Medical Lab Technician Associate Degree Program
Do you enjoy problem-solving?
Do you have an inquisitive mind that analyzes beyond the surface? If so, then earning our Medical Laboratory Technician Associate Degree might be the right choice for you!
Top ten reasons to become a Medical Lab Technician:
1. You can be proud of this career.
The medical field is one of the most vital in our society. Everything you accomplish will go
towards helping your community along the road to recovery.
2. Assist physicians in their everyday work.
Perform the laboratory studies that doctors don't have time to complete and give them your
reports. You'll be an integral part of the medical team!
3. High job demand.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of available jobs for medical and
clinical laboratory technologists and technicians is expected to increase by thirteen percent
between 2016 and 2026.1
4. Work independently.
Become a more independent and confident worker as you analyze specimens away from
5. Learn about many different topics.
You'll study clinical chemistry, hematology, phlebotomy, immunology, parasitology and
microbiology to become a qualified job candidate.
6. Complete an externship.
Our eighteen-month program combines classroom teaching with actual work experience in
a healthcare setting. You'll be able to practice your skills before even entering your new workplace.
7. Operate a variety of laboratory equipment.
Learn to use microscopes, cell counters and other specialized tools.
8. Perfect your record-keeping skills.
Detail-oriented, organized students will enjoy logging data from medical tests into their
patients' medical records.
9. Study blood transfusions.
Our program will give you insight into identifying a blood sample's number of cells, cell morphology
or blood group, blood type, and compatibility with other blood types. Your analysis will be a critical
part of ensuring patients in need receive the right blood.
10. Care for patients.
Although you may not directly interact with patients often, the work you'll conduct is critical to their
health and well-being. You will be an important part of the team that helps patients get back to
enjoying their lives!
1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, United States Department of Labor. (2017, October 24). Occupational Outlook Handbook. Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians. Retrieved from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-and-clinical-laboratory-techn...
Program length – 18 months
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 technicians
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.
Demand for medical and clinical laboratory technicians is expected to grow by 14% or more through 2024 with 68,100 new job openings.1
1U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-2017 Edition, Job Outlook, retrieved 4/26/16
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