Medical Laboratory Technician E-Degree
Before you begin this E-Degree, it is strongly recommended you complete 14 credits of prerequisite courses. Click here for more information and a full list of classes.
About the Medical Laboratory Technician Program
Medical Laboratory is a rewarding, stimulating field that is absolutely vital to the world of healthcare. Physicians determine treatment from objective clinical data, more than 70% of which comes from tests that Medical Laboratory Technicians perform on the patients’ samples. As a Medical Laboratory Technician you might:
- Use sophisticated lab equipment to perform analysis of various chemicals in blood and body fluids.
- Isolate bacteria, parasites and other microorganisms for identification and determine appropriate treatment options.
- Diagnose viral diseases in blood specimens using immunological techniques.
- Observe urine, bacteria, body fluids, and blood slides through a microscope to aid in diagnosis of various conditions.
- Use hematology analyzers to count and identify various blood cells.
- Determine kidney health and metabolic problems through chemical analysis of urine.
- Type, screen and crossmatch blood for transfusion.
- Test drug levels in the blood to show how a patient is responding to treatment.
Medical laboratory technicians also often interact with physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other health professionals to explain test results and answer specific questions.
On October 31, 2019, the Medical Laboratory Technician program received its certificate of accreditation from the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont IL, 60018. (773)-714-8880. The 10-year accreditation will be up for renewal in 2029.
Students in programs which customarily lead to professional licensure are responsible for determining whether or not this program or course meets requirements for licensure in the state in which the student resides or intends to reside upon graduation. We encourage you to contact the licensure agency noted above for additional information or the program faculty for assistance.
How does an E-Degree work?
You will complete Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) courses online through Lake Area Tech’s online eLearning system. In addition, you will complete 8 hours of lab per course credit on the Lake Area Tech campus. So, in a 4 credit class, you can expect approximately 32 hours of on-campus lab training. After you finish all prerequisites and MLT coursework, you will complete a clinical practicum at an approved clinical site.
Lake Area Tech E-Degrees are “hybrid” – an innovative blend of distance and on-campus learning. With hybrid education, you get maximum time/location flexibility and crucial lab experience.
How long will it take?
After completing the prerequisite courses, you should be able to complete the MLT-specific coursework in five semesters of part-time enrollment, followed by one semester of a full-time clinical practicum.
All students in programs which customarily lead to professional licensure will receive written notification from their program of study indicating whether or not this program or course meets requirements for licensure in the state in which the student resides.