Medical laboratory Technicians (MLT), also known as Clinical Laboratory Technicians, play a crucial role in the diagnosis, treatment and management of patients. They perform complex testing using sophisticated instruments to detect diseases and monitor treatment. Approximately 75% of medical decisions, diagnosis, treatment and evaluations, are based on the interpretations of laboratory test results. Medical laboratory technicians might isolate and identify an infectious organism that is causing a patient’s pneumonia or cross-match blood to be used in a transfusion. The laboratory testing they perform will show whether a diabetic patient’s glucose is normal or too high or they may perform testing on blood to detect and identify leukemia. They interpret and analyze test results and then communicate them to physicians for patient care.

A graduate earns an Associate of Applied Science Degree and is eligible to be certified by the American Society of the Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) as a Medical Laboratory Technician. 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. In addition, 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.

Degrees and Certificates

Medical Laboratory Technician - AAS

Program Information

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.

Admission Steps

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Accreditation Information

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.

Program Outcomes

Graduation Rates

  • 2016 30
  • 2015 15
  • 2014 21

ASCP Certification Exam Scores

Year-Taking % Pass Program National

  • 2016 27 96% 620 515
  • 2015 15 100% 599 515
  • 2014 21 100% 613 499

Job Placement Rate

  • 99% (Three-year average)

Employment

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 - $40,000 annually