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Medical Laboratory Technician

Overview

Medical Laboratory Technology is a challenging profession for individuals with an interest in the clinical applications of the basic sciences and a commitment to quality patient care. The Medical Laboratory Technician works as a "medical detective," analyzing and reporting findings for a wide range of laboratory tests. As members of the health care team, graduates provide physicians with information essential to the effective diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring of patient disease.

Students begin the program as a preMedical Laboratory Technician. A preMedical Laboratory Technician may take all of the required general education courses and medical terminology. Students should consult with the program advisor to develop an appropriate educational plan. Please see the Medical Laboratory Technician AAS Degree Program Requirements Guide (PDF) for specific information about the additional application requirements for this program, plus Minimum Program Entry Requirements, required Course Sequence, and Program Outcomes.

Program Application Process 
The next available Medical Laboratory Technician program start date is Fall Semester 2015. Interested students should submit completed Application to Medical Laboratory Technician Program (PDF)  forms to Enrollment Services. Submitted applications will be dated upon receipt and held in Enrollment Services until the priority review deadline that will be listed on the application. After the priority review deadline, applications are reviewed on a first-qualified first-served basis. All applicants will receive written notification of their admission status via U.S. mail approximately 6 weeks after the priority review deadline. Inclusion of a complete, legible, accurate address on the application will help ensure delivery of the admission status letter.

Program Accreditation
This program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences:

  • NAACLS
    5600 N River RD, Suite 720
    Rosemount, IL 60018-5119
    Phone: 773.714.8880
    Fax: 773.714.8886
    E-mail: info@naacls.org
    Web Site: www.naacls.org

Licensing or certification exams are independent of graduation requirements.

What You'll Learn
  • Chemical analysis of blood samples.
  • Macroscopic and microscopic examination of blood, urine and body fluids.
  • Proper collection procedures of blood specimens.
  • Culture and identification techniques for microorganisms obtained from patient specimens.
  • Identification of blood cells.
  • Determination of blood types and blood compatibility.
  • Proper use of the latest industry instrumentation and equipment, i.e. spectrophotometric analyzers, centrifuges, automated cell counters, and microscopes.
Career Settings
  • Hospital laboratories
  • Medical clinics
  • Physicians' offices
  • Public health agencies
  • Reference laboratories
  • Pharmaceutical, industrial or medical research laboratories
Potential Employers
  • HealthPartners
  • Allina Hospitals & Clinics
  • HealthEast Care System
  • Fairview Health Services
  • Children's Hospitals & Clinics
  • North Memorial Medical Center
  • Park Nicollet Health Services