Medical laboratory technicians are an important part of every health care team, conducting the lab tests that assist in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases. M State offers its MLT program in a flexible combination of online courses and on-campus labs.
M State's 60-credit Associate in Science degree in Medical Laboratory Technology prepares students for lab technician positions, primarily in hospitals and clinics, where they test specimens to help physicians make medical decisions and determine treatment options.
The two-year program includes three semesters of general education, science and MLT courses, followed by 20 weeks of clinical experience in an affiliate hospital laboratory. General education and MLT lecture courses are taught online, and MLT labs are conducted on the Fergus Falls campus once or twice a week.
Students enrolled in the MLT program receive phlebotomy training during the fall semester of their second year and are then qualified to work as phlebotomists while they complete the MLT AS degree.
Graduates are prepared for the MLT Board of Certification exam, and the program is accredited by the National Accreditation Agency for Clinical Laboratory.
Graduates can choose to continue their education in a bachelor's degree program. An articulation agreement allows the seamless transfer of MLT degree credits into the Medical Laboratory Science Program at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks.
Students in the MLT program must have current immunizations and undergo a criminal background check.
This program is eligible for the Minnesota Two-Year Occupational Grant Pilot Program. Participating students will have their tuition and fees paid after Federal Pell and Minnesota State grants have been applied to their accounts.
There is no separate application for this grant. Interested students apply by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or, for undocumented students, the Minnesota Dream Act Application. Funding is limited, so submit the FAFSA as early as possible since applicants will be ranked by their application date.
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Medical Laboratory Technology Associate of Science (AS)
Locations: Fergus Falls
Students in the Medical Laboratory Technology program learn the techniques and theories necessary to work in a clinical laboratory. These techniques emphasize skills in phlebotomy, body fluid analysis, hematology, chemistry, microbiology, immunology and immunohematology. Students learn to correlate test results with patients' conditions. In addition, students earn credits in general education, including anatomy and physiology, communications, chemistry and the humanities. Program courses are offered in a hybrid format (lectures and lab instruction arranged). After successful completion of didactic courses, students enters a clinical experience at an affiliate health care laboratory performing laboratory testing under supervision. Graduates of the MLT program are eligible to take the examination given by the Board of Certification of the American Society for Clinical Pathology. Graduates may articulate to a four-year institution to receive a bachelor of science degree in medical laboratory science. The MLT program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).
M State's Medical Laboratory Technology program has an articulation agreement with University of North Dakota. Graduates from M State's Medical Laboratory Technology program can transfer seamlessly into UND's bachelor degree programs in Medical Laboratory Science.
Articulation agreements ensure that students completing specified coursework or degree programs at M State will transfer into designated programs at partner universities/colleges per the terms of the agreement. This cooperative effort eliminates or minimizes the questions and confusion that sometimes accompany transfer and allows our students to be confident that their degree from M State will satisfy a substantive portion of the completion requirements for the bachelor's degree at the university/college they will be attending.
State law requires that students having direct contact with individuals in licensed institutions complete an annual background study with the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Students who do not pass the background check will not be allowed to participate in clinical activities and thus are not eligible for graduation. Students in some programs also are required to complete a national and/or federal criminal background study.
Students may also be required to complete a national background and/or federal background check as directed by clinical facilities. Students will be provided with instructions prior to clinical. The cost of the national background check is $65 is incurred by the student at the time the background study is submitted.
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technician regional wage
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Graduates of M State's Medical Laboratory Technology program will have employment opportunities in hospitals, clinics, commercial labs, blood donor facilities, medical sales, and education and research facilities.
Description: Perform routine medical laboratory tests for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. May work under the supervision of a medical technologist.
Typical education level:Associate's degree
Typical education level:Vocational Certificate
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Data source: Career Coach with current geographical area: up to 100 miles away from Fergus Falls
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539 Employed in your area
34 Estimated annual job openings
117 Approaching retirement age
The average retirement age in the U.S. is 65 years old. Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians in the 55-64 and the 65+ categories are 1-10 years away from retirement. When older workers retire, there will likely be a demand for new workers.
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Last modified: July 19th, 2016 at 09:35am