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University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center
Publish Date: 11/02/01
Media Contact: AHC Public Relations, (513) 558-4553
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Academic Health Technology Program Renamed Clinical Laboratory Science Program

Cincinnati--The Medical Technology Program offered by the University of Cincinnati College of Allied Health Sciences (CAHS) has been renamed to the Clinical Laboratory Science Program. The curriculum offers a bachelor of science degree and a certification program.

"The reason for the name change is that this profession has a much broader scope than it did previously," said Linda Graeter, PhD, assistant professor and director of the Clinical Laboratory Science Program. "Clinical laboratory scientists are trained to do a lot more now than they used to be and the new name encompasses this evolution."

During the transition phase of the name change, the program will be referred to as the Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology Program. Eventually, the words medical technology will be phased out altogether.

Clinical laboratory scientists/medical technologists participate in patient care by performing laboratory procedures that assist in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases. The analyses performed by clinical laboratory scientists/medical technologists include chemistry, microbiology, hematology, immunology, toxicology, blood banking and molecular procedures. For example, they are responsible for performing microbiology cultures, chemistry profiles or complete blood cell counts to name a few. Laboratory scientists perform manual and automated procedures and often utilize laboratory information computer systems to analyze and transmit patient data. Clinical laboratory scientists/medical technologists are also responsible for the quality control/quality assurance procedures in the laboratory.

The CAHS is located in the French East Building on the Medical Center campus. For more information, call (513) 558-2018.

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