Clinical Laboratory Scientist

Overview

Clinical laboratory science professionals (also called medical laboratory scientists or medical laboratory technicians) are highly skilled scientists who discover the presence or absence of disease and provide data that helps physicians determine the best treatment for the patient.

Although they are not often personally involved with patients, laboratory technologists and technicians play a crucial role in the process of providing personalized care. They generate vitally important data for identifying and treating cancer, heart disease, diabetes and many other health conditions.

– ExploreHealthCareers.org

Prerequisites

 Biology (2 courses)  BIO 150, BIO 233
 Microbiology (1 course)  BIO 231
 Human Anatomy and Physiology (2 courses)  BIO 143, BIO 243
 General Chemistry (2 courses)  CHEM 125, CHEM 126*
 Organic Chemistry (2 courses)  CHEM 247, CHEM 248
 Math (1 course)  MATH 120
 Statistics (1 course)  STATS 110 or STATS 212

*St. Olaf general chemistry options:

  1. CHEM 125 (Fall), CHEM 126 (Spring)
  2. CHEM 121 (Fall), CHEM 123 (Interim), CHEM 126 (Spring)
  3. CH/BI 125 (Fall), CH/BI 126 (Interim), CH/BI 127 (Spring, also counts as a semester of General Biology)
Be sure to check the admission requirements for the specific programs you will be applying to!

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