Employment opportunities for clinical laboratory scientists are projected to increase both nationally and internationally in the coming decade. A Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Sciences from a nationally accredited university prepares one academically for entry into the profession. The Clinical Laboratory Sciences department at Howard University is committed to the preparation of confident, competent, and “market ready” professionals who can compete successfully in today’s job market.
Our curriculum is constantly assessed and updated to ensure that students are provided with the education and technical competence necessary for the many job options available.
The employment outlook for clinical laboratory scientists is also impacted by the national move toward licensure and certification for all employees. Most hospitals and medical centers currently employ only individuals with national certification. National certification by the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification (ASCP-BOC) is accepted as equivalent to state licensure by most states.
Today’s clinical laboratory scientist is involved in the development, maintenance, and use of new technologies, molecular diagnostic procedures, information technology systems, direction of robotic systems, and in the creation of ordering pathways and reflex testing algorithms. The education and quality assurance expertise achieved in the program are essential components of maintaining the standards of test performance and laboratory compliance.
A degree in Clinical Laboratory Science prepares graduates for employment opportunities in clinical, veterinary, and forensic laboratories; biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries; and management, marketing, and biomedical sales. Clinical Laboratory Scientists (Medical Technologists), including graduates of Howard University, are employed nationally in the following settings:
- Hospital Laboratories
- Physician Office Laboratories
- Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Public Health Laboratories
- The National Institutes of Health (NIH)
- The Red Cross
- Bioterrorism Laboratories
- Traveling Technologists
The need for qualified, competent clinical laboratory scientists is also of concern in resource-poor nations worldwide. Clinical laboratory scientists are needed internationally to assist in building laboratory capacity, developing laboratory educational programs, improving laboratory facilities, and preparing laboratories for regulatory oversight--especially in sub-Saharan Africa and some regions of the Caribbean. Expanded HIV testing and the exploding global epidemic of tuberculosis, including multiple drug resistance (MDR-TB) and extreme drug resistance (XDR–TB), increases the demand for laboratory capacity to facilitate diagnosis and management by providing microbial identification, real-time drug resistance testing, strain fingerprinting and the monitoring of patients’ infectious status.