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Job > Medical Technologist

Job availability and salary in California?

$32-$36/hr to start at hospitals. A few pay more-- Kaiser and UCLA start around $42/hr-- but $32-$36 is what most of them seem to offer. Night shift differential is about 10% and ...

19 days ago
Job > Medical Technologist

Stress Level Question

That seems like the kind of thing that would vary a lot depending on which lab and which department and which shift you get, and who your co-workers and superiors are... The labs ...

19 days ago
Job > Clinical Laboratory Scientist

CLS Programs Spring 2016

Are there programs that start in the spring? Most every program in CA that I know starts in September with application deadlines in January or February. I only know programs in ...

30+ days ago
Job > Medical Technologist

Going no where with a BA in psychology?

That's wonderful that you got a job! Especially since it's even a job that will provide some relevant experience. I think most everyone in the world would say their life has not ...

30+ days ago
Job > Medical Technologist

CLS vs. MLT vs MLS?!

Thanks for the explanation, CLS48!

30+ days ago
Job > Medical Technologist

CLS vs. MLT vs MLS?!

My understanding is:

CLS (clinical laboratory scientist) = MLS (medical laboratory scientist) = MT (medical technologist)

MLT (medical laboratory technician) = LTA ...

30+ days ago
Job > Medical Technologist

Clinical rotations

Don't get discouraged if lab work is hard at first. A lot of lab techs are horrible teachers because they're busy doing their own work and they don't feel like it's their job to ...

30+ days ago
Job > Medical Technologist

Experience

I've heard that veteran's hospitals accept people without a California license because they aren't subject to California's rules. I don't know any details, though-- maybe someone ...

30+ days ago
Job > Medical Technologist

Answer a freshman's questions

My GPA was like 3.2 in undergrad, but it was years later that I took the pre-reqs and applied for internships, and I did well in all the pre-reqs. I had no important ...

30+ days ago
Job > Medical Technologist

Answer a freshman's questions

Pretty much all the ones in southern California except for Cal State Dominguez Hills (because you need to take your pre-reqs there in order to be considered for their internship ...

30+ days ago
Job > Medical Technologist

Answer a freshman's questions

Since you're still a freshman, you should consider doing your last two years of college at Loma Linda University to get a BS in CLS. The third year you take all the necessary ...

30+ days ago
Job > Clinical Laboratory Scientist

Does anyone have any questions to ask a recent CSULA CLS graduate?

For CSULA, there are about six different clinical sites and if you are accepted into the program, you rank the sites in order of your preference and get matched to one. For UC ...

30+ days ago
Job > Clinical Laboratory Scientist

UC Davis UCD CLS applicants Fall 2015

Wow, CLSapplicant, it looks like the standards get tougher and tougher. So GPA needs to be 3.3 or higher for UC Davis... Man. Thanks for sharing that with us!

30+ days ago
Job > Medical Technologist

UC Irvine and UC Davis CLS training programs

Thanks, CLSHopeful-- I was wondering why we didn't have more threads from applicants this year!

30+ days ago
Job > Medical Technologist

BS in Medical Biology to MLT to CLS/MLS/MT

Maybe keep your options open? If possible, you might apply for the post-bac MLT program and also look for other jobs in the meantime. If you can't find a job that would give you ...

5 months ago
Job > Medical Technologist

How to calculate Science GPA

I believe it's yes to all three of your questions-- at least, that's what I did on my apps.

6 months ago
Job > Medical Technologist

Any CLS Students from Texas Tech?

Cindy, I don't know about your program but I bet it does include practice on a real person-- all the programs I know of do. I was very nervous myself when I had to learn ...

6 months ago
Job > Medical Technologist

MLS Program Interview Process

Perhaps a leisurely lab tour will be involved. And if you're part of a group of interviewees, you might spend some time waiting for the others to be interviewed.

7 months ago
Job > Medical Technologist

California CLS: How do I know if my license came through?

littlemascara, I applied for my training license in February 2012 and called and emailed about it many times, but never got anyone on the phone and hardly ever got replies to my ...

7 months ago
Job > Medical Technologist

California CLS: How do I know if my license came through?

That site is perfect-- thanks Whisper! I *thought* there had to be some website where you could look up licenses! I haven't got mine yet but I think it's coming. :)

7 months ago
Job > Medical Technologist

California CLS: How do I know if my license came through?

Hi folks! Here's a stupid question: once you take and pass the ASCP exam, how can you find out that you officially have a CLS license?

These are the steps I've done:

7 months ago
Job > Medical Technologist

Use LabCE.com to predict if you'll pass ASCP

In this thread, if you're willing, please share the scores you were getting on the LabCE.com exam simulator, and the official score you got on the ASCP. Here are my scores. You ...

8 months ago
Job > Medical Technologist

MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIST GETS NO RESPECT AND LOW PAY. DO NOT ENTER THIS FIELD!!

In my hospital in California we have some Filipino co-workers and I think they're awesome, friendly and cheerful. :) Tons of Filipinos in my church as well, and I like them too ...

11 months ago
Job > Medical Technologist

Differences in working in CA

Well, the hospital I'm in there are Clinical Lab Scientists, and there are LTAs (Lab technical aide.) The LTAs do thinks like streaking out plates in Microbiology, helping with ...

16 months ago
Job > Medical Technologist

Differences in working in CA

I'm not sure-- do you mean you're an MLT now and you want to be an MLT in California? Or do you mean you want to be an MT, also known as a CLS? I get confused about the different ...

16 months ago
Job > Medical Technologist

Does anyone work in a non hospital lab?

