Department of Biology - Medical Laboratory Sciences / Clinical Laboratory Sciences
Laboratory Sciences (CLS) or Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS)
were once known as Medical Technology (MT). Previous titles of MT and CLS have
recently been combined into the title and certification MLS. CLS and MLS are the same degree and
professional position with MLS being the current official title. This is a Bachelor degree with certification
in this specialty. Be aware, MLS is not
the same as MLT (Medical Laboratory Technician) which is a two year Associate
Degree. For more information on the
National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) click here.
Fr. William Stang, M.D. is the Med-Tech
program advisor at
The Profession – The MT, CLS and MLS professionals run the medical testing facilities in major medical institutions, diagnostic laboratories and even small county hospitals. They are also involved in research and industry. Their areas of expertise involve Blood Banks, Clinical Chemistry, Hematology, Immunology, Microbiology and Urinalysis. Blood Banks store blood and perform multiple tests to ensure safe transfusions. They can also separate blood into medically useful components. Clinical Chemistry determines normal vs. abnormal organ function and blood chemistry. Hematology studies the health of the patient’s blood cells and clotting factors. Immunology covers a wide variety of antibody tests for health situations from pregnancy to infection to autoimmune disease. Microbiology grows and identifies infectious microbes and determines antibiotic sensitivity. Urinalysis determines not only kidney function but also can detect liver and genetic diseases. The increasing need for these tests in providing proper health care has made this one of the most secure jobs in the nation. For information on the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (ASCLS) click here.
Job – GREAT JOB OPPORTUNITIES - There are
several levels of Medical Technologist from Staff to Supervisor to
Manager. Many Laboratories now must
maintain operations 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This allows the technologist to choose
daytime or nighttime hours. There is
also need for part-time technologists.
This job flexibility also attracts many people to medical
technology. One example is women who
want to work professionally part-time while raising a family. Salaries vary by location and level of
responsibility. Starting salary for an
MT (this also means CLS and MLS) in staff level position in
Employment Rates – Nationally there is a growing demand for MT, CLS
and MLS professionals because positions exceed available professionals. By
2012 138,000 lab professionals will
be needed, but less than 50,000 are being trained. This means there is a great demand for
technologists. The need for Medical
Technologists is seen in
Katrina (Ruhe) Golden is Point of Care Supervisor at Saint Margaret Mercy in
Bridgette (Qwik) Bonilla is head technologist at Loyola University Flow Cytometry Lab
Anne Marie Vidal sells reagents for Flow Cytometry
Angie (Moster) Alford is General Laboratory Manager at
Getting the degree and certification. There are two major paths for a degree in Medical Technology.
1 – This path takes four years and is often called the "3 plus 1"
program. The student takes med-tech preparatory courses at
PATH 2 – This path takes five years.
It is sometimes called the "4 plus 1" program. The student
takes four years at
GRADES – A student must have a GPA of at least 2.50 to apply to an Indiana Medical Technology program. Be aware, these programs are competitive and those accepted into these programs have an average GPA of 3.25 with the average for some programs being as high as 3.5 GPA.
PATH 1 – This degree has differences from the typical biology
degree. The student must be sure to take
the proper courses otherwise he or she will not be accepted into one of the
training schools. Advice on the courses to take is found by clicking here.
In the third year, the student applies to an NAACLS accredited Medical
Laboratory Sciences Program. Those in
PATH 2 - This path takes five years.
In this path you would take four years at
At the beginning of your Senior year, you apply to ANY accredited Medical Laboratory Sciences program. In Indiana, the Medical Laboratory Sciences programs belong to the Consortium of Indiana Medical Laboratory Educators (CIMLE). Most of the CIMLE programs use a "match" system. You and graduates from other schools apply to programs in CIMLE. The program director will tell you how to apply for the match system. About 70% of applicants get their first choice. St. Margaret Mercy does not use the match, you apply to it directly. The better your preparation and GPA, the more likely you are to get your first choice. Applications to out of state programs are not handled with a match system.
Medical Laboratory Sciences Programs permanently affiliated with Saint Joseph’s College:
Rosemary Duda, MS, MT(ASCP)
Program Director, Medical Laboratory Sciences Program
Saint Margaret Mercy Healthcare Centers
5454 Hohman Ave.
Hammond, IN 46320
Phone 219-932-2300 x 34199
Maxwell, BS, MT(ASCP)cm, CLS(NCA)
Program Director, Clinical Laboratory Sciences
Franciscan St. Francis Health
8111 S. Emerson Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46237
Phone: 317- 783-8195
FAX: 317-783-8801 Email: email@example.com
Michaele McDonald, MS, MT (ASCP)
Program Director, School of Medical Laboratory Sciences
Good Samaritan Hospital
520 South 7th St.
Other Indiana (CIMLE) Medical Laboratory Sciences Programs (you would need to apply after getting your Saint Joseph’s College BS or seek a temporary affiliation with these if you want to do a 3 plus 1 with the program).
Clem, MS, MT (ASCP)
Clinical Laboratory Sciences
350 West 11th Street
IU Health Pathology Lab, Room 6002E
Indianapolis, IN 46202-4108
Phone: 317- 491-6217
Diane Leland, PhD, MT(ASCP)
Dept. of Pathology and Lab Medicine
Indiana University School Of Medicine
CPL Room 6002
350 West 11th St.
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Phone: (317) 491-6646
* Students register, apply for financial aid and pay fees through Indiana University
An Illinois Medical Laboratory Sciences Program (Find accredited programs in your state by clicking here then put your state in the search window).
Carol Becker, MS, MT(ASCP)
Medical Technologist Program
OSF Saint Francis Medical Center
530 NE Glen Oak Ave.
Peoria, IL 61637
Phone: (309) 624-9021
Fax: (309) 624-9150
Be aware, there are other schools in Indiana with Medical Technology programs, but these are associate MLT degrees. They are geared toward high school graduates and grant a two year Associate Degree. Their graduates do not have a graduate degree but can be employed as Medical Laboratory Technicians (MLT).