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Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician (CLT/MLT)

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Work Activities/Work Locations

  • This is an entry level Associate Degree laboratory career.
  • Sometimes known as laboratory assistants or medical technicians.
  • Duties performed under direction of a Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS)/ Medical Technologist(CT/MT).
  • Members of the healthcare team who perform tests on tissue, blood and body fluids to help diagnose diseases.
  • Typical duties may also include collecting blood specimens, monitoring quality of tests, and information processing.
  • Work at hospital laboratories, medical research facilities, pharmaceutical companies, universities, or physician clinic labs. Some may choose to work for veterinary laboratories, industrial labs, insurance companies, environmental labs, or public health.
  • Potential occupations include: Clinical Laboratory Technician, Forensic Lab Technician, Physician Office Lab Technician, Pathology Research Assistant, Quality Control Technician, and Phlebotomist.

Advantages and Disadvantages

  • Medical laboratory technicians enjoy working with patients. They also like being part of a medical team.
  • Should possess a strong attention to detail and analytical skills.

Method of Entry

  • Medical laboratory technicians complete Associate Degree programs offered at technical colleges AND pass a national certification exam administered by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP).
  • To be eligible for the exam, ASCP states an applicant must satisfy requirements one of four routes.
  • ONE, an Associate Degree or at least 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) of academic credits from a regionally accredited college/university, AND successfully completion of a National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) accredited MLT program within the last 5 years.
  • Or TWO, an Associate Degree AND CLA(ASCP) certification. CLA(ASCP) certification discontinued in 1982.
  • Or THREE, an Associate Degree AND 50 week military medical lab training course.
  • Or FOUR, an Associate Degree or at least 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours), including 6 semester hours (9 quarter hours) of chemistry and 6 semester hours (9 quarter hours) of biology AND 3 years of specific full time experience.

Education and Training

  • Many technical colleges offer Associate Degree programs usually affiliating with hospitals for the laboratory training. Make certain the program is NAACLS accredited.
  • NTC offers an Associate Degree (2 yr) in Clinical Laboratory Technician. Must meet biology and chemistry requirements, admission testing requirements, and show proof of CPR certification or enrollment in class.
  • Coursework includes microbiology, sociology, psychology, hematology (blood), biochemistry, phlebotomy, anatomy and physiology, urinalysis, learning about the blood bank, and immunology.

Helpful High School Courses and Experiences

  • NTC requires 2 semesters of high school or 1 semester college biology and chemistry with a 'C' or better.
  • Suggested courses also include anatomy & physiology, math, Medical Terminology, and Computer Science.
  • Shadowing in a medical laboratory is strongly recommended.

Advancement Opportunities

  • Medical Laboratory Technicians generally receive pay increases with experience.

Hours

  • Medical laboratory technicians usually work 40 hours a week.
  • May have to work evenings, weekends, and holidays.

Salary

  • Typical Range (2013) (Wisconsin): $30,000 to $64,900 per year.
  • Typical Range (2013) (National): $25,200 to $58,900 per year.

Employment Information (Wisconsin)

  • Number Employed in 2010: 2,800
  • Expected Employment in 2020: 3,070
  • Percent Employment Growth (2010-2020): 10%
  • Expected Annual Openings: 80
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Educational Institutions
Blackhawk Technical College
Chippewa Valley Technical College
Herzing University - Brookfield
Lakeshore Technical College
Madison Area Technical College
Marquette University
Milwaukee Area Technical College
Moraine Park Technical College - Fond du Lac
Northcentral Technical College
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
Rasmussen College - Green Bay Campus
Southwest Wisconsin Technical College
Waukesha County Technical College
Western Technical College

Affiliated Clinical Laboratory Programs
Agnesian Healthcare, Fond du Lac
Marshfield Labs, Marshfield

Professional Organizations & Additional Information
American Medical Technologists
10700 West Higgins Rd., Suite 150
Rosemont, IL, 60018
847/823-5169 or 800/275-1268
www.amt1.com

American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS)
1861 International Drive, Suite 200
McLean, VA, 22102
571/748-3770
www.ascls.org

American Society for Clinical Pathology
33 West Monroe, Suite 1600
Chicago, IL, 60603
312/541-4999 or 800/267-2727 (ASCP)
www.ascp.org

American Society of Hematology (ASH)
2021 L St. NW, Suite 900
Washington, DC, 20036
202/776-0544
www.hematology.org

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720
Rosemont, IL, 60018-5119
773/714-8880 or 847/939-3597
www.naacls.org


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