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Thought Wonder in Seattle, Washington

72 months ago

Is there a g.p.a requirement in order to become a medical technologist? Or, do you just have to have graduated with a B.S in one of the natural sciences?

Also, I keep hearing that finding a job is difficult. Are these exaggerated accounts, or is it truly difficult? (f.y.i, I am from Seattle Washington, and hoping to find a job in this area... though I am not sure about the demand or shortage)

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ester in Bothell, Washington

72 months ago

You usually have to have graduated from an approved MT/MLT/CLS program in Washington state to get a job as an MT or MLT. The programs in the Seattle area are the UW's Medical Technology program and Shoreline Community College's MLT program. There are other program in the state, though. Like Yakima Regional Clinical Laboratory Science Program which is for people who already have a bachelor's degree (with the appropriate science classes) and need the clinical year and other MLT programs at the various community colleges in the state (though Shoreline's is the only one that is close to the Seattle area).

All the programs are competitive and look at your GPA. I know the Yakima RCLSP only accepts 8 people per year, the UW MTP about 30. I'm not sure about Shoreline's but they have an MLT certificate you can obtain if you already have a bachelor's degree.

I've heard finding a job is fairly easy, although that is for MT's and not MLT's. I'm not sure about MLT's. I haven't graduated year from my program but I am not too worried about getting a job. I see lots of postings for MT's on job searches and also the people who have graduated from the program I am in have had a very easy time getting work.

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Thought Wonder in Seattle, Washington

72 months ago

What is the G.P.A requirement, if you know?

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ester in Bothell, Washington

72 months ago

Technically for the UW's program they say only a 2.00 in the pre-req coursework but the average for acceptance is MUCH higher (like 3.5). Your acceptance isn't based solely on GPA. You have to write an essay and also interview with the department. Also, you must obtain three letters of recommendations (preferably from science professors).

For Yakima's program, they want a 2.7 GPA for the science courses and a 2.5 overall GPA minimum. They are very selective, however, and I'd imagine the eight people who go on to be accepted into their program have much higher GPA's than that. They look at GPA, work experience, essay, interview, and also if you have taken the correct courses (gen chem, ochem, biochem, immunology, microbiology, etc.)

Shoreline's MLT program is done based on a points system. You are awarded points based on your grades and "enrichment" activities which includes work experience. You also have to have two letters of recommendation and you must complete the MLT 197 Introduction to Lab procedures course prior to submitting your application (or check that you plan to take it). You must also attend one of their MLT Program information sessions I believe. When I looked into this option it seemed really easy to get into this program but talking to people who are currently in their clinical year, they have had some issues securing clinical spots and I've heard some people have had to travel QUITE a distance (to like Whidbey Island and such) to just do clinicals.

If you already have a bachelor's degree, I would see if you have completed the required courses for the UW's program and apply there. At least attend their information session and talk to the faculty. They have one every fall so they should have another one coming up in a few months.

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Thought Wonder in Seattle, Washington

72 months ago

Are they looking for specific laboratory work experience?

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ester in Bothell, Washington

72 months ago

UW's program is not. I believe Yakima's program would weight that more valuable and I know Shoreline's awards highest points for lab aid, specimen processing, research lab aid positions, but they will also award some weight toward a phlebotomy position, other health care jobs, and jobs in customer service.

What program are you interested in? What is your background? If you really want to be an MT or MLT, you can definitely make it happen. I don't think any of the programs are necessarily very strict.

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Thought Wonder in Seattle, Washington

72 months ago

But I have read that you do not necessairly need to be enrolled in to a Medical Technology program in order to become a medical technologist... from what I've seen so far, it says that you just have to major in one of the natural sciences and make sure that you have the required courses.

I'm going to school right now, either majoring in microbiology or general biology. My advisor has told me that the courses required from these majors are the courses needed to satisfy the requirements before going into medical technology. At that point, she told me that I just needed to do a 1 year internship at a hospital/clinic/lab, etc after I graduate and take the board exam in order to become certified.

Oh, and I am interested in becoming an MT, not MLT.

