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Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to commonly asked questions about the Methodist Hospital Medical Laboratory Science Program.
Interested in Applying?
The program accepts applications from August through October 15 for the next academic year's class.

Are there opportunities to work while in the medical lab science program?

Students who choose to work usually do not work over 10-15 hrs/wk and typically work on the weekends or the evenings. There have been some opportunities for students to apply for jobs within our laboratory; these positions are posted on an as needed basis and are not guaranteed.

Is there a fee for parking on campus?

No, parking on campus is free.

Is there a difference between a Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS), Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS), or Medical Technologist (MT)?

No, these are all titles given to scientists who work in medical laboratories. In 2009 the two major national certifying agencies (ASCP and NCA) joined as one under the ASCP Board of Certification,  combining titles of laboratory scientists/technologists. Now the official title from ASCP is Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS).

What is the difference between a Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) and a Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT)?

Medical Laboratory Scientists have a bachelor’s degree. Medical Laboratory Technicians have an associate’s degree or technical certificate. Some institutions and/or states limit the type of testing MLTs can perform. Generally, an MLS performs more highly complex testing requiring interpretations and correlation of data, as well as more intense trouble-shooting processes.

What is the national certification exam or BOC?

Since 1928, the ASCP (American Society for Clinical Pathology) Board of Certification (BOC) has been widely recognized as the preeminent leader in the certification of medical laboratory professionals. The majority of employers hire only nationally certified staff.

Graduates from the Nebraska Methodist Hospital Medical Laboratory Science Program receive a certificate of completion. This certificate, in addition to a baccalaureate degree, qualifies the graduate to take the national Board of Certification exam through the American Society for Clinical Pathology (

After passing the BOC exam, the individual becomes certified as a Medical Laboratory Scientist, MLS (ASCP).


For questions concerning the Medical Laboratory Science Program at Nebraska Methodist Hospital, contact Julie Richards, program director, at (402) 354-4563 or email