Medical Laboratory Technology
Medical Laboratory Technology is a profession which combines the challenges and rewards of both medicine and science. Medical Laboratory Technicians (MLTs) perform a wide variety of laboratory procedures and work in both public and private laboratories serving the health care sector. Medical and clinical laboratory technicians specialize in work to determine the presence, extent or absence of disease. They do this by performing a full range of routine laboratory procedures from simple blood screens to more complex tests to detect diseases such as cancer, coronary artery disease, and diabetes.
The registered medical laboratory technician is an allied health professional who is qualified by academic and practical training to provide service in medical and clinical laboratory science.
Some qualities a Medical Laboratory Technician should possess are: good organizational and management skills; communicate well; detail oriented; critical thinking skills; be a team player and exhibit good ethical/moral attitudes and principles with respect and commitment to the patient. These qualities are essential for gaining and maintaining the trust of professional associates, the support of the community and the confidence of the patient and family. The confidentiality of the patient's record and/or diagnosis (HIPPA) must be maintained at all times.
A medical laboratory technician is competent in the following:
- Performing analytical tests of blood, body fluids, cells, and tissues.
- Performing preventive and corrective maintenance of equipment and instruments.
- Confirming abnormal results, performing and verifying quality control procedures.
- Exercising principles of safety.
- Demonstrating professional conduct and interpersonal skills with patients, laboratory personnel, other health care professionals, and the public.
- Establishing and maintaining continuing education as a function of growth and maintenance of professional competency.
Graduates of the program qualify for national certification examinations sponsored by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) Board of Registry or other certifying agencies to become certified medical laboratory technicians.
TJC’s MLT Program has an average 90% pass rate and 90% retention for the last 3 years.
National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
5600 N. River Road Suite 720
Rosemont, Illinois 60018
What can I do with this degree?
Career Options: A Medical Laboratory Technician graduate is employable in hospitals, clinics, doctor’s offices, and state/federal/private/commercial laboratories. Other opportunities exist in commercial industries, medical supply companies, scientific research and infection control.
Academic Options: The TJC MLT Degree is designed to be a career ladder for transfer to a 4-year university. These courses may be applied toward the first two years of the Bachelor's Degree in Medical Technology or another undergraduate/graduate degree.
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- Catherine Baker, MA, BSMT(ASCP) Professor, Department Chair
- Lisa Baker, BSMT(ASCP), PBT(ASCP)
Short URL to this page: www.tjc.edu/MLT
Medical Laboratory Technology Contact Information
Catherine Baker, MA, BSMT (ASCP)
Office: Pirtle T-255
Advising contact: 903-510-2662