Medical Laboratory Technician
The Medical Laboratory Technician program provides educational experiences for students within a classroom and clinical setting.
Medical Laboratory Technicians (MLT) work as members of the healthcare team, performing laboratory procedures that aid in diagnosis and treatment of diseases. MLT's perform blood collections, analyze blood and other body fluids, match blood for transfusions and examine specimens for bacteria, parasites and other microorganisms.
Successful students demonstrate an interest in science and mathematics, accuracy, moral and intellectual integrity, self-discipline and a desire to contribute to quality healthcare. Laboratory workers must have the skill to perform and master a variety of tasks.
The Medical Laboratory Technician program consists of five semesters (two fall and spring semesters and one summer term). The program requires clinical experiences at a laboratory off campus. This may require travel to a site in Minnesota, Wisconsin or Iowa. Successful completion of all required courses with a grade of "C" or better is necessary to continue with the program.
Upon successful completion of the program the student will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP). In addition, students may be eligible to transfer to the Bachelors of Science in Medical Laboratory Science program at Winona State University.
The demand for Medical Laboratory Technicians is expected to rise nationally from 155,620 in 2009 to 180,660 in 2019; a 16% increase. The national median wage in 2010 was $18.36, $38,190 annually (Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-2011 Edition).
Program Learning Outcomes
Program graduates will be able to:
- Demonstrate comprehension of the technical and procedural aspects of laboratory tests.
- Maintain an awareness of regulatory requirements, safety regulation and ethical standards of practice.
- Correlate laboratory tests to disease processes.
- Understand basic physiology, recognizing appropriate test selection and abnormal test results.
Develop Technical Skills:
- Perform collection and processing of biological specimens for analysis.
- Perform chemical, microbiologic, immunologic, hematologic, molecular and immunohematologic laboratory procedures that require limited independent judgment.
- Use technology effectively.
- Recognize unexpected results and instrument malfunction and take appropriate action.
- Prepare to take the examination administered by the Board of Certification under the direction of the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).
- Utilize effective oral and written communication skills.
- Perform information processing.
- Carol Cantlon earned her Master of Science degree in 2005 from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and her Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology degree in 1979 from Viterbo University. She is a certified Medical Laboratory Scientist through the American Society for Clinical Pathologists (ASCP). She has worked many years in the healthcare setting as a bench technologist, microbiology supervisor and infection control practitioner. She is excited to teach future students the challenging field of clinical laboratory science.
- Rebecca Lewellyn Beckmann earned her Master of Science degree in 2012 from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Clinical Laboratory Science, a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Science from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1994, and an Associate degree in Medical Laboratory Technician in 2002 from Western Technical College. She is a certified Medical Laboratory Scientist through the American Society for Clinical Pathologists (ASCP). She has worked in the clinical laboratory setting for the past eleven years and has acted as a generalist, a blood bank supervisor and a lead technologist in microbiology. Previous to her work in the clinical setting she spent time working in research laboratories.
- Cindy Walechka earned her Associate Degree from District One Technical College in 1986. She is a certified Medical Laboratory Scientist through the American Society for Clinical Pathologists (ASCP). She has 27 years of experience in the healthcare setting as a bench technologist. She is excited to instruct students in phlebotomy.