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Clinical Laboratory Scientists

Medical Laboratory Technician (AAS) Medical Laboratory Scientist (BAS)

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Medical Laboratory Technician (AAS)

Nature of Work


Medical lab technicians work in all areas of the laboratory including hematology, chemistry, blood bank, immunology, microbiology and urinalysis. Working under the supervision of a medical technologist, a Medical Laboratory Technician hunts for clues to the absence, presence, extent, and causes of disease.

A medical laboratory technician performs laboratory tests in all clinical areas represented in the laboratory (i.e., hematology, chemistry, blood bank, microbiology, immunology and urinalysis). Working under the supervision of a medical technologist, a medical laboratory technician hunts for clues to the absence, presence, extent, and causes of diseases. They examine and analyze samples of patient body fluids such as blood, urine and cerebrospinal fluid to provide critical information to the physician for accurate patient diagnosis.

Program Description


The College of Southern Nevada’s Medical Laboratory Technician Program is a two-year course of study that prepares students to work in all areas of the laboratory (i.e., hematology, chemistry, blood bank, immunology, microbiology and urinalysis). Courses in each of the disciplines mentioned above are presented in both lecture and laboratory format. Additionally, students will be assigned to local laboratories to obtain clinical experience. Upon successful completion of the program the student is awarded an Associate of Applied Science Degree and becomes eligible to take a national certification exam. Students who pass the certifying examination are eligible for Nevada licensure as a Medical Laboratory Technician.

Program is accredited by the: National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences 5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119 / (773) 714-8880.

MLT Program Outcomes

Graduation DateYearly Graduation RateNumber of Students challenging and percent pass rate of the MLT ASCP BOC Exam (within 1st year)

Number of Students challenging and percent pass rate of the MLT AMT Exam (within 1st year)

Graduate Placement rates within one year of graduation or pursuance of continued education
2020-2021*100%6-100%1-100%100%
2019-2020100%4-75%1-100%100%
2018-2019100%2-100%0100%
2017-2018100%2-100%0100%

Medical Laboratory Technician (AAS) Requirements

Medical Laboratory Technician Advising Sheet
Medical Laboratory Technician Career Guide
Medical Laboratory Technician Selection Criteria
CLS Work Experience Documentation Form

Admission Requirements


This is a Limited Entry Program. Therefore, an application for admission must be submitted by the application deadline and all prerequisite requirements must be completed by the completion deadline in order to be eligible for consideration. This material is reviewed using selection criteria set by the program. Applicants are notified of their standing by the Limited Entry office.

Find out how to apply to this program through the Limited Entry Office .

Medical Laboratory Scientist (BAS)

Nature of Work


The Medical Laboratory Scientist performs and interprets diagnostic laboratory procedures using state-of-the-art instrumentation to aid in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of disease; monitors the standards of accuracy and precision in the performance of test; performs routine maintenance; analyzes and corrects instrument problems; researches, evaluates and implements new procedures; and may be responsible for fiscal/personnel management of laboratory.

Program Description


The College of Southern Nevada’s Medical Laboratory Scientist Program is a four-year course of study that prepares students to work in all areas of the laboratory (i.e., hematology, chemistry, blood bank, immunology, microbiology and urinalysis). Courses in each of the disciplines mentioned are presented in both lecture and laboratory format. Additionally, students will be assigned to local laboratories to obtain clinical experience. Upon successful completion of the program the student is awarded a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree and becomes eligible to take a national certification exam. Students who pass the certifying examination are eligible for Nevada licensure as a Medical Technologist.

Program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) 5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119 / (773 )714-8880. (http://naacls.org)

MLS Program Outcomes

Graduation DateYearly Graduation RateNumber of Students challenging and percent pass rate of the MLS ASCP BOC Exam (within 1st year)Placement rates within one year of graduation or pursuance of continued education
2020-2021*100%8-100%100%
2019-2020100%5-100%100%
2018-2019100%5-100%100%
2017-2018100%8-75%100%

*Incomplete data due to mid-academic year reporting

Medical Laboratory Scientist (BAS) Requirements


Medical Laboratory Scientist Advising Sheet - Spring
Medical Laboratory Scientist Career Guide - Spring
Medical Laboratory Scientist Selection Criteria - Spring
Checklist - Medical Laboratory Scientist (Spring)
Medical Laboratory Scientist Advising Sheet – Fall
Medical Laboratory Scientist Career Guide - Fall
Medical Laboratory Scientist Selection Criteria - Fall
CLS Work Experience Documentation Form

Admission Requirements

This is a Limited Entry Program. Therefore, an application for admission must be submitted by the application deadline and all prerequisite requirements must be completed by the completion deadline in order to be eligible for consideration. This material is reviewed using selection criteria set by the program. Applicants are notified of their standing by the Limited Entry office.

Find out how to apply to this program through the Limited Entry Office.

Student's First Checklist


New students planning to register for courses at CSN must follow the steps outlined on the Getting Started page. This page provides information on the registration process for new students seeking a Limited Entry Health Science Degree or Certificate.

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If you have any questions regarding this program, please contact one of our Health Programs Advisement Offices.

  • Charleston Campus: 702-651-5885, Building K Lobby
  • North Las Vegas Campus: 702-651-4415, Main Building Room N212
  • Henderson Campus: 702-651-3563, Building H Room 234
  • or email us at HealthPrograms@csn.edu.