Medical Laboratory Technician

at Saint Paul College

Program Details

  • Award: Associate in Applied Science
  • Credits: 72
  • Delivery: Face-to-face
  • WIA Certified

About this Program

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.

Qualifications include an interest in science and mathematics, accuracy and attention to detail, moral and intellectual integrity, self-discipline, an ability to multitask and desire to contribute to quality health care. Laboratory workers must have the skill to perform and master a variety of tasks.

The Medical Laboratory Technician program at Saint Paul College is a high-demand program that includes a combination of classroom, laboratory and applied experiences that will provide students with training needed for employment in Medical Laboratory careers. Enrolled students make practical application of learned theory through daily hands-on laboratory experiences in a new state-of-the art campus laboratory facility that, with its sophisticated instrumentation and laboratory information system, mirrors the environment students encounter in the clinical laboratory setting. Following the on-campus didactic coursework, students are assigned to a clinical affiliate for the clinical experience. This required portion of the curriculum provides an opportunity for demonstration of technical and affective skill competency.

Upon completion of the program, the student is eligible to take an examination administered by the Board of Certification under the direction of the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP). Saint Paul College Medical Laboratory Technician graduates consistently score above the national average on this examination. Licensing or certification are independent of graduation requirements, but required for most employment opportunities in this area.

Laboratory tests are of vital importance to modern medical practice. The need for clinical laboratory workers is expected to remain strong. Increased job openings are expected due to the increased need for laboratory testing in an aging population and also due to vacancies created through retirements of current employers. Technicians are employed in hospital laboratories, clinics, doctor´┐Żs offices, public health agencies and pharmaceutical, industrial, and medical research laboratories.

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 , URL: www.naacls.org


Program Locations

  • Saint Paul College 55102

Labor Market Information

  • Medical Laboratory Technicians
  • Median wage:$21.87/hour-Above the median
  • Employment outlook: Well above statewide average
  • College Health Specialties Teachers
  • Median wage:$74,801/year-Well above the median
  • Employment outlook: Above statewide average
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