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Medical Laboratory Technology

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I work with a degree in MLT?
Nationally certified Medical Laboratory Technicians work in clinical laboratories of hospitals, physicians’ offices and reference labs. Medical sales companies also hire MLTs in sales or technical support positions.
What is the demand for a MLT in the work place?
Job market demands have been projected through 2010 by the Georgia Bureau of Labor Statistics at 35%. Nationally, the ASCP 2003 Wage and Vacancy Survey shows overall certified MLT staff vacancy rates are the highest among all the twelve laboratory positions. The highest vacancy rates for this position are from hospitals with less than 100 beds (8.1% compared to 11.7% in 2002); large cities (9.1% compared to 10.7% in 2002); and the Far West region (9.3% compared to 5.5% in 2002).
Is the program difficult?
The program requires a good foundation in science and math. These courses are more difficult for some but less difficult for others.
What is the benefit of continuing my education after I complete my associate degree in Medical Laboratory Technology?
Completing a BS degree in Medical Technology or related science allows the MLT to qualify for Technologist certification by examination. Medical Technologist are eligible for supervisory positions and salaries are higher.
What do Medical Laboratory Technicians do?
MLTs perform low-high complexity diagnostic laboratory testing on blood and body fluids. Testing is performed in the areas of immunology, serology, hematology, chemistry, microbiology and immunohematology. MLTs also perform sample collection procedures by vein puncture or capillary puncture.
Is there a personal health risk to working in a clinical lab?
Exposure to disease is an occupational risk for workers in many health related professions. Students are required to be vaccinated to HBV, are taught standard precautionary measures and in the use of personal protective devices. A physical exam and or other tests may be required for externship assignments and completion of the program.
What salary can I expect?
The 2003 ASCP Wage and Vacancy Survey shows that the national average salary for MLTs (technicians) is $33,197.00 (15.96/hr) for staff MTs (technologists) $41,600.00 (20.00/hr). Wages by region may be higher or lower.

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