Medical Laboratory Technician

Health Careers

About the Career

Clinical laboratory testing plays a crucial role in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of disease. Medical laboratory personnel examine and analyze body fluids, tissues, and cells. They look for bacteria, parasites and other microorganisms; analyze the chemical content of fluids; match blood for transfusions; and test for drug levels in the blood to show how a patient is responding to treatment. These technicians also prepare specimens for examination, count cells, and look for abnormal cells. They use automated equipment and instruments capable of performing a number of tests simultaneously, as well as microscopes, cell counters and other sophisticated laboratory equipment. Then, they analyze the results and relay them to physicians. With increasing automation and the use of computer technology, the work of technologists and technicians has become less hands-on and more analytical. About half of all medical laboratory technicians work in hospitals. Most of the remaining jobs are in medical laboratories or offices and clinics of physicians.


Academic Programs

Medical Laboratory Technology

Medical laboratory technicians provide a wide range of information for physicians to use in diagnosis and treatment.

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Pre-Medical Laboratory Technology

Perform routine and specialized tests to develop data for the diagnosis and treatment of patients.

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Training Programs

Phlebotomist

Students who complete this certificate program will be prepared to draw blood in a variety of healthcare settings. This certificate will enable graduates to be employed as phlebotomists in entry-level positions at various healthcare agencies.

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Projected Job Growth

+6%*

* Source: EMSI Career Coach

Average Annual Salary

$46,000*

* Source: EMSI Career Coach

Academics

Academic students are taking courses for credit toward a degree, certificate, or diploma. They can earn a degree, certificate, or diploma at MTC or transfer to another school to complete their studies. Academic students must apply to and enroll at the college.

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Training

Training students—sometimes called "Continuing Education" students—can take individual courses or earn certificates and certifications. They don't have to apply to the college; they can register directly for classes. Training courses don't earn college credit or transfer to other institutions.

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