How long does the program last?

As the program is designed to fit the schedule of working Medical Laboratory Technicians, the program will require a minimum of 7-8 semesters. The number of semesters may vary depending on the number of transfer credits into the program. At a minimum, 30 semester hours must be completed through Winona State University. The Clinical Laboratory Science Completion Program page contains more information on courses and example plans of study for interested majors.

Will my credits from my MLT program transfer?

Yes, some of your credits may transfer from your previous MLT program. Transfer credits are determined individually as each institution may vary in the content provided in the course and the number of semester hours completed. Visit uSelect for more information (login required).

Will I have a job when I finish the degree?

The nation is currently experiencing a shortage of laboratory professionals. This workforce shortage has been predicted to last until 2018. The likelihood of finding a position in the field is extremely high, especially if you wish to relocate to other areas of the country. 

What are the job opportunities in the laboratory profession?

Although most CLS students typically work in a clinical laboratory setting, some have decided to work in medically related companies, infectious disease and other organizations that require detailed work. In addition to performing the technical work within the clinical laboratory, management and educational positions are also available. 

How do you support students in the St. Paul/Minneapolis area?

Currently, online lectures make the course accessible to student at various locations.  As a number of students are from the St. Paul/Minneapolis area, the laboratory component of the course is offered at a location within the metro area.

Am I responsible for finding my own clinical experience?

As your place of employment may be willing to offer a portion of your clinical experience, your assistance may be requested. The Clinical Laboratory Science Completion Program page contains more information clinical experience.

How long is my clinical experience?

The length of your clinical experience is dependent on your clinical experience and your competency with CLS level tasks. It is expected that the clinical experience may range in length from 2-5 months. The Clinical Laboratory Science Completion Program page contains more information clinical experience.

Where will my clinical experience occur?

Your clinical experience location depends on your current employer and the availability of clinical experiences offered.  In some instances, relocation has been required. The Clinical Laboratory Science Completion Program page contains more information clinical experience.

Contact Us

Clinical Laboratory Science
Pasteur Hall 220
507.457.5270
cls@winona.edu