The Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) Program culminates into an Associate Degree of Applied Science. The Program offers a full-time track that can be completed in two years and a part- time track that will take three years to complete. A new class starts each fall semester. The student attends lectures and participates in student lab activities at the Coleman College for Health Sciences. Topics studied include Hematology, Clinical Chemistry, Immunology, Urinalysis, Microbiology and Blood Banking.
Classes at the Coleman College for Health Sciences are offered Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to approximately 3:00 p.m. or 1:00p.m. to 6:00p.m. Clinical hours are Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The student is responsible for transportation and parking fees. After graduation, the student is eligible to take a national certification exam and gain the title of Medical Laboratory Technician.
Degrees and Certificates
A Career in Medical Laboratory Technician
A graduate earns an Associate of Applied Science Degree and is eligible to be certified by the American Society of the Clinical Pathologists or the National Certification Agency for Medical Laboratory Personnel as a Medical Laboratory Technician. A graduate using the Associate degree could further their education by obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science degree in as little as 18 months and then work as a Medical Laboratory Scientist in the same areas already mentioned such as the forensic laboratory.Forensic tests would be reported to a medical laboratory director and these reports form the basis for legal evidence in crimes or investigations. The B.S. in M.L.S. can also be done online by the MLT graduate.
Today's Medical Laboratory Technician is employed in many diverse medical settings ranging from hospital, reference, research, forensic, or physicians' office laboratories. Other employment opportunities include working in medical businesses such as medical instrument technicians or medical supply industries.
Employment opportunities are excellent in the Houston area, Gulf Coast areas, and across the United States and some employers are offering sign-on bonuses for the CLT. Entry level salaries average $32,000 to $42,000 annually and this figure is going up.
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The MLT Program is accredited with the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018. Their phone number is (773) 714-8880.
- ASCP Certification Pass Rate: 99%
- Job Placement Rate: 99%
- Program Retention Rate: 97%
There are 2,683 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians employed in the Greater Houston Area. This number is expected to increase by 17.3% over the next four years.
- The estimated annual job openings is 207 jobs a year.
- Median Wages - $17.43 hourly, $36,000 annually