Pre-Clinical Laboratory Sciences Concentration
Clinical Laboratory Science is a dynamic profession that is ever changing in terms of technology and professional expertise. The clinical laboratory scientist is a highly skilled scientist who functions in multiple roles. Some of these roles include performing and evaluating diagnostic laboratory procedures on body fluids, developing new diagnostic procedures, supervising biomedical research projects, providing technical expertise, consulting, managing clinical and research laboratory departments, and analyzing and implementing laboratory information systems. The major areas of interest in laboratory science are hematology, immunohematology (transfusion medicine), clinical microbiology, clinical chemistry, clinical immunology, body fluid analysis, and molecular diagnostics.
Career opportunities for the clinical laboratory scientist are readily available and include technical and management positions in hospitals and reference laboratories, research in biomedical companies, forensic medicine, public health, sales and marketing, private consulting, health care administration, and education.
Students interested in this degree must take the University of Mississippi Medical Center's prerequisite courses and apply to their program. To be eligible for admission, candidates must:
- Have a minimum of 58 semester hours of academic credit (exclusive of PE, military science, dogmatic religion, and vocational courses);
- Complete at total of 12 hours of required science courses before submitting the application;
- Complete the following prerequisites with a minimum grade of a C: Biology I and II, Microbiology, one advanced biology course, General Chemistry I and II with labs, College Algebra, English Composition I and II, two humanities and one fine art, two social sciences, 10 hours of electives.
- All applicants must have a minimum of a 2.5 G.P.A.
MSU also offers a similar degree, Medical Technology. See advisor information below.