The Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) is qualified academically in applied science education to provide clinical laboratory skills and knowledge in rapidly changing and dynamic healthcare delivery systems. Medical laboratory technicians perform, evaluate, correlate, and assure accuracy and validity of laboratory information; direct and supervise clinical laboratory resources and operations; and collaborate in diagnosing and treating patients.
Associate Degree in Medical Laboratory Technician
- The Medical Laboratory Technician Program (MLT) at Shelton State Community College (SSCC) will prepare the student to possess the entry-level competencies necessary to perform routine clinical laboratory tests in all major areas of the medical laboratory.
- The level of medical laboratory analysis ranges from waived and point of care testing to complex testing.
- Medical Laboratory Technician professionals demonstrate ethical and moral attitudes and principles necessary for gaining and maintaining the confidence of patients, professional associates, and the community.
- The Associate in Applied Science program offers a balanced curriculum which consists of general education and medical laboratory technician courses designed to be completed in five consecutive semesters.
- Associate Degree in Applied Sciences (A.A.S.), Two-Year Option (Make A Plan).
- After completing the MLT Program, a student is eligible to take the National Board of Certification (BOC) examination by An American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) or other agencies and become a nationally certified medical laboratory technician.
What Can I Earn?
The median annual wage for clinical laboratory technologists and technicians was $53,120 in May 2019. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount, and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $30,920, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $81,530. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians, at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/clinical-laboratory-technologists-and-technicians.htm (visited February 18, 2021).
The employment of clinical laboratory technologists and technicians is projected to grow 7 percent from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations. Clinical laboratory technologists and technicians will be in demand to use and maintain the equipment needed for diagnosis and treatment.