Bachelor's Degree

Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technologist

Clinical Laboratory Scientists/Medical Technologists are highly qualified to work throughout the many laboratories within the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology. They perform tests on specimens from Mayo Clinic and its affiliated laboratory services and from clinics and hospitals around the world. Clinical laboratory staff perform diagnostic tests from the routine to the esoteric, participate in the evaluation and implementation of the latest technologies, and develop new tests. Working independently or with other department members, they provide efficient and accurate reporting of results. They have expert organizational and multitasking skills and can manage the pressure of time constraints. Additionally, they participate in managerial activities and may be involved in scheduling, workload recording, inventory and ordering of supplies, education of new employees, and quality assurance activities. Preferred candidates are new graduates or experienced laboratory personnel with a bachelor's degree and graduation from an accredited program in clinical laboratory science or medical technology.

Development Technologist

Individuals with proven competencies and experience in a clinical or research laboratory setting and demonstrated analytical and scientific competence with laboratory procedures are encouraged to consider a career as a development technologist. Development technologists develop, evaluate, and implement new tests or methodologies for the laboratory under the intellectual and scientific guidance of laboratory directors and development coordinators. The development technologist assumes responsibility for improvement of existing methods or implementation of new technology of proven validity; maintains complete and accurate documentation of data generated and work performed; organizes new method validation data, prepares data for publication and peer review, and participates in formal presentations within the institution; aids in the investigation, installation, and evaluation of laboratory equipment, instrumentation, computer software and hardware, new reagent systems, and other specialty items; and participates in the training of laboratory staff, residents, and students in principles of methods and applications within the laboratory. The technologist will play a major role in the development of molecular assays.


Cytotechnologists are responsible for the screening and reporting of negative gynecological cytology cases, and identifying and referring abnormal cases to the pathologists. They are also responsible for screening non-GYN specimens to identify abnormalities previous to the pathologist examination. They may work in the Image Morphometry Laboratory performing MIB-1 and DNA Ploidy Analysis; assist in developing cytology-related applications of FISH testing; and/or may attend and assist in performing adequacy determinations of GI FNA specimens. Cytologists will also assist in the training and evaluation of cytotechnology students. Preferred candidates are new graduates or experienced laboratory personnel with a bachelor's degree and graduation from an accredited program in cytotechnology.