National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) provides the following description: at career entry, the medical laboratory scientist will be proficient in performing clinical laboratory tests in areas such as hematology, clinical chemistry, immunohematology, microbiology, serology/immunology, coagulation, molecular and other emerging diagnostics and will be able to play a role in the development and evaluation of test systems and interpretive algorithms. The graduates will have diverse responsibilities in areas of analysis and clinical decision-making, regulatory compliance with applicable regulations, education, and quality assurance/performance improvement. They will also possess basic knowledge, skills and relevant experience in:
- Communications to enable consultative interactions with members of the healthcare team, external relations, customer service and patient education.
- Financial operations, marketing and human resource management of the clinical laboratory to enable cost-effective high quality, value added laboratory services.
- Information management to enable effective, timely, accurate and cost-effective reporting of laboratory-generated information.
- Research design/practice sufficient to evaluate published studies as an informed consumer.
Upon graduation and initial employment, the Medical Laboratory Scientist should be able to demonstrate entry level competencies in the above areas of professional practice. Students are eligible to sit for national certification exams in medical laboratory science after completion of the program.