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Medical Lab Technician

Associate of Applied Science

Credits Required for Graduation: 67.00


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Medical Laboratory Technician

It takes hard work and dedication to become a medical laboratory technician. It requires a strong background in such sciences as math, biology, and chemistry. A technician is expected to handle stressful conditions and to supply critical information for the patients' care.

It also takes a dedication to helping others and a desire to be recognized by other health professionals as a valuable member of the health care team. Medical laboratory technicians may need to be able to work varied shifts (days, evenings, or nights) and may work some regular weekends and some holidays.


Student Success Guide.


Program Chair

Carolyn Byom MS, MT(ASCP)
608.789.6284
byomc@westerntc.edu


Summer Contact

Kathy Gregerson
Administrative Assistant
608.785.9233
GregersonK@westerntc.edu


Clubs

The MLT Club provides the opportunity for students to participate in Western College government activities, volunteer in community activities and learn more about the medical laboratory profession by attending the state Medical Laboratory Conference (ASCLS-WI) and participating in a student quiz bowl, poster competitions and networking with practicing professionals.


Professional Organizations

Wisconsin Society of Clinical Laboratory Science (WISCLS)
American Society of Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS-WI)


Web Related Links

Get a feel for what a day in the life of a MLT is like (pdf)
Lab Science Careers
American Society of Clinical Pathologists
American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science
National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences


Essential Functions

Essential functions have been identified for each program. These essential functions specify the physical, environmental, and cognitive/mental requirements that students may be expected to perform to complete the program. To obtain a detailed list of these functions, or inquire about accommodations for a documented disability, please contact Kristina Stellpflug, Instructional Support Services at 608.785.9875, or StellpflugK@westerntc.edu . Students applying for admission to a program will be mailed a copy of the program's essential functions.

Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT DOES A MEDICAL LABORATORY TECHNICIAN DO?

A medical laboratory technician is a health care professional who works in a hospital, clinic, and less frequently in public health agencies, pharmaceutical firms, and research institutions. Technicians perform such tasks as collecting blood specimens and a wide variety of laboratory tests on patients' specimens. This profession provides essential information to maintain patient's health and diagnose disease


WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BECOME A MEDICAL LABORATORY TECHNICIAN?

It takes hard work and dedication to become a medical technician. It requires a strong background in such sciences as math, biology, and chemistry. A technician is expected to handle stressful conditions and to supply critical information for the patients' care. It also takes a dedication to helping others and a desire to be recognized by other health professionals as a valuable member of the health care team. Medical laboratory technicians may need to be able to work varied shifts (e.g. days, evenings, or nights) and may work some regular weekends and some holidays.


HOW LONG IS THE PROGRAM AT WESTERN?

The Medical Laboratory Technician Program at Western Technical College is five (5) terms. The first year of the program consists of fall, spring and summer terms. The second year includes the fall and spring terms with graduation at the end of April. However, some students choose to spread the program out over three years taking science and general education courses for a year prior to formal entry into the program. This is a great help in reducing the workload of the program.


WILL I BE REQUIRED TO TRAVEL?

The program utilizes clinical sites in La Crosse, Onalaska, Tomah, Sparta, Black River Falls, Winona, and La Crescent during the first year. (A good running car and a valid driver's license or alternate transportation is required starting first semester for clinical.) During the second year, clinical sites are in La Crosse, Sparta, Black River Falls, Mauston, Hillsboro, Viroqua, Prairie du Chien, and Winona to name a few. Students are responsible for their own transportation and housing, if they decide to stay at the outlying sites.


HOW MUCH TIME WILL I SPEND IN HOSPITALS?

During the second half of terms one and two, first year students attend an enrichment experience for 3-4 hours, 1 day/week at a medical laboratory clinical site. There is no clinical during the summer session. During the second year, the last 4 weeks of the fall term and all of the spring term students attend clinical 40 hours/week.


WHAT HAPPENS AFTER I GRADUATE?

After graduation, students may seek employment as graduate Medical laboratory technicians. Graduates are then eligible to take a national board or Certification Exam. Upon satisfactory completion of this exam, the graduate is then certified nationally. Students may have to take a licensure exam in some states in addition to being nationally certified.


ARE THERE GOOD JOBS OUT THERE?

Medical Laboratory Technician has been listed as a field anticipating shortages of qualified lab personnel. There is a good likelihood that the job market for technicians will remain strong for years to come. The Western Technical College Student Employment Services Office can provide job placement statistics for the previous year.


WHAT IF I HAVE SPECIAL NEEDS?

Essential functions have been identified for each program. These essential functions specify the physical, environmental, and cognitive/mental requirements that students may be expected to perform to complete the program. To obtain a detailed list of these functions, or inquire about accommodations for a documented disability, please contact Kristina Stellpflug, Instructional Support Services at 608.785.9875, or StellpflugK@westerntc.edu . Students applying for admission to a program will be mailed a copy of the program's essential functions.

DO I NEED A PHYSICAL EXAM?

All students are required to be immunized or provide the appropriate immunization records prior to acceptance into the MLT Program. It is strongly recommended and required at most clinical sites that students be immunized against Hepatitis B or submit a signed waiver. All students involved in a clinical course will be automatically enrolled in Western Technical College's Accident Only Insurance Plan. This insurance covers injuries that you may incur on the way to or from any clinical experience, and any injury that you may sustain at the clinical site while performing your clinical duties as a Western Technical College student. The Student Health Center provides medical care and immunization at minimal cost for students carrying six credits or more.

WHAT ARE THE ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS?

Please see our Admission Requirements page for a complete list of requirements for entry into this program.

HOW DO I GET INTO THE PROGRAM?

An application for admission can be obtained from the Student Services Office of the Welcome Center (first floor of the Academic Resource Building), by calling (608) 785-9553 or online at: http://www.westerntc.edu/admissions. You will be assisted in your entry into the college by an admissions counselor. Visit the Medical Laboratory Technician program web page for more information including a link to the online orientation. If you would like a job shadow experience, please call one the Medical Laboratory Technician faculty to arrange this. This will be a great help in your deciding if clinical laboratory science is the career for you.

HOW CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION?

The Enrollment Services would be glad to assist you in any way they can. The Enrollment Services Advisor Staff are:

Deb Kaiser
Enrollment Service Advisor
608.785.9078
KaiserD@westerntc.edu

Stacey Nelson
Enrollment Service Advisor
608.785.9842
NelsonS@westerntc.edu

Jessica Rudnick
Enrollment Service Advisor
608.785.9129
RudnikJ@westerntc.edu

Program Faculty

The Medical Laboratory Technician faculty at Western Technical College would also be glad to assist you in any way they can. They can make arrangements for you to talk to students who are currently in the program as well as recent graduates of the program.

Carolyn Byom MS, MT(ASCP)
Program Head/Instructor
608.789.6284
byomc@westerntc.edu

Kari Christenson, MT (ASCP)
Instructor / Clinical Coordinator
608.789.4740
christensonk@westerntc.edu

Part-time Faculty

Nancy Feit, BS, MT (ASCP), BB
Helen Schrott, MT (ASCP)
Arlene Lueck - Teaching Assistant

Medical Advisor

Dr. Jeffrey Degenhardt
Clinical Pathologist, Franciscan Skemp Healthcare, (a Mayo Health Partner)

Accredited By

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
5600 N River Rd
Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018
Phone: 773-714-8880