The Medical Laboratory Technician program provides educational experiences for students within a classroom and clinical setting.
Medical Laboratory Technicians (MLT) work as members of the healthcare team, performing laboratory procedures that aid in diagnosis and treatment of diseases. MLT's perform blood collections, analyze blood and other body fluids, match blood for transfusions and examine specimens for bacteria, parasites and other microorganisms.
Successful students demonstrate an interest in science and mathematics, accuracy, moral and intellectual integrity, self-discipline and a desire to contribute to quality healthcare. Laboratory workers must have the skill to perform and master a variety of tasks.
The Medical Laboratory Technician program consists of five semesters (two fall and spring semesters and one summer term). The program requires clinical experiences at a laboratory off campus. This may require travel to a site in Minnesota, Wisconsin or Iowa. Successful completion of all required courses with a grade of "C" or better is necessary to continue with the program.
Upon successful completion of the program the student will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP). In addition, students may be eligible to transfer to the Bachelors of Science in Medical Laboratory Science program at Winona State University.
The demand for Medical Laboratory Technicians is expected to rise nationally from 155,620 in 2009 to 180,660 in 2019; a 16% increase. The national median wage in 2010 was $18.36, $38,190 annually (Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-2011 Edition).