Medical Laboratory Technician
Associate Degree Program
The Medical Laboratory Technician associate degree program is a nationally accredited program that prepares the student who wishes to seek employment as a medical laboratory technician. Medical laboratory technicians perform routine laboratory procedures on blood, tissue, and other bodily fluids. As a medical laboratory technician, you will work under a medical laboratory scientist to report lab results to medical personnel, focus on blood banking, hematology, immunology, or microbiology. After graduation, you will be prepared to work in a laboratory setting and can be employed as a technician in research centers, pharmaceutical laboratories or biomedical laboratories, or as a quality control technician in food processing or manufacturing companies.
Upon successful completion of this program, you will be eligible to sit for the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) registry exam for Medical Laboratory Technicians.
Academically ready students can apply to the program following the guidelines of the Allied Health competitive admission process. Interested applicants should review the information provided here and contact their program advisor for application requirements.
Offered at the Georgetown Campus.
What You Can Do
In this program, you will gain the knowledge and skills to prepare you for positions in:
- Research Centers
- Biomedical laboratories
- Commercial labs
- Food processing companies
- Manufacturing companies
- Public health facilities
- Pharmaceutical Industry
What You Will Earn
Competitive starting salaries range from $ 35,000 - $38,000.
What You Will Learn
Program Graduate Competencies
The Program Graduate Competencies listed below identify the major learning goals related to your specific program of study and identify the knowledge and skills you will have when you graduate to be successful in your chosen field.
- Collect, process, and analyze biological specimens and other related substances.
- Recognize factors that affect procedures and results, and take appropriate actions within predetermined limits when corrections are indicated.
- Perform and monitor quality control within predetermined limits.
- Apply basic scientific principles for application in medical laboratory procedures and methodologies.
- Employ safety principles according to health and environmental regulations.
- Correlate laboratory results with common disease processes and treatments for diagnosis.
- Demonstrate professional conduct and interpersonal communication skills with patients, laboratory personnel, other healthcare personnel, and the public.
Core Curriculum Competencies
The Core Curriculum Competencies listed below identify what you, as an associate degree graduate, will be able to do upon completion of your degree, regardless of your major. You will acquire these core competencies through your general education courses (i.e. English, math, etc.) and your program of study courses.
- Communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing.
- Demonstrate effective problem solving and reasoning skills.
- Work effectively in groups of people from diverse backgrounds.
- Demonstrate ethical and professional understanding and conduct.
- Apply appropriate information literacy skills to locate, evaluate and use information effectively.
- Use computer technology appropriate to the field.
- Use scientific and mathematical reasoning appropriate to the technology.
Pursuing a Bachelor's Degree?
This is a Connected Degree program that enables you to complete your associate degree and then transfer to a four-year degree program as a junior. See a program advisor for details!
The medical laboratory program consists of four semesters of on-campus instruction followed by a one-semester clinical practicum in an affiliated hospital laboratory. The program is fully accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)* which qualifies the graduates to take the ASCP certification examination for Medical Laboratory Technicians. Students are required to complete the program within five calendar years.
National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
5600 N. River Rd. Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119
(773) 714-8886 (FAX)