Laboratory Science Career Path
How do I become a laboratory technician or scientist?
The clinical laboratory science profession has more than one career track based on level of education: clinical laboratory technician (two years) and clinical laboratory scientist (four to five years). Clinical laboratory technicians are competent in the collection, processing and analysis of biological specimens, the performance of lab procedures, the maintenance of instruments and relating lab findings to common diseases/conditions. Clinical laboratory scientists have a more extensive theoretical knowledge base. Therefore, they not only perform laboratory procedures including very sophisticated analyses, but also evaluate/interpret the results, integrate data, problem solve, consult, conduct research and develop new test methods.
What school offers a laboratory science program?
San Diego State University (SDSU) offers a program.
Are there any scholarships available?
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