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Medical Lab Technician

Overview

About This Program

Medical Laboratory Technology is a profession which combines the challenges and rewards of both medicine and science. A medical laboratory technician performs a wide range of laboratory tests including microscopic examination of blood, identification of bacteria and viruses, and other laboratory testing that can lead to the diagnosis of diseases such as: AIDS, diabetes, and cancer. Students learn the theory and principles behind the tests they perform and learn to correlate the results with patients' conditions. In addition, students earn general education credits, including anatomy and physiology, chemistry, computer applications and communications which leads to an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree.

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At-a-Glance

Degrees & Credits

A.A.S. Degree (62 credits)

Campus
Hibbing

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Program Features

Flexible Options

The Medical Laboratory Technician program is also offered online to give individuals who are currently employed in a clinical laboratory an opportunity to move up the laboratory career ladder without having to quit their job, relocate, or go back to school full-time.

The didactic (lecture) component of the program is delivered online by experienced Hibbing faculty. The laboratory component of each course is completed with the help of a designated mentor or facilitator where you are employed or at another approved clinical site. A detailed list of laboratory expectations is provided with each course.

Lab tech preparing patient for a blood draw
Career Opportunities

A Growing Field

The need for Medical Laboratory Technicians is growing faster than there are qualified people to fill these jobs. Currently, positions are open for qualified laboratory professionals at places such as hospitals, clinics, public health facilities, business, and industry. HCC currently holds a three-year average placement rate of 100% for students completing the MLT program and finding employment in a related field or education continuation. The program shows a three-year average pass rate of 85% for students taking their ASCP Board of Certification exam within one year of graduation.

Faculty

Laura Parendo

Medical Lab Technician Program Director and Instructor

Additional Information

Accreditation

The Medical Laboratory Technology Program is fully accredited by the:

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720
Rosemont, Illinois 60018-5119
773.714.8880
http://www.naacls.org