News Release

Published on Friday, April 13, 2012

From April 22-28, Western Technical College is joining the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science in celebrating National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week (Lab Week) to recognize the medical laboratory professionals and pathologists who play a vital role in every aspect of health care.

Since lab professionals such as medical/clinical laboratory technicians (MLT/CLTs) often work behind the scenes, few people know that the critical testing they perform every day saves lives, reduces morbidity, and helps control the cost of care. Today, with advances in analytical science and automation–and as cost pressures reduce patient stays in the hospital–the work they do in the laboratory is more important than ever.

Lab Week started in 1975 as a time to honor the more than 300,000 medical laboratory professionals around the country who perform and interpret more than 10 billion laboratory tests in the United States every year.

For more information on NMLPW, visit the website For details on Western Technical College programs and services, call 608.785.9200 or visit