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).
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Medical Laboratory Technician
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Students in this program should be aware of the risks associated with bloodborne pathogens. Learn more.
HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital
Indianhead Medical Center
Mayo Clinic Health System
CVTC graduates are ready for the workforce. Each year, we send our graduates the Graduate Follow-Up Survey asking several questions related to employment. Here are the program outcomes and job data.// Program Scorecard
Our recent Medical Laboratory Technician graduates reported an average starting salary of $44,877.
100% of our recent Medical Laboratory Technician graduates got a job in the industry.
There are 23 job openings in the CVTC district for the Medical Laboratory Technician industry.
Credits to Other Institutions
Should you choose to continue your education after you leave CVTC, we have agreements in place with several institutions to ensure an easy transfer.
These are a few of the courses you will take in this program. Courses and the recommended sequence change from year to year; once you are enrolled in a program at CVTC you will be given a recommended course sequence that outlines what courses you should take and the order in which to take them.
You may search for available courses. If you are ever unsure of what courses to take, talk to your academic advisor. If you are looking for course information for previous years, check out our past catalogs.
Here are a few of the courses you can take in the Medical Laboratory Technician program.
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.
This course prepares you to perform a complete urinalysis which includes physical, chemical, and microscopic analysis.
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.
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I can not express how well CVTC prepared me for the workforce. The instructors were the best I have ever had and the quality of education went above and beyond all expectations.
Medical Laboratory Technician Graduate
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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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.