Ever wonder what happens after you’ve had your blood taken? Interested in a career in health care but not necessarily daily hands-on patient care? Do you have a love of the sciences? Becoming a Medical Laboratory Technician might be your career path.
A medical laboratory technician (MLT) is a health care professional who works in hospital and reference laboratories performing various analyses on blood and other body fluids. Areas MLT’s work in include clinical chemistry, hematology and coagulation, blood bank, microbiology and serology.
Graduates of the degree program will be eligible to sit for the MLT (ASCP) national certification exam. (Program accreditation is pending – expected in January 2019.)
The associates degree consists of 61 credits and students take general education courses in chemistry and human biology as well as core courses in all the major areas of the laboratory. This program also consists of a 400 hour internship experience at area hospitals.
Please see the Course of Study for specific information on the program’s curriculum.
According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook for 2014-2024, rapid job growth and excellent job opportunities are expected in the field of clinical laboratory science.
Employment of this type of health care professional is expected to grow by 16% through 2024, faster than the average for all occupations.