Clinical Laboratory Science
Clinical Laboratory Scientist

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Salary: $36,831 - $51,678
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Hourly: $18.47 - $27.87
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Outlook: 3 Stars
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Length of Training: 4 years
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Length of Training
Bachelor's degree programs in medical technology require four years of college education and completion of an accredited Clinical Lab Science program. Prerequisite courses involve extensive preparation in biological and chemistry courses. The CLS program involves one year of clinical laboratory education and experience in an accredited healthcare facility. Graduate degrees are required for faculty positions in colleges and universities.

Licensure/Certification

Texas does not currently require a license to practice clinical laboratory science. However, most employers require certification for employment. Those who graduate from accredited medical laboratory science programs are eligible to take the national certification examinations that are administered by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP), the American Medical Technologists (AMT), and the National Credentialing Agency (NCA). Certifcation establishes an individual's professional credibility and improves employment opportunities.

Educational Programs
University or College City Degree*
Angelo State University San Angelo B
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Lamar University Beaumont B
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Midwestern State University Wichita Falls B
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Tarleton State University Stephenville B,M
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Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Corpus Christi B
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Texas Southern University Houston B
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Texas State University-San Marcos San Marcos B
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Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center-Lubbock Lubbock B
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Texas Woman's University Denton B
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The University of Texas at Arlington Arlington B
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The University of Texas at Austin Austin B
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The University of Texas at El Paso El Paso B
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The University of Texas at San Antonio San Antonio B
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The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio San Antonio C,B,M
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The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Houston B
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The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston Galveston B
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The University of Texas Pan American Edinburg B
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The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Dallas B
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University of Houston Houston B
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University of North Texas Denton B
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West Texas A&M University Canyon B
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*D- Doctorate  M-Masters  B-Bachelor  A-Associates  C-Certificate