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ester in Bothell, Washington

72 months ago

The Yakima program is for the clinical internship year. It is for people who are trying to get that clinical internship year that is needed to be eligible to be a Medical Technologist. I don't know if you can secure a clinical internship on your own.

I looked into the BS in Medical Technology that Seattle University offers (or use to offer) through their chemistry department and I asked if I would be eligible to sit for the ASCP exam and be eligible to be a Medical Technologist upon graduation. They said I would have to secure a year long clinical internship and that is gave me the info for the Yakima program. I don't know how easy it is to secure an internship on your own, outside of these programs. The Yakima program is there for people who had already completed a BS in science and want to get the year long clinical internship to be able to sit for the board exam. Also in my program we have people who are getting the MT degree as their 2nd science degree because they need it to get the internship and sit for the exam.

I guess you should call around to hospitals, clinics, or labs and see if they would let you do an internship to get the training needed to sit for the exam. It seems weird that people even go to the Yakima program then if you can just get the training on your own, without having to pay more money for tuition and apply to another program.

UW offers a double degree in Microbiology and Medical Technology btw.

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ester in Bothell, Washington

72 months ago

Here is a link I found regarding training on becoming an MT in Washington state:

www.doh.wa.gov/hsqa/fsl/Documents/LQA_Docs/brochure.pdf

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ester in Bothell, Washington

72 months ago

Also, this is from the Sacred Heart Medical Center website:

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To prepare for a career in medical technology, a student must have a bachelor's degree in science plus clinical education in an accredited medical technology program. Many colleges and universities offer a degree in medical technology via two routes of entry: a “3 + 1” or a “4 + 1” route.

Students who elect a 4 + 1 route, first complete their bachelor's degree at a college or university offering the appropriate prerequisite courses. The student then seeks admission into the final year of clinical internship at Sacred Heart School of Medical Technology, where the clinical and professional experience is provided.

In the 3 + 1 route, students complete three years of specifically defined prerequisite courses at an affiliated college or university. The student then seeks admission to the School of Medical Technology at Sacred Heart for the fourth year, which includes the clinical and professional education. In this route, the student will receive a Bachelor of Science degree from the university upon successful completion of the clinical internship.

Either the 3 + 1 or the 4 + 1 route qualifies the student to be eligible to take the national certification exams, which are required for employment.

(www.shmc.org/index.php/page/786)

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It sounds like you are trying to go for the 4 + 1 route, which means you will have to apply for a program like the Sacred Heart one or the Yakima one when you are finished to ensure that you get your year long clinical internship. You can also apply to the UW's program and get a second degree in MT from them as well if you want to stay in the Seattle area.

If your goal is to be an MT, though, it might just be easier to complete your bachelor's degree in MT at the UW.

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erin in Seattle, Washington

72 months ago

Hey everyone. I've read the posts before me and I personally think going back to school for the med tech program is the best route to go. That way, you get to refresh/or maybe improve on your knowledge and skills in this field AND get the necc. training/rotation to qualify for the MT exam. I recently got accepted to UW's med tech program, so I'll be going back to school in the fall. I graduated in 2006 with a BS in micro, and have been working as a technician ever since. And, since I work at UW Medical Center I get a portion of my tuition free. (under the UW employee tuition exemption program, which is pretty cool.)

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Barbara Mattia in Plano, Texas

72 months ago

I have not worked in the field of Medical Technology for a number of years. I am currently registered as a Med Tech with my BSMT(ASCP). How difficult will it be to get a job again in the lab and are their refresher courses?

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Gar in Pasadena, California

72 months ago

Hey guys, I graduated recently w/ a BS in Microbio and took the Med Tech subplan so I've done all the courses. It's just too bad my school wasn't accredited so I have to do my 1yr trainee internship somewhere. Horrible thing is a lot of the hospitals/clinics in my area are affiliated w/ colleges that ARE accredited. The only places close to me that are independently accredited only train for a CLS cytogenetics or microbiology specialty. I don't think my sciences 3.0 gpa is that great either and have no relevant work experience (other than QC/QA Lab work) since I switched career industry (coming from an IT/Web Design background) ... any people who might've had the same situation as mine have any tips or suggestions for me? Any people here in CA know where else I might be able to go for training?

