Medical Laboratory Technician

 

Program Overview

The Medical Laboratory Technician Program prepares students to function as Medical Laboratory Technicians who perform a wide range of routine and complex clinical laboratory procedures associated with blood and body-fluid analysis which play an important role in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of many diseases and in the promotion of health. A Medical Laboratory Technician assesses the reliability/accuracy of the testing, maintains and operates diagnostic equipment, evaluates patient results, prepares analytical reagents and controls, troubleshoots problems with specimens/analyzers, and performs other duties.Medical Lab Technician in lab

The curriculum includes a combination of general education courses, online MLT didactic lectures, face-to-face student laboratory sessions, and clinical experience in a hospital or clinic. Upon successful completion of the prescribed curriculum, the student is eligible to take an examination for national professional certification, and will be able to work in a variety of clinical settings that include hospital laboratories, physicians' offices, and clinics and blood donor centers.

Objectives

  • Provide a curriculum that will develop and produce skilled medical laboratory technicians that demonstrates entry-level competencies to meet the needs of the community and the medical profession.
  • Produce graduates eligible to take and pass a nationally recognized certification examination upon completion.
  • Provide the opportunity for certified MLT graduates to obtain baccalaureate degrees that build on their associate degree.    

Degrees & Certificates

Associates of Applied Science Degree

Career Opportunities

The U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that in 2015, the median pay for Medical Laboratory Technicians was $60,520 per year. Growth in jobs in this field for the decade 2014-2024 was projected to be 16%, much faster than average. For more information, visit the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics.
 
Accreditation
The program is currently seeking accreditation by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119; Tel. (773) 714-8880.

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