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As you are gaining the education portion of the laboratory field, ASCLS is a great way to enhance your experience in your future career. ASCLS has over 10,000 members nationwide and is a great way to network. Networking can broaden the professional growth and further career development.


There are state, regional, and national meetings that are held continually throughout the year. These meetings are great way to learn new and exciting things within the laboratory field and also a good way to keep up with continuing education. Members receive a bimonthly journal featuring articles on research activities, technology, education, government actions, and P.A.C.E. credits. Members also receive ASCLS Today Magazine with updated information on activities in legislative, education, and other areas.

What is a Clinical Laboratory Science Professional?


"Clinical laboratory science professionals," often called medical laboratorians, are vital healthcare detectives, uncovering and providing laboratory information from laboratory analyses that assist physicians in patient diagnosis and treatment, as well as in disease monitoring or prevention (maintenance of health). We use sophisticated biomedical instrumentation and technology, computers, and methods requiring manual dexterity to perform laboratory testing on blood and body fluids. Laboratory testing encompasses such disciplines as clinical chemistry, hematology, immunology, immunohematology, microbiology, and molecular biology. Clinical laboratory science professionals generate accurate laboratory data that are needed to aid in detecting cancer, heart attacks, diabetes, infectious mononucleosis, and identification of bacteria or viruses that cause infections, as well as in detecting drugs of abuse. In addition, we monitor testing quality and consult with other members of the healthcare team.

The clinical laboratory science profession has more than one career track based on level of education: clinical laboratory technician (2 years) and clinical laboratory scientist (4 to 5 years). Clinical laboratory technicians are competent in the collection, processing and analysis of biological specimens, the performance of lab procedures, the maintenance of instruments, and relating lab findings to common diseases/conditions. Clinical laboratory scientists have a more extensive theoretical knowledge base. Therefore they not only perform laboratory procedures including very sophisticated analyses, but also evaluate/interpret the results, integrate data, problem solve, consult, conduct research and develop new test methods" (www.ascls.org).

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Scholarships for Students Enrolled in Laboratory Profession Programs

There are several scholarships available to students enrolled in accredited programs.  At the state level, students must be enrolled in a MLS/MT or MLT program in Minnesota. 

There are also many scholarships at the national level open to

students throughout the United States. ​ 
The majority of the scholarships require the following:

Enrolled in an accredited program

GPA 2.7 or better

In final year of study

Demonstration of financial need

Demonstration of leadership and community activities


State Level

The Minnesota scholarships are sponsored by ASCLS-MN (includes Clausson Fund and Elizabeth Panning Scholarship) and

Minnesota Society of Pathologists (MSP). 

These scholarships are available to MLS/MT and MLT students. 

The application and recommendation form can be downloaded below.

National Level

The scholarships that are available through national organizations are open to MLS/MT; MLT; HT; CT; and Phlebotomy students.  Specific requirements can be reviewed at their respective websites.

http://www.ascp.org/scholarships will direct you to the scholarships offered by ASCP, available to CT, HT, HTL, Phlebotomist, MLT, MLS and MT. 

The Siemens scholarships are also handled by ASCP, which include fifty scholarships of $1000 each for MLS/MT students and fifty scholarships for MLT students.


Accredited Programs

Histotechnology Programs

Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
200 1st St. SW 
Rochester MN 55905
Program Director Ms. Michelle Nelsen MS, HTL(ASCP)cm  
(507) 266-4911

Phlebotomy Programs

Hennepin County Medical Center

Clinical Laboratories HCMC

701 Park Avenue, P4 

Minneapolis MN 55415
Program Director Ashley Zawacki MLS(ASCP)cm  
(612) 873-3022

Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
200 First Street SW 
Rochester MN 55905
Program Director Mary Kaye Peterson MSEd  
(507) 284-5781

Saint Paul College

235 Marshall Avenue St. Paul MN 55102-1807

Program Director Nicole Schroeder

St. Catherine University
Minneapolis Campus 
Minneapolis MN 55454
Program Director Ms. Jaclyn Schuldt BS, PBT(ASCP)cm  
(651) 690-7764


Medical Laboratory Technician Programs

Alexandria Technical and Community College
1601 Jefferson Street 
Alexandria MN 56308
Program Director Ms. Wanda Haberer MS, MT(ASCP)cm  
(320) 762-4524

Hibbing Community College
Hibbing Campus 
Hibbing MN 55746-
Program Director Ms. Laura Parendo MBA, MT(ASCP)cm 
(218) 262-7254

Lake Superior College
2101 Trinity Road 
Duluth MN 55811
Program Director Ms. Virginia Haynes MS, MT(ASCP)cm
  (218) 733-5952

Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical
1250 Homer Road 
Winona MN 55987
Program Director Ms. Carol Cantlon MS, MT(ASCP)cm
  (507) 453-1478

Minnesota State Community & Technical College - Fergus Falls
1414 College Way 
Fergus Falls MN 56537
Program Director Ms. Wanda Haberer MS, MT(ASCP)cm

  (320) 762-4524

Minnesota West Community & Technical College
311 North Spring Street 
Luverne MN 56156
Program Director Dr. Rita Miller EdD, MLS(ASCP)cm

  (507) 449-2763

North Hennepin Community College
7411 85th Avenue North 
Brooklyn Park MN 55445
Program Director Ms. Aimi Vanden Oever MA, BS, MLS(ASCP)cm

  (763) 488-0279

Rasmussen College - Lake Elmo
8565 Eagle Point Circle 
Lake Elmo MN 55042
Program Director Ms. Tammy Renner MS, MT(ASCP)cm

  (701) 471-5501

Rasmussen College - Mankato
130 Saint Andrews Drive 
Mankato MN 56001
Program Director Ms. Tammy Renner MS, MT(ASCP)cm

  (701) 471-5501

Rasmussen College - Moorhead
1250 29th Avenue South 
Moorhead MN 56560
Program Director Ms. Tammy Renner MS, MT(ASCP)cm

  (701) 471-5501

Rasmussen College - St. Cloud
226 Park Avenue South 
St. Cloud MN 56301

Saint Paul College
235 Marshall Avenue 
St. Paul MN 55102-1807
Program Director Ms. Michelle Briski MEd, MT(ASCP)cm

  (651) 846-1421

South Central College
1920 Lee Blvd. 
North Mankato MN 56003-
Program Director Dr. Stacy Hohenstein PhD, MT(ASCP)cm

  (507) 389-7461


Medical Laboratory Sciences Programs

Hennepin County Medical Center
Clinical Laboratories HCMC

701 Park Avenue, P4 
Minneapolis MN 55415-1676
Program Director Lynn Poth, MS, MT (ASCP) MLS 

  (612) 873-3022

Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology 
Rochester MN 55905
Program Director Susan Lehman MA, MT(ASCP)cm

   (507) 284-3042

University of Minnesota
Medical Laboratory Sciences Program
MMC 711 420 Delaware St. SE

Minneapolis MN 55455-0374
Program Director Janice Conway-Klaassen Ph.D., MT(ASCP)cm

  (612) 626-9408


MLT to MLS Programs

St. Cloud State University
269 Wick Science Building 
St Cloud MN 56301-4498
Program Director Louise Millis MS, MLS(ASCP)cm  

(320) 308-5438

Winona State University
244 Pasteur Hall, Biology Department 
Winona MN 55987-
Program Director Dr. Judith Loewen PhD, MS, MT(ASCP)cm

  (507) 457-2993

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