MLT Frequently Asked Questions
What Do Medical Laboratory Technicians Do?
Medical Laboratory Technicians collect samples and perform tests to analyze body fluids, tissue, and other substances. Medical Laboratory Technicians perform lab tests in a wide variety of areas; blood banking, chemistry, hematology, immunology, and microbiology. Medical Laboratory Technicians are on the forefront of new and continuing research into the absence, presence, extent, and causes of diseases.
Where Do Medical Laboratory Technicians Work?
Medical Laboratory Technicians work in a variety of settings including; hospitals, doctor offices, clinics, nursing homes, public health facilities, and diagnostic laboratories.
What Are Medical Laboratory Technician Job Responsibilities?
Medical Laboratory Technicians set up and sanitize laboratories, collect blood samples, prepare specimens, match blood compatibility for transfusions, analyze fluid chemical content, examine immune system elements, look for pathogenic organisms in the body and perform susceptibility testing on the pathogens Medical Laboratory Technicians are expected to handle sophisticated laboratory equipment, including cell counters, microscopes, and automated analyzers. Medical Laboratory Technicians carry out less complicated procedures and tests than do Medical Laboratory Technologists.
What Will The Medical Laboratory Technician Program Prepare Me For?
The Medical Laboratory Technician Program will prepare you for a certification. The Board of Registry of the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) gives a national certification exam for those who have completed Medical Laboratory Technician education requirements. This certification represents a technician's ability to perform high-quality laboratory tests. Certified Medical Laboratory Technician may use the initials MLT after their name to show their proficiency.
What Is The Pay For Medical Laboratory Technicians?
The median annual wage for Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians was $49,310 in May 2014.
What Is The Job Outlook For Medical Laboratory Technicians?
Employment of Medical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians is projected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations. With the increase in the aging population, there will be a greater need to diagnose medical conditions through laboratory procedures. With steady population growth and the development of new lab tests, the job market for Clinical Laboratory Technicians is expected to remain strong. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects Clinical Laboratory Technician employment growth of 18 percent between 2014 and 2024, adding 29,000 more professionals to the 163,400 jobs currently in this field.
Are There Opportunities To Advance My Career As A Medical Laboratory Technician?
Medical Laboratory Technicians are generally required to have a certificate or an associate's degree from an accredited school. Subjects covered as part of a Medical Laboratory Technician training program may include human anatomy and physiology, biochemistry, microbiology, chemistry, medical laboratory techniques, applied immunology, blood coagulation, phlebotomy, and urinalysis. In some cases, they may need licensing based on state requirements. Medical Laboratory Technicians (MLT) may advance to Medical Laboratory Technologists (MT) with additional education, experience, and training. Medical Technologists need to earn a Bachelor's Degree in Medical Technology.
What Are The Prerequisites To Take The MLT Program?
You must have an Associates Degree, with coursework in Biology, Chemistry, Intermediate Algebra, Anatomy & Physiology, and Microbiology.
What Are The Admission Procedure Steps?
- Apply online to the Medical Laboratory Technician Program by completing an application firstname.lastname@example.org
- Have your college transcripts sent to BCCC, Attention Paula Marie Matthews, Director, MLT Program, 1304 Veterans Highway, Bristol, PA 19007.
- Call Paula Marie Matthews, Director, MLT Program for an interview - 267.685.4832
- Complete required paperwork, Immunization Form, 2 step PPD test, Two Professional References, Urine Drug Screening, Criminal Background Check, Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance, Healthcare Provider CPR certification
- Payment of $150 acceptance Fee
What Will The Curriculum Cover?
- Introduction to Medical Laboratory
- Clinical Chemistry
- Diagnostic Microbiology
- MLT Capstone
- MLT Clinical Rotations
Can Students Complete Service Work?
Students are allowed to perform patient work only while being supervised. Although students are encouraged to help with the work in an assigned laboratory, they are not to take the place of a paid employee. A laboratory employee must sign results produced by students. Students may be employed by a clinical affiliate outside of class hours.
Where Will The Medical Laboratory Technician Program be Held?
The Medical Laboratory Technician Program will be held at BCCC Lower Bucks Campus.
When Will The Medical Laboratory Technician Program Begin?
The Medical Laboratory Technician Program will begin in the fall semester on August 28, 2017.
How Long Is The Medical Laboratory Program?
The Medical Laboratory Technician Certificate Program will be a one year program.
What is The Status of Accreditation for the Program?
The accrediting agency for MLT programs is (NAACLS), National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018 (773) 714-8880
During the first year of the program, BCCC has an active application, considered in the status of “serious applicant” submitted to NAACLS. This information will be provided to ASCP so that the first class of graduates will be eligible to take the MLT ASCP registry examination.
What Is The Cost Of The Medical Laboratory Technician Program?
The tuition cost is $15,000.
What About Financial Aid?
Contact the Financial Aid Office at 215-968-8200 for further information regarding aid, scholarships, and student loans.
Are There Other Costs?
The other cost will be textbooks, uniform, and lab coat.