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CLS48 in California

72 months ago

Gar in Pasadena, California said: Hey guys, I graduated recently w/ a BS in Microbio and took the Med Tech subplan so I've done all the courses. It's just too bad my school wasn't accredited so I have to do my 1yr trainee internship somewhere. Horrible thing is a lot of the hospitals/clinics in my area are affiliated w/ colleges that ARE accredited. The only places close to me that are independently accredited only train for a CLS cytogenetics or microbiology specialty. I don't think my sciences 3.0 gpa is that great either and have no relevant work experience (other than QC/QA Lab work) since I switched career industry (coming from an IT/Web Design background) ... any people who might've had the same situation as mine have any tips or suggestions for me? Any people here in CA know where else I might be able to go for training?

You have a few choices. The only two med tech schools in southern CA since you are in Pasadena are Cal St. Dominguez Hills and Loma Linda. In Dominguez Hills, you have to first get accepted to the college then apply to their CLS program to do your internship.

For Loma Linda, they have a 2 year program where once you get accepted without an interview, you do your first year all classes and then the 2nd year all rotations. You then graduate with a CLS degree. Many people do this even though they have a degree already.

Another option is UCI which accepts 1 or 2 people a year into their CLS program just for rotations but it is quite competitive.

Otherwise, like you said, there are rotation training programs at several of the reference labs such as quest that offer you a microbiology specialist or cytogenetics. The problem with that is you cannot sit for the generalist CLS exam because your rotations don't count for that.

On the ASCP website I think there is something about if you are a lab technician for 3 years and have taken the prereqs for CLS then you may be able to sit for the ASCP exam.

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Gar in Pasadena, California

72 months ago

Yea I have read about that on the ASCP site. The thing is w/ that is I'll have to be a lab tech. for 3 yrs under an accredited CLS, which in my understanding means I will have to be a lab tech. in a clinical environment - which most of the time from what I've found only hires someone that has a background in MLT or is certified as an MLT. Judging from what a lot of people say in the forums here, it's a better decision to jump straight into MT training rather than poke my head into MLT, do the same amount of work as a CLS, and be paid less. Now imagine doing that for 3-4 yrs just to sit for the MT exam doesn't seem reasonable to me.

btw are you serious about Loma Linda w/o an interview? I've read about their program before and the $4000 a quarter seems daunting, but my god it was pretty depressing when they said I would have to do their 1 yr courses all over again even though I've already taken them in my 4 yr college. I've also already read about CSUDH & have contacted their CLS director. According to their system, I have to be registered as a student so seeing as to how it's August now almost Sept, I have to enter in the Spring of 09 (since Fall 08 deadlines was in April). Then they say the admission to the clinical portion of the program doesn't start until October for the following July class. According to that, I won't even begin actual clinical component until 2010, and won't be completed until 2011!

I apologize, but with student loans to pay off I have a difficult time swallowing that. Especially knowing that the clinical component is full-time and generally from my understanding nonpaid. Now the Cytogenetics training by Genzyme seems wonderful as they do pay. I've contacted them and they said trainees have to apply for employment with them first. But I've also read here that the demand for cytotechs is declining and not as glamorous as it used to be back in the 80s, so that's another thing I have to put into consideration.

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Gar in Pasadena, California

72 months ago

I have to apologize again. It seems I am just whining, but my situation with having to pay off student loans/bills and needing a decent paying job while also pursuing a career in my interest is difficult, especially when having just received my degree in Micro/Med-tech. If I had known it'd be such trouble trying to get into clinical training, I would've went to CSUDH instead to get my degree. Unfortunately my school said they were in the process of being acreditted but never did. I also don't want to have to take out another student loan, as interest rate is quite high nowadays with the recent govt changes. *sad panda*

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ester in Kirkland, Washington

72 months ago

I wish there was a thorough, detailed, user-friendly website regarding the Medical Technology career. Something like allnurses forums with info on how to get into the career so situations like Gar's could be avoided. The original poster of this thread is setting himself up for the same troubles as well if he gets his degree in microbiology and thinks he can secure a clinical training spot in Seattle. It just isn't likely to happen. That is why these programs (the MT and CLS ones) are filled with people who already have degrees.

