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Watch the video above to learn more about the Medical Laboratory Assistant program at Mount Aloysius College.

Degree Details

Offered as: Associate

Program Highlights

  • 95% of graduates are either employed in the field of medical laboratory technology or continuing their education
  • Affordable tuition
  • Associate Degree Available

Why Study Medical Lab Technicians at Mount Aloysius College?

Medical Laboratory Technicians are part of the health care team who work together with clinicians in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases. 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.

What do Medical Laboratory Technicians do?

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. They analyze patient samples, primarily blood, using sophisticated laboratory equipment and technology. Medical Laboratory Technicians use instruments such as microscopes, computers and complex laboratory instrumentation to analyze patient specimens.  They report the results back to the physician so that a diagnosis and treatment plan can be created. 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 healthcare career, but may not want to do direct patient care.

MLT Class of 2016

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
  • Safety
  • Use of complex laboratory equipment and analyzers
  • Experience with electronic medical record
  • Collaboration and teamwork as a health care provider

Where Will I work?

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
    • C. Blair Memorial Hospital
    • Duke Lifepoint Nason Hospital
    • Duke Lifepoint Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center
    • Duke Lifepoint 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.
    • Calais Regional Hospital, Calais, Maine
  • Industry and research
    • Abbott Laboratories

Are there job openings? How much will I make?

The demand for Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians is expected to rise 18% from 2014 to 2024, an increase of 28,000 jobs.*

The average median wage for an Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians in the state of Pennsylvania is $42,060.*

*Bureau of Labor Statistics

Recent Success Stories

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!”

Who will teach me?

The faculty 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.

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Accreditation

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
Website: www.naacls.org

Pass and Placement Rates

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%

Clinical Sites
  • 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.
  • 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.
Essential Functions Policy

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.

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Kathy Hoyne
Clinical Coordinator Health Studies Division/ Coordinator, Medical Laboratory Technician Program



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