The Medical Laboratory Technician program at Minnesota State College Southeast in Winona offers exceptional educational experiences in the classroom and in clinical settings.
Medical Laboratory Technicians (MLT) work as members of the healthcare team, performing laboratory procedures that aid in diagnosis and treatment of diseases. Med Lab Techs 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, attention to detail, and ability to multi-task. The profession requires moral and intellectual integrity and a desire to contribute to quality healthcare.
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, which may involve travel to a site in Minnesota, Wisconsin or Iowa. 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 Medical Laboratory Science bachelor of science degree program at Winona State University.
The demand for Medical Laboratory Technicians is very strong. Employment in this field is expected to rise 30% from 2012 to 2022. The national median wage in 2012 was $37,240 annually (Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook).
For those seeking a shorter-term education pathway, MSC Southeast also offers a one-semester, 9-credit certificate in phlebotomy. Phlebotomists draw blood for tests, transfusions, research, or blood donations and may work as lab assistants. In addition, having this certification can be an advantage in many other health care professions.
The MLT program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
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