Prepare for MT or CLS Program Admission

Please note: Cal Poly Pomona does not offer any MT/CLS program. The program is listed here merely for the purpose of providing general information about this program to interested CPP students.


A medical technologist (MT) or Clinical laboratory Scientist (CLS) is a healthcare professional who performs diagnostic analytic tests on body fluids such as blood, urine, sputum, stool, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), peritoneal fluid, pericardial fluid, and synovial fluid, as well as other specimens. Medical technologists work in clinical laboratories at hospitals, doctor's offices, reference labs, and within the biotechnology industry.

Minimum Pre-requisites for Admission

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
  • Clinical Laboratory Scientist Trainee License (California State Department of Health Services, Laboratory Field Services)
  • Each program has its own prerequisites. Check specific school for detail prerequisites.
  • In general, the course prerequisites for most of programs include the following:
    • Medical Microbiology
    • Immunology
    • Hematology
    • Analytical Chemistry
    • Biochemistry
    • Physics (light and electricity)
    • Mathematics
  • Other courses recommended and/or required:
    • Anatomy
    • Immunohematology
    • Physiology
    • Genetics
    • Molecular Biology
    • Statistics
    • Mycology
    • Parasitology
    • Virology

CLS Trainee License issued by the California State Department of Health Services, Laboratory Field Services is required.

For foreign degree graduate: transcript evaluation from an acceptable agency and attendance in upper division science courses (30 units) at an US college or university.

Differences Between Clinical Laboratory Scientists (CLS) and Clinical Laboratory Technicians

Clinical Laboratory Scientists generally have a baccalaureate degree in clinical laboratory science and have completed a formal clinical training program. A CLS can perform and evaluate complex laboratory tests. Clinical Laboratory Technicians generally have an associate’s degree and work under the supervision of CLS.



How to Search  for Accredited and Approved Clinical Laboratory Scientists (CLS) and Clinical Laboratory Technicians Programs?


CLS Training Programs in Southern California


Additional Useful Sources

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences

American Society for Clinical Laboratory Services

Cal State Laboratory Field Services

How to apply for clinical Laboratory Professional Licensing (clinical laboratory scienist/director, medical laboratory technician, cytotechnologist and public health microbiologist)