Medical Laboratory Science

Medical Laboratory Science

Program Overview 

Canisius prepares you for direct entry into the health care field with the interdisciplinary curriculum of the medical laboratory science major which is concentrated in biology and chemistry.  

Medical laboratory scientists perform tests to help diagnose and treat disease and maintain wellness. Medical laboratory data is the basis of up to 80 percent of all medical diagnoses.  Advances in technology and prescription medical treatment, the mapping of the human genome, and the aging of America’s population all contribute to the growing national demand for clinical lab professionals. 

What are some of the things medical laboratory scientists do?

  • Conduct such tests as typing and cross-matching of blood and blood components
  • Drug monitoring (for therapeutic and illegal drugs)
  • Identify infectious microorganisms and their susceptibility to specific treatments
  • Determine a patients genetic predisposition to a variety of inherited diseases
  • Identifying anemias, leukemias and other blood disorders 

The Canisius program is campus-based for the first three years. Your senior year is spent in a clinical internship at an accredited hospital laboratory school where students rotate among such areas as chemistry, phlebotomy, bacteriology, immunology, blood-bank, hematology, and parasitology.

The interdisciplinary curriculum of the major concentrates in natural sciences with special emphasis on biology and chemistry. The program prepares you to analyze human blood and body fluids which aid in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases.

At Canisius, this learning experience is enhanced by small class sizes. Our professors that you learn from are trained professionals who hold doctoral degrees in their areas of expertise.  During your clinical internship, the faculty consists of PhDs, pathologists and others recognized for their experience in the various sub-specialties of laboratory medicine.

To be successful in the profession, you must be licensed by the New York State Office of the Professions. Learn more information about the licensure program. New York State has recognized the importance of the work done by laboratory practitioners, and educational programs in the state must be registered by the State Education Department. Canisius is in full compliance with this requirement.