Medical Laboratory Technician

At a Glance

Years in School (after high school graduation):

2

Hourly Wage:

$16.31-$34.30 (Mean $23.37)
*based on Alaska DOL data

One-page Description (PDF):

Medical Laboratory Technician

Professional Activities

Medical laboratory technicians (MLTs) perform laboratory tests that are important in detecting, diagnosing, and treating diseases. They are part of a highly skilled team that works together to solve mysteries, put puzzles together and answer critical questions in medicine. A MLT collects, processes and performs tests to analyze blood and other body fluids using sophisticated instruments. A MLT provides information to a doctor who needs the laboratory data to diagnose a patient’s illness. More than 70% of medical decisions made by physicians are based on laboratory findings. The information provided to the doctor is important in deciding what treatment is best for the patient and also in determining the prognosis of the patient’s illness. In fact, the practice of modern medicine would be impossible without these laboratory tests.

Working under the supervision of a medical laboratory scientist an MLT works closely with physicians, researchers, and other health care professionals, usually in a hospital laboratory setting. They are an important member of the health care team. Other employment situations include clinics, research labs, and public health facilities. Rural Alaska employment opportunities are generally found in regional hospitals.

Educational Requirements

  • Graduation from high school, preferably with a background in science and math.
  • Completion of a two-year accredited medical laboratory technician program. Community colleges usually offer these programs.
  • Some medical laboratory technicians go on to complete more advanced medical programs to become medical laboratory scientists or physician assistants.

 Academic Programs

The University of Alaska has a Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) program that prepares students for employment as medical laboratory technicians. Students receive an Associate of Applied Science degree and are eligible to sit for national certification exams. (This program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences.) For more information contact:

University of Alaska Anchorage
Medical Laboratory Technology Department
Dr. Heidi Mannion
Phone: (907) 786- 6928
Email: hamannion@uaa.alaska.edu
Website: https://www.uaa.alaska.edu/alliedhealth/academics/medicallaboratoryscience/associateofappliedscience.cfm

In addition to the UAA program, Weber State University offers both an AAS and BS Program in Medical Laboratory Sciences. For more information:

Weber University
Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences
Phone (For AAS inquiries): (801) 626-6874
Email (For AAS inquiries): christyachter@weber.edu
Phone (For BS inquiries): (801) 626-6785
Email (For BS inquiries): kanditait@weber.edu
Website: http://www.weber.edu/mls/degrees/online/FAQ.html

Contacts

State Contact:

Clinical Laboratory Scientists of Alaska (CLSA)
Email: http://ascls-ak.org/get-involved/
Website: http://ascls-ak.org/

National Contacts:

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
5600 N. River Road, Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119
Phone: (773) 714-8880 or (847) 939-3597
Fax: (773) 714-8886
Email: info@naacls.org
Website: http://www.naacls.org/

American Society for Clinical Pathology
33 West Monroe, Suite 1600
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: (312) 541-4999
Toll Free: (800) 267-2727
Fax: (312) 541-4998
Website: http://www.ascp.org/

American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science
1861 International Drive, Suite 200
McLean, VA 22102
Phone: (571) 748-3770
Email:  ascls@ascls.org
Website: http://www.ascls.org/

American Medical Technologists
10700 W Higgins Road, Suite 150
Rosemont IL 60018
Phone: (847) 823-5169
Fax: (847) 823-0458
Email: mail@americanmedtech.org
Website: http://www.americanmedtech.org/default.aspx

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