An In-Demand and Versatile Career
Since an estimated 70% of all medical diagnoses rely on the analysis of lab work, medical laboratory scientists have a vital role to play in patient care. They provide physicians with invaluable information crucial to the diagnosis, therapy monitoring, and prognosis of their patients. The prevalence of chronic disease, a larger aging population, demands for personalized medicine, and the increased use of lab work in data collection will continue to drive the need for MLS professionals.
With employment opportunities expected to grow 12 percent between 2016 and 2026, medical laboratory scientists are in increasing demand. Oregon Tech-OHSU MLS graduates are prepared at the highest level and our job placement of 100% rate shows it. As a result of our high standards and field-ready education, most of our graduates are offered jobs before graduation.
Graduates have a wide choice of practice settings: hospitals, independent laboratories, clinics, public health facilities, forensic crime laboratories, sales and marketing of diagnostic instruments and reagents, federal and state regulatory agencies, and research and development of future clinical tests and instruments.