Informational meeting about medical laboratory science major Oct. 21

October 20, 2011

By Steven Johnson ’13

An informational meeting about the medical laboratory science major at Bradley University will be held Friday, October 21, at 12 p.m. in Olin 205.

The meeting is available to medical laboratory science majors, medical technology majors and even students who are just interested in learning about the program.

“The medical technology major has existed at Bradley for about 20 years,” said Dr. Michelle Fry. “Just last year, we renamed the major to reflect changes in the discipline, so now it is called the medical laboratory science major.”

Doctors of three affiliated hospital programs will be at the meeting to talk about the upcoming year and provide application materials to junior medical laboratory science and medical technology majors.

“This is one route to becoming a medical laboratory scientist,” said Fry. “You would work in a hospital laboratory running just about every test they do on patients.

“The only test that medical laboratory scientists are not involved with is imaging tests. They do not do anything with X-Rays or MRIs or anything like that. But every blood test or urine test, for example, goes through the clinical lab and they run tests to look for markers of disease or see if a certain treatment is working.”

When it comes to job searching after graduation, Fry believes students pursuing this major will have a leg up on their competition.

“It is a really good time to look at this discipline,” she said. “Even though with the current economy, there are a lot of job openings in this field and it is predicted that there will continue to be job openings because the current staff in the hospital labs are all reaching retirement age.

“It is a good career option for those who like working in a laboratory and want to be involved in patient care.”

For more information, contact Dr. Michelle Fry at mfry@bradley.edu or in Olin Hall, room 206.