Clinical Laboratory Technology FAQ'S
Why should I attend the Clinical Laboratory Technology Program at Rose State College? Since the first graduating class in 1972, the pass rate of those taking national board exams has been high. The ASCP BOC pass rates are published in PROGRAM STATISTICS. Graduates are actively recruited by hospitals and physicians' office laboratories throughout the state due to the excellent reputation the program has earned (see the employment rate of CLT Graduates in PROGRAM STATISTICS). The tuition is affordable; compare the costs to other colleges (see PROGRAM COST). The classes are small and student-friendly. Look at the options in PROGRAM CURRICULUM to complete the CLT Program coursework.
What does CLT/MLT (ASCP) mean? Hospitals and physicians' office laboratories often advertise for qualified laboratory personnel. CLT and MLT are the same and refer to a person who has passed the national certifying exam offered by the American Society for Clinical Pathologists (ASCP BOC).
What is the difference between CLT/MLT and CLS/MLS? A CLS/MLS is a Medical Laboratory Technologist with a Bachelor Degree. CLT/MLT is a Clinical Laboratory Technician who has completed a two-year program with an Associate Degree. At Rose State College, the graduate of the CLT Program earns an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Clinical Laboratory Technology. The MLS is often a department supervisor with management duties. The salary for the MLS may be higher than that for the CLT; however, due to the critical shortage of qualified laboratory testing personnel, several hospitals in the Oklahoma City area pay the same rate for entry level CLT and MLS.
Can I continue my education for an advanced degree? Many graduates continue their education at area 4-year institutions. CLT students should consider obtaining an additional Associate Degree to simplify the conversion to a Bachelor degree. Students that are interested in a Baccalaureate Degree are encouraged to check with the college that they plan to transfer to for additional requirements.