Medical Laboratory Science & Medical Technology Tracks 

Cornell College students pursuing careers in medical laboratory science or medical technology can choose from a number of tracks and options to become a certified medical laboratory scientist while still earning a degree from Cornell College.     

What is a Medical Laboratory Scientist? What is a Medical Technologist?

Medical laboratory technologists, commonly referred to as medical laboratory scientists, collect samples and perform tests to analyze body fluids, tissue, and other substances. They work in hospital laboratories, doctor's offices, and diagnostic laboratories (Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2015). 

Types of Medical Laboratory Scientists/Medical Technologists

Individuals can become medical laboratory scientists or medical technologists with a bachelor's degree from an accredited program in medical laboratory science. Further certification and education required varies by the state and employer. 

Types of Medical Laboratory Scientists: 

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

Preparing for a Medical Laboratory Science Training Program

Cooperative 3-1 Program with Unity Point Health-St. Luke's Medical Laboratory Science Program

In cooperation with Unity Point Health-St. Luke's Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) 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.


Unity Point Health-St. Luke's MLS 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 23 Cornell course credits with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher and a science GPA of 2.5 or higher. (Note: 1 Cornell credit is the equivalent of 4 semester hours/credits) Students can apply for admission to Unity Point Health-St. Luke's Medical Laboratory Science Program after successfully completing the prerequisites. 

Upon acceptance to the program, the fourth year (12 months) is spent at Unity Point Health-St. Luke's under the supervision of the staff pathologist. The Unity Point Health-St. Luke's Medical Laboratory Science Program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences. Candidates completing the program are examined by the American Society for Clinical Pathology for registry and, if approved, may practice anywhere in the United States.

Please click here to see more information about the Unity Point Health-St. Luke's Medical Laboratory Science Program.

Additional Resources 

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
American Association for Clinical Chemistry
The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP)
Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook