Medical Laboratory Technicians are “scientists behind the scenes” of the medical care team. They perform testing on blood and body fluids to assist physicians in detecting diseases and monitoring treatment.
Medical laboratory workers perform general tests in all laboratory areas: blood banking, clinical chemistry, hematology, immunology, microbiology, and urinalysis. They work with medical technologists to hunt for clues to the absence, presence, extent, and causes of diseases.
These vital healthcare detectives assist physicians in patient diagnosis and treatment. MLT’s use sophisticated instrumentation and technology, computers, and methods requiring manual dexterity to perform laboratory testing on blood and body fluids.
All students participate in clinical experiences in medical facilities for 4 rotations, with a total of 12 weeks at 40 hours each week. The first clinical experience will take place at the end of final fall semester of the program for three weeks. The last three clinical experiences will take place the second eight weeks of the final spring semester of the program.
NEO is the only college in Oklahoma to offer two formats for the MLT program skills labs: Traditional Labs and Blended Hybrid Labs. Students enrolled in the traditional skills labs will complete theory online and skills labs both on campus and on Video Conference Monday through Thursday.
Students enrolled in the blended hybrid skills labs will complete theory online, skills labs online, and on campus. The campus skills labs for blended hybrid students will total six days during the semester (two days at the beginning, two days midterm and two days at the end of the semester).
Medical Laboratory Technicians are mostly employed in hospital laboratories but are also employed by physician clinic laboratories, reference labs, community blood banks, product manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies.
Medical Laboratory Technician
Associate in Applied Science
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