Medical Laboratory Technician - AAS

Medical Laboratory Technician Associate Degree Program

medical lab technician wagesThis program has been converted to a hybrid format incorporating online instruction with on-campus instruction for hands-on components.  Please contact the school for program specifics and safety guidance and protocols.

Over 250 jobs listed on Indeed.com*

Medical Lab Technicians are on the front line analyzing COVID-19 specimens (read our latest blog about MLT).
 

What Is a Medical Lab Technician?

The greatest aspect of being a Medical Lab Technician is that your job is equal parts science, technology and healthcare. Lab Technicians are meticulous and dependable and are responsible for:
  • Receiving, processing and safely storing laboratory samples.
  • Perform lab tests and recording test results on samples.
  • Staying current on scientific advances in the field.
  • Maintaining equipment to produce consistent and quality results.

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What Career Options Are Available as a Medical Lab Technician?

Medical Lab Technicians typically work in the healthcare field but may also be found in adjacent industries. Lab Technicians may be employed in locations such as:
  • Hospitals
  • Health Centers
  • Animal Health and Veterinary Services
  • Physician Groups
  • Physician Groups
  • And Many More!

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians is projected to grow 7% in the US from 2019 to 2029.1

What You Will Learn in a Medical Lab Technician Program

A Medical Lab Technician AAS is an Associate of Applied Science degree programmatically accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES). The purpose of this program is to aid students in entering the healthcare field with the necessary skills to serve as a Medical Lab Technician. Our program can be completed in just 18 months and has been carefully designed to:
  • Provide a background in chemistry, hematology, phlebotomy, immunology, parasitology and microbiology.
  • Introduce students to the work environment through an externship in healthcare.
  • Prepare students to sit for the American Medical Technologists (AMT) Certification Credentialing Exam for Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT).
  • Learn general education courses necessary to meet the requirements of an associate degree program.

Why Choose Our College?

For over 155 years, Rockford Career College has made a lasting impact on the students and community we serve by:
  • Making student success our #1 priority.
  • Designing courses that develop critical skill sets and expanding our student’s knowledge base for a life-time career.
  • Ensuring that the skills businesses need are the skills we teach.
  • Offering affordable programs that typically take less time to complete and have smaller class sizes than those of other schools.
  • Offering on-campus, hybrid, and completely online diploma and degree programs that provide more flexibility to fit your life-style.
  • Having the best career services team that has done the networking for you with numerous local employers and are here to help.

All of us here at Rockford Career College are here to help you succeed, whether it’s our free tutoring, helpful financial aid options, or connecting you with businesses for that great job. We may have changed names and locations over the years, but our goal remains the same: To prepare you for quick entry into the workforce.

Financial Aid available to those who qualify.

Program length – 18 months (Medical Assistants, Patient Care Technicians and others in the Medical Field could complete the program in just 12 months.  Contact us for additional information.)

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1 https://www.onetonline.org/link/localtrends/29-2012.00?st=IL&g=Go, retrieved 4/23/21.

*MLT Jobs listed for Rockford, Il, 100 mile radius, retrieved 4-25-2021
https://www.indeed.com/jobs?q=Medical+Laboratory+Technician&l=Rockford%2C+IL&radius=100

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.