Medical Lab Technicians: Behind the Scenes of Patient Care
Study diseases, clinical specimens, and medicinal treatments under a microscope and discover healthcare success as a Medical Laboratory Technician. While you may not provide direct care for patients, you will be a part of one of their greatest health services; analyzing what goes on under their skin and examining the best treatment to better their health.
MWCC prepares you to play this vital role in patient care by learning the vast knowledge, terminology, and structure of clinical laboratory procedures. Our Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) associate’s degree will give you the skills to successfully navigate high-tech medical machines as well as the knowledge to detect patient diseases and research potential treatments.
Be in Demand as a Medical Lab Technicians
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians are in high demand for their expertise in determining medical conditions for the aging population. The field is projected to grow 13%* over the next ten years. After earning your bachelor’s degree, you can make an average of $50,000*, or up to $79,000* per year!
Discover MLT Success at MWCC
Currently, MWCC MLT students are experiencing 94% graduation rate and 95% job placement. Our MLT students have a 100% success rate on passing the ASCP Board of Registry Exam for MLTs in the past 3 years on the first attempt (above the National Average). The three-year average attrition rate for MWCC’s MLT students is 5.6%.
Transfer to a 4-year College or University
You can save thousands by starting your Medical Laboratory Technology education at MWCC. Upon graduation, you will be able to transfer into one of many Medical Laboratory Technology bachelor’s degree programs. Earning a bachelor’s degree also increases your potential job placement after you graduate.
Learn the Skills to Detect and Diagnose Diseases
In the MLT program, you will take classes in:
- Clinical Hematology & Hemostasis
- Anatomy & Physiology
- Clinical Immunohematology
- Clinical Chemistry
- Life Science for Allied Health
- Clinical Microbiology
- Phlebotomy Practicum
Healthcare with Hands-On Experience
All of the 200-level MLT courses within your program are supplemented with practicum courses in the same topic. While you learn these skills in the classroom, you will also take part in a 3-week practicum course in a local hospital. You can practice your medical laboratory skills over 120 on-site hours to put your knowledge into action. All of these practicums allow you to learn these skills in theory from your professors while receiving practical hands-on training to best prepare you for success in this healthcare field.
Duties of a Medical Lab Technician
Medical Lab Technicians work in a variety of medical settings performing clinical laboratory duties and tests with high-end technology to care for patients behind the scenes.
As a Medical Laboratory Technician or Technologist, you will:
- Analyze specimens for bacteria, parasites, and microorganisms
- Study blood samples for transfusions
- Operate sophisticated lab equipment
- Work with physicians to discuss results and procedures of tests
- Analyze the chemical and cellular content of body fluids, including blood, urine, and tissue samples
In partnership with Heywood Hospital, Gardner; HealthAlliance Hospital, Leominster; St. Vincent Hospital, Worcester; Cheshire Medical Center Dartmouth Hitchcock, Keene, NH; Nashoba Valley Medical Center, Ayer; Marlboro Hospital, Marlboro; Emerson Hospital, Concord; Athol Memorial Hospital, Athol; Southern NH Medical Center, Nashua, NH; Harrington Hospital, Southbridge; Baystate Franklin Medical Center, Greenfield.
The MLT (formerly Clinical Laboratory Science [CLS]) program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science, 5600 North River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, Illinois 60018, telephone 773-714-8880. Graduates of the CLS program will be eligible to take the national certification examination, such as those offered by the Board of Registry of the American Society for Clinical Pathology or the National Credentialing Agency for Laboratory Personnel.