the health care team.

Loma Linda University offers several Clinical Laboratory Science degree & certification options including Cytotechnology, Clinical Laboratory Science and Phlebotomy certification.  Degree information, course prerequisites and admission requirements are outlined on our department website.