The Medical Laboratory Technician Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree program is a combination of classroom, laboratory and applied experiences that will provide students with training needed for employment in Medical Laboratory careers.
Individuals with an interest in the clinical applications of the basic sciences and a commitment to quality patient care will do well in this challenging profession. The Medical Laboratory Technician works as a "medical detective," analyzing and reporting findings for a wide range of laboratory tests.
Medical laboratory technicians collect blood, examine and analyze body fluids, tissues and cells. They look for bacteria, parasites, or other microorganisms; count cells and look for abnormal cells; analyze the chemical content of fluids; match blood for transfusions and test for drug levels in the blood to demonstrate how a patient is responding to treatment. They also prepare specimens for examination. They use automated equipment and instruments that perform a number of tests simultaneously, as well as microscopes, cell counters and other kinds of sophisticated laboratory equipment to perform tests. They then analyze the results and relay them to physicians, providing them with information essential to the effective diagnosis, treatment, and
monitoring of patient disease.
The Medical Laboratory Technician AAS degree earned prepares graduates to enter employment as a Medical Laboratory Technician or continue their education to earn a baccalaureate degree as a Medical Laboratory Scientist.
Program Delivery Methods
Hybrid, traditional in-class courses and hands-on training in state-of-the-art labs on Saint Paul College campus, St. Paul, MN