Medical Laboratory Technician Associate Degree Program
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What is a Medical Lab Technician AAS?
A Medical Lab Technician AAS is an Associate of Applied Science degree programmatically accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES). The purpose of this program is to aid students in entering the healthcare field with the necessary skills to serve as a Medical Lab Technician. This position offers the opportunity to solve complex problems and requires an inquisitive mind to analyze patient samples and data. Medical Lab Technicians work under the supervision of physicians, lab managers or lab technologists to collect and analyze specimens and to detect disease or illnesses. While this position primarily works behind the scenes, away from the operating room, it is a critical component in patient care and offers extremely interesting work.
What Career Options are Available as a Medical Lab Technician?
The majority of Medical Lab Technicians work in hospitals. However, some work in medical and diagnostic laboratories or physician offices. In some cases, Medical Lab Technicians may also work in a university setting.
Generally, a Medical Laboratory Technician collects samples and performs tests to analyze body fluids, tissue, and other substances. However, this role can choose to specialize in a particular area of testing or with a specific clinical instrument as his or her career progress.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians in the United States are expected to increase more than 11% between 2018 and 2028.1
How do I Start a Medical Lab Technician AAS Program?
One of the primary paths to becoming a Medical Lab Technician is through an accredited program. Such credentials give you a leg up in the application process and provide you with fundamental skills to succeed in this interesting career.
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. Upon successful completion of the program, you have the ability to sit for the American Medical Technologists (AMT) Certification Credentialing Exam for Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT).
Why Choose Our College?
For over 150 years, Rockford Career College has provided training for companies to grow and for people to advance in their respective careers. We take a streamlined approach to education. Our curricula help students develop a particular skill set and knowledge base for a career rather than receive only a general education. We train you for jobs that employers tell us are truly needed in your community.
We offer affordable programs that typically take less time to complete and have smaller class sizes than those of other schools. That means you’ll get plenty of one-on-one attention, unlike a big school. You’ll learn from highly-qualified and caring instructors, who have real-world experience in their field. Most programs have highly hands-on classes so you can get a feel for what you’re learning. Some programs also offer an externship off-campus at a local employer where you’ll put your skills to work.
We offer on-campus, hybrid, and completely online diploma and degree programs that could provide you with more opportunities for jobs with room for growth.
We know it's all about a job. Our career services team has done the networking for you with numerous local employers. Prior to graduation, we could help find the perfect job for you. Employers have consistently placed confidence in our graduates' abilities.
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Program length – 18 months
48% of the program can be taken online (learn more)
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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 technician
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.