Medical Laboratory Technician
What does an Medical Laboratory Technician do?
The Medical Laboratory Technician program prepares graduates for immediate entry into a technician-level position in a clinical laboratory environment. The curriculum includes prerequisite courses in general biology and chemistry along with advanced classes preparing students to provide clinical information for disease prevention, medical diagnosis, and treatment of patients. The Medical laboratory Technician program integrates traditional classroom instruction and laboratory experience with clinical rotations. After successfully completing all academic and clinical requirements of the program, students are eligible to sit for the national certification examination for Medical Laboratory Technicians. After achieving national certification, students can apply for state licensure.
Learning by Doing
Medical Laboratory Technicians (MLT) or Clinical Laboratory Technicians (CLT) work under the supervision of a Medical Laboratory Scientist. They perform phlebotomy and tests on tissues, blood, and body fluids to help physicians diagnose and treat diseases or monitor a patient’s health status. MLTs are trained to identify parasites and other micro-organisms; analyze the chemical content of fluids; quantitate and identify blood cells; test blood for compatibility before transfusion; and test for drug levels in the blood to show how a patient is responding to treatment. Graduates can build a career as a Medical Laboratory Technician or continue their education at a four-year institution to become a Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS).
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