Medical Laboratory Technician Associate Degree


This program prepares learners to act as entry-level Medical Laboratory Technicians. The Medical Laboratory Technician is a member of the health care team who provides clinical information for disease prevention, medical diagnosis and treatment of the patient by processing specimens and performing laboratory tests. Medical Laboratory Technicians may also have responsibilities for information processing, training and quality control monitoring. They perform tests manually, with automated equipment or both. Graduates are qualified to take the Board of Registry examination from the American Society for Clinical Pathology. The majority of Medical Laboratory Technicians work in hospital or clinical labs. Some Medical Laboratory Technicians may choose to work for veterinary laboratories, industrial labs, insurance companies, research facilities, environmental labs or public health. The Medical Laboratory Technician program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 North River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018, 773.714.8880. Potential occupations include: Medical Laboratory Technician, Pathology Research Assistant, Quality Control Technician and Phlebotomist.
Graduates will be able to

  • Practice laboratory safety and regulatory compliance
  • Collect and process biological specimens
  • Monitor and evaluate quality control in the laboratory
  • Apply modern clinical methodologies including problem solving and troubleshooting according to predetermined criteria
  • Correlate laboratory results to diagnosis of clinical conditions and/or diseases
  • Perform information processing in the clinical laboratory
  • Model professional behaviors, ethics and appearance
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