Medical Lab Technology
Medical Laboratory Technicians (MLTs) examine, analyze, and test clinical specimens such as blood and body fluids to aid in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of disease. MLTs perform routine laboratory testing and assigned tasks with quality control and quality assurance.
Shoreline Community College provides students with a foundation in general education and science courses required before entrance into the professional year of the MLT Program. The professional year includes student lecture and laboratory courses in routine medical laboratory technology. Students then complete laboratory practicum training in clinical / medical laboratories. MLT Program graduates are eligible to take the MLT (ASCP) national certification examination for Medical Laboratory Technician. The MLT (ASCP) certification is required for employment in the clinical laboratory.
Graduates work in clinical, reference, and public health laboratories. Medical Laboratory Technicians work as generalists, and may gain skills for work in a specialty testing area. With additional work experience, training, and a bachelor's degree, an MLT can advance to a Medical Laboratory Scientist, Supervisor, and Manager. For occupational data, including salary information, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Two Program Options
The Associate Degree (AAAS-MLT) pathway is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to work in clinical laboratories as a Medical Laboratory Technician. Students complete general education and program core requirements before applying to the professional year.
The Certificate of Proficiency pathway is a 67-credit program for students who already have an Associate degree or higher. Students who have already completed the program core requirements are eligible to apply.
Students who successfully complete the MLT Program are trained to:
- Perform routine laboratory testing and procedures in a clinical laboratory.
- Work effectively in a clinical laboratory setting with co-workers, healthcare staff and patients.
- Recognize and evaluate normal/abnormal test results and take appropriate action.
- Perform quality control and evaluate results.
- Operate routine laboratory equipment and analyzers.
- Recognize and comply with workplace practices and policies including safety and HIPAA /patient confidentiality.
- Demonstrate a sound work ethic.
The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS) requests monitoring graduation, certification exam pass rate and employment. The Shoreline Community College – Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) Program 3-year average rates for 2012-2014 are:
- 97% graduation/ 3% attrition rate for students admitted to the MLT Program
- 100% MLT (ASCP) Certification pass rate for first time exam takers within the first year of graduation
- 87.8% found employment in the field
Program Costs per Quarter
Molly Morse, M.S., MLS (ASCP)cm
When to apply?
National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science / NAACLS
5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119
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