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MSC Southeast Med Lab Tech program gains maximum 10-year accreditation

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Med Lab Tech program at MSC Southeast gains maximum 10-year accreditation 

Applications being accepted now for Fall 2020 start!

Medical Laboratory Technician GraduatesMinnesota State College Southeast is pleased to announce that the college's Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) program has received the maximum 10-year accreditation award from the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) Board of Directors. 

The program at MSC Southeast met all the established standards in the clinical laboratory science discipline of Medical Laboratory Technician.

"By going through the NAACLS accreditation process our students and employers can be assured that our graduates possess the knowledge and competencies necessary for an entry-level Medical Laboratory Technician," according to Medical Laboratory Technician instructor Carol Cantlon.

Minnesota State College Southeast's Winona campus will be open this fall for programs that require hands-on learning, and MLT instructors at Minnesota State College Southeast are making plans for students to learn in a COVID-19 safe environment. 

Applications are being accepted for the program, and Workforce Development Scholarships worth $2500 may be available to qualified applicants. See the Medical Laboratory Technician AAS page for more detailed information about the MLT program and to apply.

A vital part of healthcare team in combating Covid-19

Now more than ever, Medical Laboratory Technicians are essential for comprehensive patient care and are a critical part of the healthcare team.

"Med Lab Techs play a vital role in the fight against COVID-19. Every day medical lab technicians and scientists are performing molecular tests to help identify patients who have COVID-19. They are also conducting serology antibody assays to determine who may potentially be immune to this novel Coronavirus," said Carol Cantlon.

"Med Lab Techs are working tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure providers have the information necessary to not only identify and treat COVID-19 patients, but treat all patients," she added.

Over a 3-year period (2017-2019) MSC Southeast MLT Program students achieved 100% graduation rate, 94% first-time board exam pass rate, and 100% job placement. The demand for Medical Laboratory Technicians is very strong. Employment in the field is expected to rise 11% between 2018 and 2028, faster than other occupations.

The Medical Laboratory Program's 10-year NAACLS accreditation will continue until April 30, 2030.

PHOTO CAPTION: Youa Xiong, Oralia Rueda Gomez, and Jesse Lorenz are all graduates of MSC Southeast’s Medical Laboratory Technician program, now working together at Winona Health.

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