I find the multitude of titles for our profession to be confusing. Why would a single profession with an already limited visibility have three different titles? It’s an irony as as confounding as putting one hand in your pocket while the other gives a peace sign.
To clear things up for those of you unfamiliar with the terms, medical technician is different from medical technologist. However, medical technologist (MT), clinical laboratory scientist (CLS) and medical laboratory scientist (MLS) are indeed the same. The final iteration, MLS, is the most up to date title.
Now it’s time to get licensed. I urge you to call the various agencies (ASCP, State) to be certain your documents are sent and received. This may be a lengthy process of several months, unfortunately.