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    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.



 

Medical Laboratory Technology

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 National Board of Registry 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.

 

Here’s what you’ll learn

  • Safe collection and processing of biologicalspecimens for analysis
  • Procedures for accurate lab testing including quality assurance and quality control procedures
  • Operation of laboratory instruments/analyzers and performance of preventive and corrective maintenance
  • Multitasking skills for situations where a wide variety of testing procedures are performed
  • Correlation of didactic and clinical phases of laboratory education in the evaluation and interpretation of laboratory test data
  • Career entry competencies as defined by the National Accreditation Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
  • Professional conduct and communication with patients and medical staff

 

Why M State

  • MLT program has 100 percent placement rate
  • MLT program curriculum includes training in phlebotomy
  • M State is an exceptional education value
  • Small class sizes mean personalized, hands-on instruction
  • Blended online and on-campus courses make program convenient, flexible
  • Scholarships available through Fergus Area College Foundation
  • Graduates with financial need will have a portion of the cost of their MLT professional certification exam paid by Fergus Area College Foundation
 

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Medical Laboratory Technology Associate in Science (AS)
Locations: Fergus Falls

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Articulation

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.

 

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Meet the faculty

Teresa Beske
MLT/PBT Lab Assistant
Fergus Falls
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Wanda Haberer
MLT Program Director
Fergus Falls
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Barbara Madison
Medical Laboratory Technician Faculty
Fergus Falls
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Background Check Required

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

Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technician regional wage
data source: Career Coach

 

Career opportunities

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


data source: Career Coach

 

Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technician employment

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.


Age Group # of Workers % of Workers*
under 25 52 10%
25-34 136 25%
35-44 102 19%
45-54 132 24%
55-64 101 19%
65+ 16 3%

* Based on county-level occupational demographics

data source: Career Coach

 

Required courses for the MLT degree

  • Basic Immunology
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II Lab
  • Diagnostic Microbiology
  • Fundamental Concepts of Chemistry
  • Medical Chemistry
  • College Writing
  • Professional & Technical Writing
  • Prin/Proc Phlebotomy
  • Basic Laboratory Techniques I and II
  • Clinical Hematology
  • Clinical Urinalysis & Phlebotomy
  • Clinical Blood Bank
  • Clinical Microbiology
  • Clinical Chemistry and Special Chemistry
  • Clinical Applications
  • Hematology & Coagulation
  • Immunohematology
  • Urinalysis & Body Fluids
 

Learn more

· Visit minnesota.edu/programs

· Call 877.450.3322

Last modified: July 20th, 2015 at 02:52pm