National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week 2009

April 14, 2009

The clinical laboratory professional is a key member of today’s health care team. Laboratory professionals have the skills to unlock important medical information that is pivotal to the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease.

Every day, nurses, physicians, and other healthcare workers depend on laboratory professionals to perform tests on blood and other body fluids, interpret the results, and help provide a complete picture of a patient’s health. Using modern biomedical equipment and complicated analysis, laboratorians can detect the presence of cancer, identify infectious viruses and bacteria, and measure glucose, cholesterol, or drug levels in blood. Without this precise and valuable information, medicine would simply become guesswork.

Laboratory professionals often work in hospitals, physician offices, or private clinical laboratories, performing laboratory tests and monitoring the quality of their results. Others are employed by university or industrial research laboratories to seek solutions for medicine’s many unanswered questions. And these professionals are increasingly found outside the traditional laboratory, participating in community health activities, conducting environmental testing, or serving in the Peace Corps.

National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week (NMLPW) began in 1975 under the auspices of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (then the American Society for Medical Technology). Now, numerous organizations participate in the event as co-sponsors and campaign supporters. Co-sponsors for 2009 are:

  • Association of Public Health Laboratories
  • American Association of Blood Banks (AABB)
  • American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)
  • American Medical Technologists
  • American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science
  • American Society for Clinical Pathology
  • American Society of Cytopathology
  • Clinical Laboratory Management Association (CLMA)
  • College of American Pathologists
  • The National Society for Histotechnology

In addition to NMLPW activities headed by national groups, numerous hospitals and clinical laboratories around the country will hold celebrations to benefit the general public as well as laboratory professionals. These events are designed to recognize laboratory professionals, enhance their image, and educate the public, government and private sectors about their role in health care. Whatever the setting -- behind the scenes or out in your community -- laboratory professionals are by your side, working as key members of your health care team. From April 19-25, 2009 please join these professionals in celebrating National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week and their vital role in promoting and protecting your health.

A new Clinical Laboratory Science program is available at Allen College, starting in the fall 2009 semester. The Bachelor of Health Sciences Clinical Laboratory Science / Medical Technologist track will prepare individuals for a career in the laboratory profession. The Clinical Laboratory Science program is designed for students to enter from two different academic preparation pathways. The 3+1 / 4+1 option is for students who have completed all prerequisite general education work before they begin the CLS program. The 2+2 option is designed to provide a bachelor’s degree for those already certified as a medical laboratory technician with an associate’s degree. Part-time study is available for both options. If you have any questions regarding the Clinical Laboratory Science program, please contact Allen College for more information.

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