Gar is it something you really want to do, that you are really passionate about? If so, don't let the time or money get in the way of that. But if you just want a good paying job, try something else. You can be hired in the lab without being an MT or CLS.

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Gar in Pasadena, California

72 months ago

Yea I'd really want to get into the field. It could've been a bad idea to change careers, but I definitely enjoyed being able to identify heterotrophs, cysts, staining, protein analysis, pathology, bacterial identification/enumeration. But I would say I definitely enjoyed clin chem.

I just checked Loma Linda's site for CLS. Since they don't offer a CLS/MT only certificate program, I would come out w/ a second Bachelor's. The total tuition comes to about $54k after the two years. If I had won the lottery I'd definitely do it because money and transportation/relocation wouldn't be an issue. But $54k add to my existing student loans and the recent 8% interest change from the letter I received is a scary thought. At least LLU starts immediately on Sept.

I only wished the local hospitals and clinics weren't affiliated with any school's programs. It would've given people like me more options, than to wait year-after-year to see if I get accepted or wait-listed.

At the moment I'm looking into LLU's cytotech program, and Genzyme & Cedar-Sinai are supposedly looking for new grads who have taken CLS-relevant courses to become Cytotech trainees. Yes I've read their demand is in decline, but I suppose in my situation, I have to take what can be made available to me. I'm just constantly on indeed searching for any open trainee positions or related lab openings that I can do and am qualified for.

I just wished I could get MT training straight out of college. I just feel cheated being told we were going to become accredited, getting a degree in Micro/MedTech, only to find out we had to go elsewhere to be trained.

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CLS48 in California

72 months ago

Gar, about half of the CLS students from Loma Linda have degrees before they start. I agree, though, that the tuition is high and if you already have student debt, you should look elsewhere as you are looking at about 55K for just tuition and more for living expenses/room and board.

Dominguez hills is nice because they have in state tuition which is alot cheaper, but as I said you have to get accepted first to the school and then apply to the CLS program. One good thing about them is that Dominguez hills pays a stipend of $500 a month while doing rotations whereas Loma Linda doesn't give any stipend. The good thing about Loma Linda is that you can rotate at several hospitals to get different experiences while at Dominguez Hills you stay at one hospital for all of your rotations in each department.

I know of people that have went Quest in San Juan Capistrano to do a training program as a specialist in microbiology CLS tech and cytogenetic tech, which is different from cytotech dealing with more molecular assays. They pay you $11 an hour almost like a technician but you have to agree to work at Quest or one of their affiliates for 2 more years after that. In your situation, I suggest you do one of those.

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superstrame in Pasadena, California

72 months ago

CLS48 in California said: Gar, about half of the CLS students from Loma Linda have degrees before they start. I agree, though, that the tuition is high and if you already have student debt, you should look elsewhere as you are looking at about 55K for just tuition and more for living expenses/room and board.

Dominguez hills is nice because they have in state tuition which is alot cheaper, but as I said you have to get accepted first to the school and then apply to the CLS program. One good thing about them is that Dominguez hills pays a stipend of $500 a month while doing rotations whereas Loma Linda doesn't give any stipend. The good thing about Loma Linda is that you can rotate at several hospitals to get different experiences while at Dominguez Hills you stay at one hospital for all of your rotations in each department.

I know of people that have went Quest in San Juan Capistrano to do a training program as a specialist in microbiology CLS tech and cytogenetic tech, which is different from cytotech dealing with more molecular assays. They pay you $11 an hour almost like a technician but you have to agree to work at Quest or one of their affiliates for 2 more years after that. In your situation, I suggest you do one of those.

Hi CLS48,

i agree with y that internship which pays as if we are MLT, but we can gain experiences and get an attractive resume later. I will apply CSU Dominguez Hill in Fall 2009 and wonder if you have any comments on how to get into CLS program at CSUDH. I spoke with Director Harris about the program. she is very helpful on giving information about this program. I just wonder whether you are in the program or trying to get into the program at CSUDH. How is going?

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Nicole in East Lansing, Michigan

71 months ago

How hard is it to get a internship for certification in Michigan? I will graduate from MSU in a couple years with a BS in Biomedical Lab Diagnostics(Medical Technology) I was wondering if hospitals want a certain gpa before accepting students for the internship?