I wonder the same thing. Or what about research? I hear of CLS licensees being recruited for research jobs, and I wonder if they get paid as well as working in a hospital lab.

16 months ago
Job > Medical Technologist

Mass Spectrometer replacing microbiology staff

I'm finishing up my micro rotation and it's hard for me to see how a machine that still requires pure cultures will save any tech time. As it is, the techs spend their time ...

17 months ago
Job > Medical Technologist

Getting the California CLS Trainee license

You won't be able to get a license till all your classes are finished and transcripts sent to the state. You can apply now, but you'll have to send in the latest transcript after ...

17 months ago
Job > Medical Technologist

Is not having to apply to an internship unique to LLU?

My understanding is there's no guarantee of getting accepted into CSUDH's clinical year just because you did your pre-reqs there. But for a definitive answer I suggest you try ...

17 months ago
Job > Medical Technologist

Is not having to apply to an internship unique to LLU?

Thanks for that good explanation, CLS applicant! Just to add to it a little: For any of the one-year programs, you need to have your prerequisite classes finished or almost done ...

17 months ago
Job > Medical Technologist

Medical Technologist trying to get into research

Oh, one more thing. I don't know if this is true where you are, but in California a med tech makes more money than a research tech, so that's something to know about...

19 months ago
Job > Medical Technologist

Medical Technologist trying to get into research

I was in research for many years and now I'm working on becoming an MT. Experience in one helps you with the other. On your resume, I would list every skill you can think of from ...

19 months ago
Job > Medical Technologist

CA CLS Training Programs 2014: Reapplication

Thanks jvo1! I don't know anything about how competitive the CGMBS programs might be, but I'd suggest contacting some directors of CGMBS programs and asking them your questions ...

19 months ago
Job > Medical Technologist

CLS internships in CA in 2013: how many apply, how many positions?

[QUOTE who="John S in San Diego, California"]For those of you who have been accepted to a hospital or medical clinic directly that was not associated with a school, do ...

20 months ago
Job > Medical Technologist

CA CLS Training Programs 2014: Reapplication

My program director said the other day that you basically need a 3.0 to have much chance any more, due to the increased numbers of applicants. That may just be the one program ...

20 months ago
Job > Medical Technologist

Interested In Becoming a CLS in CA - Need Advice!

Hi wannabeCLS! I called LLU two years ago and the woman who coordinates the CLS program told me I could come over and meet with her personally. She went over my transcripts and ...

20 months ago
Job > Medical Technologist

How did you get experience/internship in this field?

Another poster here got a phlebotomy license-- he said it was a course of several months. That should look good on an application. Of course it takes time and money, and frankly ...

20 months ago
Job > Medical Technologist

Requirements to get a CA CLS license

Hi Coconutpolito--
The 1 year has to be an official internship with one of the programs approved by the state of California. A list is here. Good luck!
http://www ...

23 months ago
Job > Medical Technologist

CLS internships in CA in 2013: how many apply, how many positions?

Hi mango,

I don't specifically know of anyone who was accepted by a school that had rejected them the year before, but one program director told me that she encourages ...

2 years ago
Job > Medical Technologist

Stop complaining and demand more money

Whisper, where did your friend train that got her $3/hour extra? That's interesting because I've heard different viewpoints. Most seem to say it doesn't matter at all where you ...

2 years ago
Job > Medical Technologist

Failed at 1st MLT job

Once a new hire in our lab was let go after only about a week because it was clear her personality was so unsuited for science. It wasn't just that she was getting a bunch of ...

2 years ago
Job > Medical Technologist

CLS internships in CA in 2013: how many apply, how many positions?

I didn't get interviewed by UCI, but no wonder-- they probably have a ton of applicants since they're in the LA area. I wonder how many total applied there. UCI's program is all ...

2 years ago
Job > Medical Technologist

Requirements to get a CA CLS license

Jim, I second what whisper wrote, and if you're uncertain of anything you can contact the directors of the internships you'll be interested in applying to. I've found most of them ...

2 years ago
Job > Medical Technologist

Requirements to get a CA CLS license

Oh, and there may be other acceptable classes that aren't listed on the spreadsheet, so if there's one you want to take, it would be worth asking a program director about it.

2 years ago
Job > Medical Technologist

Requirements to get a CA CLS license

Hi Chani,

Here's a useful spreadsheet from 2010 that lists all the courses, including online, that are acceptable:
http://docs.google.com/file/d ...

2 years ago
Job > Clinical Laboratory Scientist

CA CLS applicant wondering about experience vs GPA

I don't know exactly how they weigh GPA against experience, but I'm guessing you want both to be pretty decent, since there are other applicants with both good grades and lab ...

2 years ago
Job > Clinical Laboratory Scientist

Can anyone answer questions about Esisenhower Medical Center/s CLS program?

Eisenhower is a top drawer hospital and it seems like a top drawer program for CLS. I've read on this board of people getting internships with various programs with similar stats ...

2 years ago
Job > Medical Technologist

CLS internships in CA in 2013: how many apply, how many positions?

I've learned that Cal State LA had 160 applicants and will accept 18-22.

2 years ago
Job > Medical Technologist

CLS internships in CA in 2013: how many apply, how many positions?

Thanks, folks. I'm glad I didn't try to apply for Children's this year after all. It sounds like all the programs are getting about fifteen applicants for every one spot.

2 years ago
Job > Medical Technologist

Anyone going to CLS Program interview at UC Davis in Nov 2012?

Hi mango! Last year I applied to two internships while my last two pre-reqs were still in progress. Neither gave me an interview. This year when my pre-reqs were done, I ...

2 years ago