Clinical Laboratory Science
Clinical Laboratory Science professionals (also sometimes called Medical Laboratory Technologists or Medical Technologists) are highly skilled scientists who discover the presence or absence of disease and provide data that helps physicians determine the best treatment for the patient.
Although they are not often personally involved with patients, laboratory technologists and technicians play a crucial role in the process of providing personalized care. They generate vitally important data for identifying and treating cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and many other health conditions.
Clinical Laboratory Technicians (CLT), or Medical Laboratory Technicians (MLT) are associate-degreed professionals, while Clinical Laboratory Scientists (CLS) or Medical Technologists (MT) are baccalaureate-degreed professionals. Much of the laboratory work performed by these professionals is the same, but CLTs focus on collecting, processing, and analyzing biological specimens, performing laboratory procedures, maintaining instruments, and relating findings to common diseases or conditions.
CLS/MTs have many similar responsibilities, but because they have a more extensive theoretical knowledge base they conduct more advanced testing, such as molecular diagnostics and highly involved microbiological and cross-matching blood tests. They also evaluate and interpret laboratory results, integrate data, solve problems, consult with physicians, conduct research, and evaluate new test methods. CLS/MTs also are more likely to advance to management positions (Explore Health Careers).
Advisor: Gayla Adams-Wright
Gayla has been part of the K-State family since 2004 and has experience advising students across multiple areas, including: Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Pre-Chiropractic, Pre-Veterinary Medicine, Pre-Optometry, Pre-Occupational Therapy as well as Physical Science and Life Science interdisciplinary degrees.
She has a Master’s degree is in Rehabilitation Counseling and is currently working on a Ph.D. in Counseling and Student Development. Originally from California, she has lived in Oregon, Missouri and Kansas.
Office: 113 Eisenhower Hall
Eligibility Criteria & Application Information
To become a Clinical Laboratory Technician (CLT), or Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT), you must earn a two-year associate's degree from an approved program and pass a certification exam.
Clinical Laboratory Scientists (CLS) or Medical Technologists (MT) have a baccalaureate degree and have completed an accredited Clinical Laboratory Science or Medical Technology program. These accredited programs may be located within a hospital system or a university. After graduating, a CLS/MT also must pass a certification exam.
In order to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Clinical Laboratory Science from K-State requires (1) completion of at least 94 credit hours of undergraduate courses (including requirements for the major and the Basic requirements from the College of Arts and Sciences), and (2) completion of a 12-18 month clinical rotation at an affiliated site in Kansas City. Admission to clinical rotations is by application only. K-State will then accept 30 credit hours of transfer coursework from the clinical program toward completion of the Clinical Laboratory Science degree.