On Oct. 13, the Clinical Laboratory Science program celebrated the graduation of its 75th class of students. Each of the 27 graduates are moving on to hospital positions throughout the country, where they will be performing critical diagnostic tests in all areas of the hospital laboratory. The vast majority are taking positions at nearby hospitals, where they will be serving the local community.
Graduation from the program involves an intense semester of 18 units of graduate level courses, followed by 40 weeks of training at one of almost 30 of the program’s partner hospitals throughout the state. After completing their training and passing of their board exams, the students are licensed to work at any diagnostic lab in California, helping to meet the demands of the modern health care field. With the drastic shortage of diagnostic personnel in California, these students are crucial in filling the gaps left by aging and retiring medical technologists. Students going through the program have risen to the challenge, passing their board exams on the first attempt at a rate of almost 100 percent, and are typically signed on to be hired by one of our hospital affiliates before they even complete the program.
Knowing the crucial role clinical laboratory scientists play in securing accurate results in all of our medical tests, you can rest easy knowing the next generation of medical technologists is trained and ready to rise to the challenge of a constantly evolving profession.