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Gar in Pasadena, California

71 months ago

Nicole in East Lansing, Michigan said: How hard is it to get a internship for certification in Michigan? I will graduate from MSU in a couple years with a BS in Biomedical Lab Diagnostics(Medical Technology) I was wondering if hospitals want a certain gpa before accepting students for the internship?

The ones here in CA want a decent gpa (at least >2.7 according to papers but you know...). You'll want to research ASAP to see if those hospitals are affiliated w/ specific CLS training programs you have to get into. My situation for example, hospitals won't accept me for training unless i'm attending the affiliated school even though I have a BS in Micro/Medtech. If MSU has an acreditted CLS training program (like the one here at CSUDH), you'll want to speak w/ the Director. You may have to go through an interview w/ the program committee and other sorts.

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Superstrame in Santa Ana, California

71 months ago

It is good to do the internship at CSUDH. How does it work out? I wonder if anyone has already studied the program at CSUDH and if so can you give some comments back on how to get into the program along with going to internship placement.

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Med tech gal in Orange County in Torrance, California

71 months ago

I'm from CSUDH, here is the website that you guys can check out the requirements. First, you need to get accepted into the school in order to register for the classes otherwise there is no way you can take any class because the program coordinator, Mrs.
Cheryl Harris would not let you add any class if you just walk in. All clinical science major students at CSUDH have the priority over anybody else who are not from CSUDH. She is very strict.

www.csudh.edu/Catalog/200507/24%20clinical%20science.htm

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Hortencia in Long Beach, California

70 months ago

Med tech gal in Orange County in Torrance, California said: I'm from CSUDH, here is the website that you guys can check out the requirements. First, you need to get accepted into the school in order to register for the classes otherwise there is no way you can take any class because the program coordinator, Mrs.
Cheryl Harris would not let you add any class if you just walk in. All clinical science major students at CSUDH have the priority over anybody else who are not from CSUDH. She is very strict.

www.csudh.edu/Catalog/200507/24%20clinical%20science.htm

Hi Med Tech Gal,
I was hoping you could guide me a little.
I began taking general courses towards a BSMT outside of the U.S. about 10 years ago (yeah, I know). Like many people out there I had to quit so after working in other fields, I decided to retake my carreer goal so I registered at LBCC and just began classes this fall to re-take my GE's. After that I plan to transfer to CSUDH for my BSMT. I am only able to take a few classes a semester because I have to work full time. At what point should I think about applying to CSUDH so I don't miss any important datelines and create even bigger gaps in my education. Too long has passed so I need to do this in the least time possible even though I am aware it will take some time but at the end it will be all worth it. You said that Mrs. Harris is very strict. Is it very hard to get accepted at CSUDH?

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helenna in Los Angeles, California

61 months ago

hi, if you don't mind relocating. try UCSF medical center, they offer 1 year training in limited category like micro.

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laaateeedaaaah in Hazel Crest, Illinois

58 months ago

Thought Wonder in Seattle, Washington said: Is there a g.p.a requirement in order to become a medical technologist? Or, do you just have to have graduated with a B.S in one of the natural sciences?

Also, I keep hearing that finding a job is difficult. Are these exaggerated accounts, or is it truly difficult? (f.y.i, I am from Seattle Washington, and hoping to find a job in this area... though I am not sure about the demand or shortage)

Actually, from everything im hearing, the job market for medical technology right now is wide open baby! which is why im going into it! the problem is that it pays more to other stuff like RNs and people r just losing interest

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lisa

58 months ago

You might want to consider University of Nevada, Las Vegas for their CLS post-baccalaureate certificate program if you are in Southern California. I don't know how your credits would transfer, but you could take a look at the program. Today I am NOT happy with the program, but two or three days ago I was perfectly happy with it (and this is not the first time it's been like this), so if you can deal with some ups and downs it's a pretty decent program.

