Joanie Brocato, Ph.D., MT (ASCP)
Head of the Department
LOCATION: 1900 Gravier St.
The Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences offers a curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in medical technology at the LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans campus. Pre-professional curricula, which prepare a student for application to the program, are offered on various campuses of the LSU System and at other colleges and universities throughout the state. The medical technology program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, 5600 N. River Rd., Rosemont, IL 60018-5119, phone: 773-714-8880.
Clinical laboratory scientists (also known as medical technologists or medical laboratory scientists) perform analytical tests on blood and body fluids. As vital members of the health care team, they provide information necessary for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease. Clinical laboratory science is a profession requiring precise and accurate evaluation techniques and keen problem solving and judgment skills. Blending the basic sciences and medicine, clinical laboratory scientists may specialize in disciplines such as hematology, immunology, microbiology, chemistry, blood banking, or molecular diagnostics. Medical technologists may practice in hospitals, independent commercial laboratories, clinics, physicians’ offices, blood banks, public health departments, forensic laboratories, ambulatory care centers, industry, and other settings.