Pre-Medical Technology / Clincal Laboratory Scientist
Post-baccalaureate degree: MT / CLS
A medical technologist (MT) 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
- Analytical Chemistry
- Physics (light and electricity)
- Other courses recommended and/or required:
- Molecular Biology
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.