What does a Medical Laboratory Scientist/Medical Technologist do?

Here are just some of the careers:

  • Pathologist/Pathologist's Assistant
  • Medical Technologist/Medical Laboratory Technician
  • Cytotechnologist
  • Histotechnologist/Histotechnician
  • Phlebotomy Technician

To become a Medical Laboratory Scientist or Medical Technologist:

Cooperative 3-1 Program with St. Luke's Medical Laboratory Science Program (MLS)
In cooperation with St. Luke's Medical Laboratory Science Program in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Cornell offers a four-year program leading to a baccalaureate degree (BA, BSS, BMus) and registration as a medical technologist.

St. Luke's M.L.S. program is designed to assure that the student has the basic laboratory theory and understanding necessary to correctly perform procedures, recognize valid data/results and the ability to correlate and correctly interpret results including follow-up procedures indicated by abnormal results.

The first three years of this program are taken at Cornell, where candidates must complete twenty-three Cornell course credits (Note: one Cornell credit is the equivalent of 4 semester hours/credits) with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher and a science grade point average of 2.5 or higher. At this point, students can apply for admission to St. Luke's Medical Laboratory Science Program. 

The fourth year, a full calendar year (12 months), is spent at St. Luke's under the supervision of the staff pathologist. The St. Luke's Medical Laboratory Science Program is approved by the Registry of Medical Technologists of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists, which is affiliated with the American Medical Association. Candidates completing the program are examined by the ASCP for registry and, if approved, may practice anywhere in the United States.

The curriculum of the St. Luke's Medical Laboratory Science Program consists of one hour of lecture and seven hours of practical experience per day in the following laboratory department: urinalysis, bacteriology, mycology, virology, parasitology, histology-cytology, chemistry, isotopes, hematology, coagulation, serology, blood bank, and laboratory management. Upon completion of these courses with a grade point average of 2.0 or higher, the candidate will be granted a minimum of 32 semester hours for upper level courses which will transfer to Cornell and be used towards baccalaureate degree requirements. 

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University of Iowa Clinical Laboratory Sciences Program
The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine offers a bachelor's degree in Clinical Laboratory Sciences through a partnership with the University of Nebraska Medical Center Clinical Laboratory Sciences program. The program provides patient-centered educational opportunities, with theoretical knowledge and practical experience in hematology, clinical chemistry, microbiology, immunohematology, immunology, endocrinology, biotechnology and research. Students can enroll in the program as the final year of a bachelor’s degree or as an additional year following receipt of a bachelor’s degree. 

Please click here to see more information about and the minimum requirements of the University of Iowa Clinical Laboratory Sciences Program.

Cooperative 2-2 Program in Clinical Laboratory Sciences with Rush University
In cooperation with Rush University and Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago, Cornell offers a four or five year program leading to a baccalaureate degree from Cornell and to registration as a medical technologist. Students spend two or three years at Cornell in the liberal arts and then enter Rush Medical University for two years of professional training.

Please click here to see more information about and the minimum requirements of the Clinical Laboratory Sciences program at Rush University.

Additional information: 

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
American Association for Clinical Chemistry
The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP)