Medical Laboratory Technology
- Major Courses and General Education Courses
- Admission and Transfer Requirements
- Graduation Requirements
Why Choose Medical Laboratory Technology
Medical Laboratory Technicians (MLT) perform laboratory analyses to help the physician detect, diagnose and treat disease. Technicians work with sophisticated laboratory instruments and computers that must be kept in optimal operating condition to give the most accurate results. The volume and sophistication of laboratory testing will increase as the population ages. Physicians base about 70% of their diagnoses and treatment decisions on the results of laboratory testing.
Medical laboratory technicians work under the supervision of the medical laboratory scientist and the medical director of the laboratory in such departments of the medical laboratory as blood bank, clinical chemistry, microbiology, hematology, serology, and body fluid analysis.
The program combines classroom instruction and laboratory practice on-campus with an internship in an affiliated laboratory.
The program is fully accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS.) NAACLS can be contacted at the following: 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018, (773)714-8880.
Career opportunities exist mainly in clinical laboratories at hospitals, medical centers, and physician offices. Other opportunities may exist in: the pharmaceutical industry, research and biotechnology; government crime labs, accreditation offices, environmental technology, veterinary medicine and lab information systems; humanitarian work in the Peace Corps, Project Hope, and with medical missionary workers.
The average annual base salary of full-time medical laboratory technicians was $45,715 in 2017. Salaries are increasing annually.
College of Health Professions
Ferris State University
200 Ferris Drive
Big Rapids, MI 49307