Medical Laboratory Technicians are part of the health care team who work together with clinicians in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases. They analyze patient samples, primarily blood, using sophisticated laboratory equipment and technology. Medical Laboratory Technicians use instruments such as microscopes, computers and complex laboratory instrumentaion to analyze patient specimens. They report the results back to the physician so that a diagnosis and treatment plan can be made. The work of Medical Laboratory Technicians is more behind the scenes rather than directly with patients. This makes it a great choice for those who are interested in a health care career, but may not want to do direct patient care.
Why Study Medical Laboratory Technology at Mount Aloysius College?
At Mount Aloysius College, you will have the opportunity to learn from professors who bring theory and practical applications to the classroom. Our small class sizes ensure that you will receive personal attention and considerable hands on experience. The Associate of Science Degree in Medical Laboratory Technology combines a strong liberal arts and science curriculum with extensive clinical practicum experience to ensure that graduates are job ready. The program promotes the development of critical thinking skills, strong clinical application skills, and a commitment to values based in the Mercy Tradition. The extended clinical rotation phase of the program provides hands on experience and practical application of
- Effective communication in the medical setting
- Infection control and prevention
- Medical ethics
- Use of complex laboratory equipment and analyzers
- Experience with electronic medical record
- Collaboration and team work as a health care provider
Available concentrations and specializations include:
- Medical Laboratory Technician Associate of Science degree
- Medical Laboratory Technician 2 + 2
- Medical Laboratory Technician Associate of Science degree combined with a Bachelor of Science degree in General Science
Who will teach you?
The faulty members in the Medical Laboratory Technician Program at Mount Aloysius College have a combination of over 100 years experience in both clinical laboratory work and classroom/laboratory teaching.
Upon graduation, Mount Aloysius College Medical Laboratory Technician graduates have found success in job placement. Professional employers of our graduates include:
- Local and Regional Health Care Facilities
- UPMC Altoona
- J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital
- Duke Life Point Nason Hospital
- Duke Life Point Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center
- Duke Life Point Miners Medical Center
- Penn Highlands DuBois Regional Medical Center
- Penn Highlands Elk Regional Medical Center
- Penn Highlands Brookville Hospital
- Punxsutawney Hospital
- Geisinger Lewistown Hospital
- Health Care Facilities Outside the Region:
- The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD
- UPMC Children’s Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA
- The Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA
- Bradford Regional Medical Center, Bradford, PA
- Calias Regional Hospital, Calias, ME
- Industry and research
- Abbott Laboratories
Recent Graduate survey information provides that mid-range starting salaries for Medical Laboratory Technician graduates range from $32,000 to $39,000 for entry level Medical Laboratory Technicians.
95% of Mount Aloysius College Medical Laboratory Technician program graduates are either employed in the field of medical laboratory technology or continuing their education.
Quotes from Recent Graduates:
Deon Natta, Class of 2016: “I left the military three years ago not sure what direction I was going to take. Now I have a great job in the laboratory of a local hospital and a great sense of accomplishment.”
Domonique Oyola, Class of 2016: “The field of Medical Laboratory Technology has helped me grow not only professionally, but as a person. It has truly made me appreciate life more and knowing I’m in a position of helping people makes me feel so great!”
Students will complete their clinical education at one of the following clinical affiliates:
Penn Highlands DuBois Regional Medical Center, DuBois, PA
DLP Nason Hospital, Roaring Spring, PA
J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital, Huntingdon, PA
Chan Soon-Shiong Medical Center at Windber, Windber, PA
Penn Highlands Brookville Hospital, Brookville, PA
Punxsutawney Area Hospital, Punxsutawney, PA
Penn Highlands Elk Regional Medical Center, St. Mary’s, PA
Tyrone Regional Health System, Tyrone, PA
Medical Laboratory Technician Program Essential Functions Policy
The practice of Medical Laboratory Technology requires that a person have certain essential technical abilities and skills in order to effectively perform the necessary competencies required of Medical Laboratory Technicians. The following is a list of essential functions that applicants for admission and continuing students must possess:
- Gross and Fine Motor Skills: The ability to use hand(s) with coordination and the ability to maneuver small objects with fingertips.
- Physical Mobility: The ability to move in and around the laboratory; the ability to maneuver in patient care areas for the purpose of performing the phlebotomy procedure and any other required procedures.
- Physical Strength and Endurance: The ability to stand and sit for extended periods of time; the ability to lift and handle laboratory equipment and supplies.
- Visual Acuity: The ability to read procedures, computer screens and labels; the ability to distinguish colors, distinguish clear from cloudy, and the ability to see objects through a microscope.
- Auditory: The ability to hear information and instructions communicated verbally.
- Communication: The ability to receive and convey information by way of reading, writing and speaking in the English language.
- Adaptability: The ability to accurately and safely perform assigned tasks under stressful conditions.
The Medical Laboratory Technician Program is fully accredited by:
NAACLS: National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
5600 N. River Road, Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018
Phone: (773) 714-8880
Fax: (773) 714-8886
American Society for Clinical Pathology Medical Laboratory Technician Board of Certification examination pass rate (3 year average): 83% (National Average 79%)
Graduation rate (3 year average): 85%
Graduate job placement rate (3 year average): 100%