Increased need for quality assurance in the medical laboratory has led to excellent employment Health Sciences opportunities for laboratory technicians.
Medical Laboratory Technicians (MLT) make an important contribution to the health care delivery system: they perform tests in the clinical or hospital lab that are necessary for diagnosis and treatment of disease. The results of that work guide the physician in treating patients. Although MLTs' work does not place them in direct contact with patients, they must maintain compassion and accept the patient's welfare as their highest priority.
The MLT program at Washington State combines the theory of the profession with practical laboratory skills. In the first year of the program the student will learn basic and intermediate lab skills in the student laboratory on campus. In the second year the student will practice those skills in clinical affiliate laboratories supervised by pathologists and medical technologists.
Washington State's medical laboratory technology program is fully accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).
As a medical laboratory technology student at Washington State, you will acquire skills in a program recognized for its outstanding quality. During your studies, you will:
- Perform microscopic and chemical testing of urine.
- Use manual and automated methods to count white and red blood cells.
- Perform blood serum tests for diseases such as mononucleosis and rheumatoid arthritis.
- Test for blood clotting to monitor medication and diagnose diseases like hemophilia.
- Grow and identify bacteria from various body sources, such as throat cultures.
- Perform chemical assays of blood serum, including blood sugars and cholesterol levels.
- Test and match donor blood with patient blood for compatibility prior to transfusions.
- Medical centers
- Private labs
- Industrial labs
- Public health facilities
- Research facilities
Course listings with descriptions of each class may be found in the Washington State Community College Catalog.
Evening courses may be required to complete this program.
Successful completion of the medical laboratory technician program leads to the Associate of Applied Science degree. Graduates are eligible to take the appropriate certification examinations offered nationally.
Click here for an application packet: Medical Laboratory Technology
Contact to learn more:
Steve Temesvary, MHA, MLS (ASCP)cm
Director, Medical Laboratory Technology
Health Sciences office: