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Medical Lab Technologist OR Clinical Lab Tech?

So I'm college right now for my B.S in Cell and Biotech(3rd Year), and am planning on going to P.A school and trying my best to get my foot in the door for clinical/patient care experince even if its small. Its hard, and I'm always trying to think of back-ups, one being IF ALL ELSE FAILS, to go into bioinformatics, or something related. I recently came upon becoming a Medical Lab Technologist, which works well for me because thats all ive been doing so far in college (chem, orgo chem, bio, micro, physics..etc), however.. most schools in my state offer a CLINICAL LAB TECH Associates degree program. I was wondering whats the difference bwtn a Clinical Lab Tech(CLT) and a Medical Lab Technologist(MLT), and differences in certification (NHA vs.ASCP).. (Clinical Lab Tech/med lab tech VS Medical Lab Technologist) ALSO, im really confused because 1 program at a technical school, says that i need all the basic classes, which Ive done in college already, and it angers me that I could have had an associates right now in clinical lab tech, and gotten a really good paying job, is it worth going to a Technical school for an associates (as a transient student) and then going back to college to finish my B.S? Crazy i know, but I really want to get a head start on some good, stable career. Or should I wait until my B.S, and go to Emory for a 1 year course in MLT, which is a stamp for a really good paying job? SO CONFUSED , HELP!! thankyouuu thank you so much! however, what can i do in that field that will allow be to work (with or without training) that I can do along side with college? I was thinking to take a semester off, and go the associates route, and have some credits transfer, but would that be too much? worth it?

Asked By: KINO - 8/14/2012
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The medical technologist is NOT a MLT--that IS a medical lab TECHNICIAN and that is an associates degree. The Med technologist (MT) is the older term, now called a CLS or clinical lab scientist formally; it is probably the same as the clinical lab technologist-those are all bachelors programs (-ologist = bachelors; -... More
Answered By: Diane A - 8/14/2012
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