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Title: Is a Career in Medical Laboratory Technology for you?


1
Is a Career in Medical Laboratory Technology for
you?
  • Here are some answers to your questions!

2
What is a Medical Laboratory Technologist?
  • Lab Techs work with blood, urine, feces, spinal
    fluid and tissue and utilize complex instruments,
    microscopes and manual methods to perform lab
    tests There is some patient contact through
    blood drawing.

3
  • What are the steps to enrollment?

4
PROCEDURES
  • Complete and submit a York Technical College
    Application
  • Take the placement test or submit SAT/ACT scores
  • Submit college transcripts (if applicable)
  • Meet with an Admissions Counselor
  • Be accepted to the Pre-Medical Lab Tech program
  • Work with your advisor each term
  • Meet requirements for program goal
  • Meet with an Admissions Counselor
  • Pay the 50.00 wait list fee
  • Pay the 100.00 deposit when seat is available
  • Maintain 2.0 GPR each semester
  • Fulfill entry criteria
  • Physical Exam
  • Criminal Background Check
  • Health and liability insurance

5
  • Can I get a job after I graduate from this
    program?

6
  • Medical Laboratory Technologist Works in
    hospital labs, reference labs, doctors offices,
    veterinary offices, industrial and environmental
    labs

7
  • Four major areas of study/employment
  • Blood Bank blood transfusion preparation
  • Hematology study blood cells, urine, clotting
    factors
  • Microbiology works with bacteria, parasites,
    viruses
  • Chemistry- tests blood for multiple chemicals
    such as glucose, cholesterol, drugs of abuse, and
    many more substances

8
  • Currently there is a shortage of MLTs.
  • The majority of York Technical College graduates
    are employed within three months of graduation.

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  • What salary will I make after completing this
    program?
  • The average entry level salary range is 26,000
    to 32,000/year. Earning potential is higher for
    2nd 3rd shift work.

10
  • What types of work will I participate in?
  • Manual and automated testing of blood, body
    fluids, and tissue specimens.

11
Things To Consider
  • Curriculum is rigorous requires extensive
    reading, study time and good time management
    skills- takes 21 months to complete
  • Program runs concurrently starts only once each
    fall if you withdraw or fail an MLT course you
    have to reapply to be able to start over the next
    fall
  • Jobs are plentiful entry level pay is 12.50 -
    16.00/hr 1st , 2nd and 3rd shift jobs may
    work some holidays
  • Critical thinking required on the job
  • Stress level medium to high
  • Must be a team player as well as able to work
    independently
  • Very interesting and rewarding field of study

12
  • How time-consuming is this program?

13
  • MLT courses are intense and require adequate,
    ongoing study time. During the senior year,
    students are in clinical rotations 32 hours per
    week in addition to taking an online course.
    This schedule makes it difficult to work a
    full-time job while enrolled in the program. If
    a student must work, it is highly recommended
    that you work no more than 20 hours per week.

14
  • How much studying will I need to do?
  • Each students requirement for studying varies.
    Since there is so much information that is
    covered during each class session, it is advised
    that the student study 2 3 hours each night.
    Students who procrastinate and wait to study on
    the night before the test often find that they
    are not successful in this program.

15
  • How stressful is the clinical environment?

16
  • The program can be quite stressful. During the
    freshman year, material learned must be retained
    for the upcoming clinical year. In the clinical
    year, students are acquiring hands on skills to
    make the connection between theory and practice.
    Students must be willing to become motivated,
    independent learners and accept constructive
    criticism while in the clinical setting.

17
  • What types of patients and diseases may I
    encounter?

18
  • Medical Laboratory Technicians may be exposed to
    many different types of diseases such as AIDS and
    tuberculosis. Students enrolled in the program
    are taught safety precautions for ways to protect
    themselves from contracting a disease.

19
  • Will I actually be required to touch patients?
  • Yes! MLT students go through a phlebotomy
    rotation where they draw blood from patients.

