Laboratory Careers in Washington State
Medical laboratory professionals perform laboratory tests necessary to provide information for use by physicians in detecting, diagnosing or treating diseases. They are vital members of the health care team; 70-80% of all clinical diagnosis is based, in some way, on laboratory test results.
The minimum education requirements for the Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) / Medical Technologist (MT) is the completion of a Bachelor’s Degree program, which includes three to four years of course work plus a clinical experience in an accredited educational program in clinical laboratory science. Academic course work is available at Central Washington University, Eastern Washington University, Pacific Lutheran University, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle University, the University of Washington and Washington State University. The education programs providing the clinical experience are Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, the University of Washington, and Heritage University CLS Program.
The most common training for the Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) is a two-year Associate Degree program. In Washington, training for MLT-AD is available at Clover Park Technical College, Shoreline Community College and Wenatchee Valley College. Wenatchee Valley College also has regional programs located in Spokane, Omak, Tri-Cities, Pendleton, Walla Walla, and Moses Lake.
There are no schools for Cytotechnology (CT) in Washington at the current time. Information about Cytotechnology can be obtained from the American Society for Cytotechnology. Clover Park Technical College in Lakewood has an associate degree histology technician program. The National Society for Histotechnology
Information on cytogenetics training, can be obtained from the Association of Genetic Technologists.
3240 Fort Road
Toppenish, WA 98948
Contact: Shawna Martin, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM
Phone: (509) 454-6100
101 West 8th Avenue
Spokane, WA 99220
Contact: Laurianne Mullinax, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM
Phone: (509) 474-3382
Department of Laboratory Medicine
Seattle, WA 98195
Contact: Max Louzon, MLS(ASCP), SBB(ASCP)
Phone: (206) 598-6189
Medical Laboratory Technician Program
4500 Steilacom Blvd. SW
Lakewood, WA 98499-4098
Contact: Terry Kotrla, MS, MT(ASCP)BB
Phone: (253) 589-5625
Website: Clover Park Technical College
16101 Greenwood Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98133-5696
Contact: Esther Lim, MLS(ASCP)
Phone: (206) 546-6947
1300 5th Street
Wenatchee, WA 98801
Contact: Patrick Tracy, MA, MT(ASCP)
Phone: (509) 682-6668