Medical Laboratory Technician - AAS

Medical Laboratory Technician Associate Degree Program

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As a Medical Laboratory Technician, you could collect samples and perform tests to analyze body fluids, tissue, and other substances. As an integral part of the medical team, you play a critical role in a patient’s health and well-being.

The Medical Laboratory Technician program is accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES). During the externship, you could gain real-world, hands-on experience with local healthcare centers and medical laboratories who may become your future employers.

Upon successful completion of the program, you have the ability to sit for the American Medical Technologists (AMT) Certification Credentialing Exam for Medical Laboratory technician (MLT).

Enjoy Strong Career Opportunities
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of jobs in for Clinical Laboratory Technologists is expected to increase by eleven percent between 2018 and 2028.1

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Program length – 18 months

On-campus program

Curriculum for this program includes clinical chemistry, hematology, phlebotomy, immunology, parasitology, and microbiology. The program also includes an externship in a healthcare setting prior to graduation, providing real-world work experience. This program also includes general education courses to meet the requirements of an associate degree program including, math, psychology, government, ethics, critical thinking, success strategies, and written and oral communications.

Medical lab technicians perform routine medical laboratory tests for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. They collect samples and perform tests on blood, urine, tissue and other substances to check for abnormalities and analyze composition. Whilte they are part of a healthcare team, they often work independently with limited patient interaction

Duties typically include the following:

  • Analyze body fluids, such as blood, urine, and tissue samples, and record normal or abnormal findings
  • Study blood samples for use in transfusions by identifying the number of cells, the cell morphology or the blood group, blood type, and compatibility with other blood types
  • Operate sophisticated laboratory equipment, such as microscopes and cell counters
  • Use automated equipment and computerized instruments capable of performing a number of tests at the same time
  • Log data from medical tests and enter results into a patient’s medical record
  • Discuss results and findings of laboratory tests and procedures with physicians
  • Supervise or train medical laboratory technician

The majority of medical lab techs work in hospitals, while others work in medical and diagnostic laboratories or physician offices. A small number work in university settings. Technicians can choose to specialize in a particular area of testing or with a specific clinical instrument as their career progress.