ASCLS and TACLS Mission/Vision Statement
ASCLS serves as the voice of all clinical laboratory professionals, creating a vision for the advancement of the clinical laboratory practice field, and advocating the value and the role of the profession ensuring safe, effective, efficient, equitable, and patient centered health care.
What IS Clinical Laboratory Science?
Clinical Laboratory Science involves the hematological, chemical, immunologic, and microscopic analysis of body fluids and tissues in a health care environment. Physicians use the information gained from laboratory tests to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease.
The Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) and the Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) contribute to the care of patients in many areas. A MLS/MLT working in the Blood Bank utilizes current immunologic technology to determine compatibility between a blood donor and a blood transfusion recipient. A MLS/MLT can work as a microbiologist and determine the pathogens involved in patient infections. A MLS/MLT can work in the areas of hematology, coagulation, and chemistry where they provide physicians valuable information from laboratory tests performed on blood, urine, cerebrospinal fluid, and other bodily fluids. A MLS/MLT can work in clinics, hospitals, reference and research laboratories.
The field of clinical laboratory science is always changing as technology and scientific knowledge improves. A career in clinical laboratory science is challenging, fascinating, and rewarding!
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