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Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine

Medical Laboratory Science Program

Medical Laboratory Science Program

Lab Students

The Methodist Hospital Medical Laboratory Science Program is a twelve-month professional course of study which is fully accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). Upon successful completion of this course of study, you will qualify for the examination and certification by the Board of Certification of the American Society of Clinical Pathology.


“To provide superior education to prepare competent clinical laboratory scientists/medical technologists with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that are required to fulfill current and future professional roles and leadership positions as members of the health care team.”

The following courses are included in the program:

  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Clinical Microbiology & Parasitology
  • Clinical Hematology
  • Clinical Mycology
  • Clinical Microscopy
  • Clinical Immunohematology
  • Clinical Coagulation
  • Phlebotomy
  • Clinical Immunology
  • Introduction to Management & Education in the Laboratory
  • Management & Education
  • Clinical Virology
  • Research Project
  • Clinical Pathological Correlation

During each of these courses, your classroom lectures will be integrated with your technical experience. You will receive instruction on instrument or method principles, procedures and problem solving techniques from medical technologists in the hospital laboratories. You will receive classroom lectures from the primary instructor covering laboratory methods and principles. In addition, the instructor will review with you abnormal patient results and describe the probable accompanying disease, the altered physiology, and the laboratory tests used to confirm the diagnosis or treat the patient. Courses are taught within this large teaching institution where clinical and academic faculty work together.

The Methodist Hospital is a teaching hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine and Menninger Clinic. Because of our close association with the medical schools, several opportunities are available to you. At the end of the year lectures are given by physicians and other healthcare professionals that focus on the correlation of laboratory analyses and pathology of disease. Additionally, students are encouraged to attend the medical conferences presented by physicians from various medical specialties.

The curriculum is designed not only to assure the skills and knowledge necessary to become a capable entry level Medical Laboratory Scientist (formerly known as Clinical Laboratory Scientist/Medical Technologist), but also to provide for a variety of career opportunities. Courses are given in educational methodologies and management principles. An opportunity is provided for independent research and presentation of a select topic. Thus, one of the strengths of the program is the professional versatility.