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Medical Laboratory Technician Overview

Scope out your future in the Medical Laboratory Technician program at CVTC. If you find research exciting and like the thought of working in a lab, this is the right choice for you. This program helps you acquire the entry-level knowledge and skills you need to work in a clinical laboratory. Your work as a medical lab technician will provide clinicians with critical information necessary for diagnosis, treatment and management of a wide variety of diseases.

In the program you will learn how to:

  • Collect and process biologic specimens for analysis.
  • Perform analytical tests on blood, body fluids, and tissues.
  • Recognize pre-analytical and analytical variables in laboratory testing.
  • Monitor quality control.
  • Perform preventative and corrective maintenance on laboratory instruments.
  • Maintain professional conduct in communication with patients, health care professionals, and the public.

The program includes a clinical experience allowing students to practice the principles and procedures of laboratory medicine in a clinical laboratory setting, including the operation of state-of-the-art instrumentation and the use of laboratory information systems to report.

When you complete the program, you will be awarded an associate of applied science degree as a Medical Laboratory Technician and will be eligible to take the national certification exam offered by the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification (ASCP-BOC).

Career Opportunities

Medical Laboratory Technician

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Just the Facts

Medical Laboratory Technician
67 Credit Associate Degree

Length of Program //
Two Years

Delivery Method //

Program Location //
Eau Claire

Start Dates //
August

Bloodborne Pathogens
Students in this program should be aware of the risks associated with bloodborne pathogens. Learn more.

 

Bloodborne Pathogens

Students entering health programs at CVTC should understand the risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens, including Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and HIV/AIDs, through saliva and blood with direct patient care as part of their education.

This exposure can be minimized or eliminated using a combination of engineering and work practice controls, personal protective clothing and equipment, training, medical surveillance, Hepatitis B vaccination, signs and labels, and other provisions.

All programs at CVTC comply with local, state, and federal infection control policies, including the use of standard precautions as stipulated by current CDC guidelines. Written policies and instructions on infection control protocol to minimize the risk of disease transmission is provided throughout the courses in the curriculum. Compliance of safety practices is evaluated throughout the students' clinical experiences to ensure a safe educational environment.

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   Financial Aid Eligible

   Non-Traditional Occupation

Estimated Program Cost 

Term 1

$

2,749

Term 2

$

2,909

Term 3

$

909

Term 4

$

2,598

Term 5

$

2,124

Books

$

1,157

Estimated Total:  $12,446

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Program Courses

These are a few of the courses you will take in the Medical Laboratory Technician program.

Blood Bank
This course focuses on blood banking concepts and procedures including blood typing, compatibility testing, work-ups for adverse reaction to transfusions, disease states, and donor activities.

Urinalysis
This course prepares you to perform a complete urinalysis which includes physical, chemical, and microscopic analysis.

Basic Hematology
This course covers the theory and principles of blood cell production and function and introduces you to basic practices and procedures in the hematology laboratory.

Medical Laboratory Technician Outcomes

Are you looking to advance your career, learn a new skill, or try something new? CVTC offers a wide variety of courses from beekeeping to leadership training and everything in between. Courses provided include for-credit and non-credit courses.

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100%
Employed

100% of our recent Medical Laboratory Technician graduates get a job in the industry.

 

$34K
Yearly Salary

Our recent Medical Laboratory Technician graduates reported an average starting salary of $33,902.

 

15
Regional Jobs

There are 15 job openings in the CVTC district for the Medical Laboratory Technician industry.

 

Transfer
Credits to Other Institutions

Transfer your CVTC credits to another institution to continue your education. Explore transfer agreements.

Related Programs & Certificates

Whether you're looking to continue your learning to another program or to gain continuing education credit, CVTC offers a variety of learning opportunities for students.
 

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Continue Your Learning

CVTC can help you achieve your learning goals whether you are looking to advance your career or enrich your personal life.

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The Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) Program at Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) View accreditation information.