The Colorado Center for Medical Laboratory Science, a program of Metropolitan State University of Denver, offers a post BS-level professional education in Medical Laboratory Science. Medical Laboratory Science, also known as medical technology or clinical laboratory science, is a nationally recognized allied health field. Medical laboratory scientists are key members of the health care team who contribute to the practice of diagnostic medicine. Working in clinical pathology laboratories, the medical laboratory scientist(medical technologist) performs a wide range of analytical tests to identify a variety of disease processes, including anemia, leukemia, infection, cardiac disorders and cancer. Certified laboratory scientists are skilled in a large number of techniques, including molecular diagnostic testing, that allow for medical diagnosis, determination of therapeutic drug levels, and safe transfusion practices.
The Center offers a nationally accredited, one year curriculum that includes a variety of didactic, student laboratory, and clinical course work in all areas of laboratory medicine. Our graduates are eligible to sit for national certification examinations in medical laboratory science (MLS) offered by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).
The Colorado Center for Medical Laboratory Science is one of the largest and among the oldest Schools of Medical Laboratory Sciences in the Rocky Mountain region. Established at St. Luke's Hospital in 1962, the program was located on the Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center campus since the 1980s. A recent move to a new teaching facility at Medical Center of Aurora enable the program to expand the number of students it admits each year. We take pride in our innovative programs and skilled graduates. Major disciplines in the field include hematology, blood banking, clinical chemistry and microbiology.
We share in the vision of our program sponsor Metropolitan State University of Denver, in our commitment to improving health care of Coloradans and those in the Rocky Mountain region by providing laboratory professionals that possess strong leadership qualities and excellent theoretical and technical skills.
Certified medical laboratory scientists work in hospital clinical laboratories, reference and state health department laboratories, government agencies, the armed forces, and research, as well as in the industries that support the clinical laboratory field. A severe national shortage of clinical laboratory scientists has generated a large demand for new graduates. In addition to immediate employment opportunities, graduates often pursue continuing education, including degrees and medical school.