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lisa

58 months ago

One other comment for prospective MT's: If you are coming out of a non-laboratory and/or non-science background, brace yourself. If accepted into the program (and people are accepted from non-science and non-laboratory majors as long as they have the prereqs, GPA's and other requirements satisfied). I'm not saying you can't pass, but you will have to work very hard. There's just a lot that's assumed (medical terminology, biochemistry concepts, laboratory techniques and knowledge of equipment, dexterity) that isn't "advertised" when they recruit for a CLS program. When you are trying to master the vocabulary, the manipulative skills AND deal with the stated course material, it can get pretty rough. When all is said and done, though, I really like the course material.

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Homerh in Long Beach, California

53 months ago

If you have a bachelors already, do you still need to complete all of the pre-reqs for Loma Linda before you can get into their program.

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CLS48 in California

53 months ago

Homerh in Long Beach, California said: If you have a bachelors already, do you still need to complete all of the pre-reqs for Loma Linda before you can get into their program.

Yes you do. If your bachelors was in some kind of science, you shouldn't be too far off from the prereqs.

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CLS48 in California

53 months ago

www.llu.edu/allied-health/sahp/clinlab/faqs.page

From Loma Linda's FAQ for CLS program:

"Do I have to complete all the prerequisites before I apply?
No, you do not need to have all your prerequisites completed before you apply. Simply complete the section on the application called "Projected Study Plan" so that the admissions committee knows when you plan to complete the prerequisites. Many of our applicants take prerequisite courses during the summer session immediately before the program begins in August.

How long does it usually take to complete all the prerequisites?
It usually takes a minimum of two years at another college to complete all prerequisites.

Look at www.llu.edu/allied-health/sahp/clinlab/mtprogramprere.page? for a list of prerequisites. If you plan on attending a local community college or university, look at www.llu.edu/alled-health/sahp/transfer/index.page, select the school you plan on attending, scroll down to page three, and check the transfer courses at that school.

I already have a bachelor's degree, can I enroll for just the clinical training portion of your program?
No, we do not accept students for the clinical training portion only. Even though you already have a BS or BA, if you join our program, you would still enter at the junior-year level and would receive a second bachelor's degree at the end of the senior year.

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eugene in Downey, California

51 months ago

Hey guys,I am a graduate of medical technology in the philippines and am new in the states.I want to purse my career,but i dont know where to go to get cretified and if my university back in the philippines is accredited.Hope you can help me.Thank you.

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CLS-Hopeful in Glendale, California

51 months ago

Eugene,

First I believe you need to have your scores/grades you obtained from your degree in the Philippines converted to our grading scale. If you have already, then it is most likely that your education was approved by the U.S. Furthermore, if you have done some leg work already on this topic, most foreign graduates take the ASCPi board exams. You are not eligible to take the ASCP board exams because you were not educated here. So you must take the international version which is accepted all the same. Once you qualify to take that exam, pass it, then you can take the CA quiz and obtain your license.

Other than that, you should not have any problems doing this since cooperating agencies that govern the Clinical Scientist/Medical Technologist profession widely accept the education provided to medical technologist students in the Philippines.

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h1b in Goodland, Kansas

51 months ago

eugene,

yeah, take the ascpi exams. once you passed it, that should qualify you to be a CLS in the state of California. You also need to have a VISA SCREEN issued by ICHP and since you are a foreign graduate. You need to take english exams (IELTS) for the VISA SCREEN.

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B aden in Seattle, Washington

51 months ago

hey guys i have Bachelor degree in microbiology and chemistry. can you tell me about the difference between the categorical certification and the generalist MT's what are the advantages and dis advantages hope you help be know the difference before i enroll to any program. thank you.

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zeckor in Flushing, New York

49 months ago

in new york, do cytogenetic technologist get more paid, or almost the same paid as medical technologist??

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hopeful in Ceres, California

45 months ago

Hi med Tech gal do you mind sharing your email address because i just got accepted to the med tech program at CSUDH and had a couple of questions. I would really appreciate it. Thanks

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drehac in Bakersfield, California

45 months ago

you armenian?

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pooh in Las Vegas, Nevada

44 months ago

hello guys! need advise. i'm a med tech graduate from the phils 10 years ago. i didnt work as a med tech for some reasons but now wants to try a career as a medical technologist/CLS with lots of issues wih the application process.