20
  • Will I see blood in the clinical setting?
  • Blood, urine, spinal fluid and feces are common
    specimens that Medical Laboratory Technicians
    work with in their clinical rotations.

21
  • Is there a great deal of physical work associated
    with this field?
  • Sitting, standing, and walking are common in each
    area of the lab. The student may occasionally be
    required to lift objects weighing from 5 to 20
    lbs.

22
  • Are there a lot of assignments that must be
    completed on my own time?
  • There are online courses and computer assisted
    instruction (CAI) assignments in the MLT program
    that require time outside of class to complete.

23
  • Are there opportunities for advancement in my
    career?
  • MLTs may become supervisors in some institutions.
    The MLT degree can be used as a stepping stone
    toward a 4yr. Degree. There are opportunities
    in clinics, industry and veterinary labs.

24
  • What type of special skills do I need to possess
    in order to be a successful Medical Laboratory
    Technician?

25
Skills Needed in MLT
  • Responsible/reliable
  • Flexible/adaptable
  • Good communication skills
  • Like working with people and equipment
  • Strong interest in science

26
  • Make An Informed and Realistic Choice

27
Things to consider
  • Curriculum is rigorous requires extensive
    reading, study time and good time management
    skills- takes 21 months to complete
  • Program runs concurrently starts only once each
    fall if you withdraw or fail an MLT course you
    have to reapply to be able to start over the next
    fall
  • Jobs are plentiful entry level pay is 12.50 -
    16.00/hr 1st , 2nd and 3rd shift jobs may
    work some holidays
  • Critical thinking required on the job
  • Stress level medium to high
  • Must be a team player as well as able to work
    independently
  • Very interesting and rewarding field of study

28
Make an INFORMED and REALISTIC CHOICE
  • The grading scale for the Medical Laboratory
    Technology program for both coursework and
    clinicals
  • 93-100, A 85-92, B 80-84, C 75-79, D
    Below 75, F.
  • Students MUST maintain a MINIMUM grade point
    average of 80 in all Surgical Technology
    coursework in order to remain in the program.
  • A minimum of 80 is required in all clinical
    coursework. Below 80 is considered unacceptable
    clinical performance.

29
In other words
  • Students who earn any grade below a C in any
    Medical Laboratory Technology course will not be
    eligible to continue.
  • It is very difficult for students to work more
    than 20 hours per week and be successful in this
    program.

30
  • What are the expenses for the program?

31
ESTIMATED Expenses
  • Tuition fees for five semesters (in
    county) 8,740
  • Textbooks 1200
  • Uniforms 200
  • Liability Insurance 15
  • Health Insurance 944 -1370 (if purchased
    through York Technical College)
  • Physical Exam 125
  • TB Testing 45
  • Recommended Hepatitis Vaccine 240
  • Criminal Background Check 50
  • Drug Screen 10
  • CPR Certification 50
  • SCSCLS Student Membership 50
  • Certification Exam Fee 125

32
  • What will I be called when I complete the
    program?
  • Graduates are called MLTs. Once the national
    test (ASCP or NCA) is passed, the MLT is referred
    to as MLT(ASCP), American Society of Clinical
    Pathologists, or MLT(NCA), National Certification
    Agency.

33
  • What is the difference between a MLT and a MT?
  • A MLT has an associate degree (2 yr degree) and
    an MT possesses a 4 yr degree. MLTs do the
    majority of lab testing while MTs take on
    supervisory or management roles.

34
  • Will I be required to complete additional
    training once I become certified?
  • Continuing education in the form of workshops,
    classes, etc. is the norm for MLTs and is
    required to maintain certification.

35
Can You Picture Yourself in a Career in
Medical Laboratory Technology?
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  • If so, you may have additional questions.
  • Please feel free to contact
  • Lynne Fantry- Program Manager at 981-7082
  • OR
  • Michelle Gagan-
  • Clinical Coordinator at 981-7118
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