Northern California Training Grant Produces First Crop of Specialized Clinical Laboratory Scientists, MTs, and MLTs

Hospital and independent laboratories can expect stiff competition from biotech companies and molecular diagnostics developers for specialized CLSs and MLTs

In the San Francisco Bay Area, a healthcare training program has graduated its first students trained as Clinical Laboratory Scientists (CLS) or Medical Laboratory Technologists (MLT) new medical laboratory This harvest of clinical laboratory workers is the result of a collaboration of private employers and academia, funded by a federal Labor Department grant.

Last fall, San Jose State University (SJS) used a $5 million federal grant to launch a pilot program to train healthcare professionals, including CLSs. California State University in Los Angeles, and Cal Poly in Pomona launched similar programs. (See Dark Daily, “$5 Million Federal Grant Funds Clinical Laboratory Scientist Training at San Jose State University”.) (more…)