1) am i eligible to take AMT or ASCPi even if i've graduated 10 yrs ago?
2) do i need lab/clinical experience in US? i only have internship as my lab experience.

i'm trying to go through ASCPi online (using route 1. actually tried all routes) but i dont know what to put/choose in the Accredited Program Information. is the work experience they're asking should be clinical lab experience? my credentials were evaluated and they're ok.

with AMT application, on part V. RECOMMENDATION FOR CERIFICATION, it is stated that if i have graduated from healthcare training program more than 3 yrs ago, this part should be completed. should this be a lab-related experience? please advise! thanks!

need advise. thanks! goodluck to all who will be taking the exam!

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Angela in Harker Heights, Texas

30 months ago

Hey everyone, considering the med technologist career, I will have my bachelor's degree in a year and a half, I understand that you had to apply and be accepted into the clinical portion, but because I'll be finishing my second degree, i don't have alot of undergraduate loans/financial aid options, how did all of you pay for cost of living expenses, along with the intership, since I have read its in your best interest not to work while in the program?, My school doesn't offer financial aid in the clinical portion, does anyone know of schools in texas that do?

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Sandra in La Puente, California

28 months ago

Dear CLS48, I desperately need your help....please help me......

I have an undergrad in Bio with 3.9 GPA from University of Missouri. Now I moved to L.A trying to get into a CLS program...But I don't have hematology, immunology, medical microbiology and analytic chemistry for my prerequisite.I'm trying to apply for the program next year, and I want to knock down those prerequisite. I searched thru the community colleges, no one seems to offer these upper level classes. And UC system and CSU system, their deadline for application is over already. So do you maybe know how can i satisfy my prerequisite courses?

Also, I had one year experience in my professor's research lab in my undergrad year. However, I don't have any clinical lab experience. Do you have any suggestions where I can work for now to get some clinical experience? Cuz most lab require license to work for them.....

Appreciate your useful advises and posts on this forum!

Sincerely

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Sandra in La Puente, California

28 months ago

Dear CLS48, I desperately need your help....please help me......

I have an undergrad in Bio with 3.9 GPA from University of Missouri. Now I moved to L.A trying to get into a CLS program...But I don't have hematology, immunology, medical microbiology and analytic chemistry for my prerequisite.I'm trying to apply for the program next year, and I want to knock down those prerequisite. I searched thru the community colleges, no one seems to offer these upper level classes. And UC system and CSU system, their deadline for application is over already. So do you maybe know how can i satisfy my prerequisite courses?

Also, I had one year experience in my professor's research lab in my undergrad year. However, I don't have any clinical lab experience. Do you have any suggestions where I can work for now to get some clinical experience? Cuz most lab require license to work for them.....

Appreciate your useful advises and posts on this forum!

Sincerely

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Sandra in La Puente, California

28 months ago

Dear CLS48, I desperately need your help....please help me......

I have an undergrad in Bio with 3.9 GPA from University of Missouri. Now I moved to L.A trying to get into a CLS program...But I don't have hematology, immunology, medical microbiology and analytic chemistry for my prerequisite.I'm trying to apply for the program next year, and I want to knock down those prerequisite. I searched thru the community colleges, no one seems to offer these upper level classes. And UC system and CSU system, their deadline for application is over already. So do you maybe know how can i satisfy my prerequisite courses?

Also, I had one year experience in my professor's research lab in my undergrad year. However, I don't have any clinical lab experience. Do you have any suggestions where I can work for now to get some clinical experience? Cuz most lab require license to work for them.....

Appreciate your useful advises and posts on this forum!

Sincerely

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Sandra in La Puente, California

28 months ago

Dear CLS48, I desperately need your help....please help me......

I have an undergrad in Bio with 3.9 GPA from University of Missouri. Now I moved to L.A trying to get into a CLS program...But I don't have hematology, immunology, medical microbiology and analytic chemistry for my prerequisite.I'm trying to apply for the program next year, and I want to knock down those prerequisite. I searched thru the community colleges, no one seems to offer these upper level classes. And UC system and CSU system, their deadline for application is over already. So do you maybe know how can i satisfy my prerequisite courses?

