CLS Department Announces Name Change

The faculty and staff of the CLS Department are excited to announce a name change from Clinical Laboratory Sciences (CLS) to Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS).

The reason for the name change is the result of the combination of two agencies, the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) and the National Credentialing Agency (NCA).  The new agency will now be called the ASCP Board of Certification (BOC). As a result, the titles Clinical Laboratory Scientists (CLS) and Medical Technologist (MT) have been replaced by the new title Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS). Improved standardization for the laboratory personnel will bring greater name recognition and increased respect from the public and other healthcare professionals.

How will the name change affect WSU students?

  • WSU course name prefixes will change from CLS to MLS beginning summer semester 2011.  This includes registration for summer (beginning March 28) and fall semesters (beginning April 4).

  • Students graduating this spring or summer semester 2011 will maintain the CLS designation.  Diplomas will show “AAS in CLS” or “BS in CLS.

  • Students graduating after the summer semester 2011 (initially declared as CLS) will have the option of having either Clinical Laboratory Sciences or Medical Laboratory Sciences appear on their diploma.

  • The major and diploma designation for new students accepted to the Program in 2011 will be “Medical Laboratory Sciences.” Students will be designated as “AAS in MLS” or “BS in MLS.”

  • In the workplace, the AAS degree is commonly referred to as MLT (Medical Laboratory Technician), and the BS degree will now begin to be referred to as MLS (Medical Laboratory Scientists), previously known as CLS/MT.

We hope you will join us in celebrating our new name, Medical Laboratory Sciences.