A clinical laboratory scientist, or a medical technologist, is capable of performing — under the supervision of a pathologist, other qualified physician, or laboratory director — the various chemical, microscopic, bacteriologic, and other medical laboratory procedures used in the diagnosis, study, and treatment of disease.
Students pursuing the clinical laboratory science major complete approximately 100 semester hours at the University of Evansville (six semesters) and then complete 12 months of clinical study at a hospital endorsed by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) and the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) of the American Medical Association. The first three years provide a solid foundation based on the natural sciences with an emphasis on biological sciences and chemistry. The fourth year consists of combined classroom and laboratory studies that provide experience in clinical chemistry, hematology, microbiology, serology, histology, urinalysis, parasitology, and instrumentation. Students accepted into a clinical program register for Exercise and Sport Science 478 in the fall, spring, and summer sessions.
Some students interested in a career in clinical laboratory science complete a four-year bachelor's degree with a combined major in exercise science and clinical laboratory science, completing the clinical experience during the fifth year.