Also, I had one year experience in my professor's research lab in my undergrad year. However, I don't have any clinical lab experience. Do you have any suggestions where I can work for now to get some clinical experience? Cuz most lab require license to work for them.....

Appreciate your useful advises and posts on this forum!

Sincerely

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CLS48 in California

28 months ago

Hi Sandra,

I'm not sure who would offer those classes. When I went to the CLS program in Loma Linda, I didn't have those classes either. I took hematology, immunology, medical microbiology and even chemistry my 1st year at Loma Linda. The 2nd year was all rotations. I suggest you look at that school as it might be your best hope. Half the students have degrees already as did I.

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Gar in Pasadena, California

28 months ago

Sandra in La Puente, California said: Dear CLS48, I desperately need your help....please help me......

I have an undergrad in Bio with 3.9 GPA from University of Missouri. Now I moved to L.A trying to get into a CLS program...But I don't have hematology, immunology, medical microbiology and analytic chemistry for my prerequisite.I'm trying to apply for the program next year, and I want to knock down those prerequisite. I searched thru the community colleges, no one seems to offer these upper level classes. And UC system and CSU system, their deadline for application is over already. So do you maybe know how can i satisfy my prerequisite courses?

Also, I had one year experience in my professor's research lab in my undergrad year. However, I don't have any clinical lab experience. Do you have any suggestions where I can work for now to get some clinical experience? Cuz most lab require license to work for them.....

Appreciate your useful advises and posts on this forum!

Sincerely

You won't find any CC in CA that will teach those classes since like you said they are upper division. You also won't find any clinical experience in time either since you need to be a licensed medical lab technician and that'll take 6 months the least in some trade schools. Frankly I think that's a waste of time since you won't have any "real" work experience by the time CSUs and UCs open up their application enrollments again.

Since you have a 3.9 in Bio, I suggest doing a master's degree in CLS/MT over at CSUDH or at Loma Linda. I'm not sure how the curriculum is like at LL but at CSUDH you'll do the prereqs that you don't have, finish them, interview with a panel, and then do your 1 yr clinical rotation. After which, you get a master's in CLS/MT and can then sit for your board.

The only way you'll really get [clinical] lab experience in california is if you get a license, though the term is quite broad so being a phlebotomist also counts.

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Sandra in La Puente, California

28 months ago

CLS48 in California said: Hi Sandra,

I'm not sure who would offer those classes. When I went to the CLS program in Loma Linda, I didn't have those classes either. I took hematology, immunology, medical microbiology and even chemistry my 1st year at Loma Linda. The 2nd year was all rotations. I suggest you look at that school as it might be your best hope. Half the students have degrees already as did I.

CLS48, thanks for your fast reply! I did check llu already. Their program looks good, but the only problem is that it's just too expensive. 60K where most school only charge $12000 and even with uci and ucd for free.... And also their classes are all for 2 semesters, like hemma, immu,clinical chem etc. =(

But thank you very much again for the reply! thanks for the help! =)

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Gar in Pasadena, California

28 months ago

Sandra in La Puente, California said: CLS48, thanks for your fast reply! I did check llu already. Their program looks good, but the only problem is that it's just too expensive. 60K where most school only charge $12000 and even with uci and ucd for free.... And also their classes are all for 2 semesters, like hemma, immu,clinical chem etc. =(

But thank you very much again for the reply! thanks for the help! =)

Hmm the reason why it's expensive is because it's a program w/ degree and included clinical training. There are free CLS clinical training programs, yes, but they mostly assume you have the prereqs done already and also they choose applicants thru a selection process.

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CLSApplicant in Half Moon Bay, California

28 months ago

Sandra in La Puente, California said: CLS48, thanks for your fast reply! I did check llu already. Their program looks good, but the only problem is that it's just too expensive. 60K where most school only charge $12000 and even with uci and ucd for free.... And also their classes are all for 2 semesters, like hemma, immu,clinical chem etc. =(

But thank you very much again for the reply! thanks for the help! =)

I took the pre-reqs online for Hematology and Analytical Chemistry through Weber State University. The sign up is really easy and you just need to find a proctor to take the exams. UC Berkeley Extension also offers Immunology online.

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