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Has anyone taken this advanced degree and if so, what are you doing now? Was it worth it for a blood bank tech? Am  in need of guidance and wanted to know if MLS is beneficial. 

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In the US, a MLS is the professional certification for a Medical laboratory Scientist.  Besides a board exam, it first requires a B.S. in an accredited program.  Is this what you mean?

Scorr

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I think she's referring to a Masters of Laboratory Science.  I think it is available at a few Universities.  LisaMarie, I can't answer your question, if I am interpreting it correctly, but...... many years ago when I was considering getting my SBB. I had a lab director tell me that he didn't care how many degrees I had or how many letters I had after my name, he wouldn't pay me any more.  At that time I was supporting my young family so I elected not to pursue it.  Not too many years later I move on to another facility.   After 35+ years in healthcare I can say with confidence, any thing you can do to increase your knowledge and credentials will open doors that will otherwise be closed to you.

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Any master's degree (including business and public health) is going to set you up for management and/or administrative positions, if that is where you want to end up.

Scott

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it would definitely put you ahead of the pack if you would like a supervisor or lab manager position... I am a MT(ASCP), if we get applicants with just a bachelors degree, they are paid as an MLT, so may be worth your while, definitely can be used to request a higher salary if you apply elsewhere, or could negotiate a higher salary with your current organization? do they offer tuition reimbursement? would you need to take on a lot of student loan debt?

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17 hours ago, Karen knight said:

 I am a MT(ASCP), if we get applicants with just a bachelors degree, they are paid as an MLT, 

Personally, I find this quite disturbing!  :angered:

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I agree with John in his last post.  Either MLTs are getting more credit (and pay) than they are due, or the MTs are getting screwed.

Scott

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2 hours ago, John C. Staley said:

Personally, I find this quite disturbing!  :angered:

I'm assuming they meant a bachelors that isn't in Medical Technology/Laboratory Sciences.

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1 hour ago, James Spears said:

I'm assuming they meant a bachelors that isn't in Medical Technology/Laboratory Sciences.

Ah!  Then the MLTs are getting screwed, and the facility may be breaking the law!

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sorry, I misspoke, yes, if we receive an applicant with a 4 yr biology degree, NOT MT(ASCP), they don't qualify for MT starting pay,  but I really have no idea what they are paid, difference is most likely very minimal, an MLT is 2 year MT is 4 year degree so different pay scale, but again, I would never ask anyone what they are paid an hour, nor would I ever volunteer my wage,  and if someone comes in w experience, they would start out at a higher salary than someone right out of school obviously. but all applicants can negotiate for whatever starting pay  they are willing to accept with in a pay range.  believe me, there have been issues with same pay for same work, people with bachelors should be rewarded,  etc. personally, I am not bothered with how  much someone else is paid, not my business.  I do know some didn't advocate for themselves very well when they accepted position, life lesson. my point was any advanced degree is usually a very good idea, depending on how much you get into debt to obtain it?

 

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Thanks John C. and every one else.  I would like to  teach. I am in the position of management and I figured more knowledge puts me in a better place. 

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