If you love the science of medicine and want to work in a laboratory, this is the program for you.
With the Associate in Science in Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT), you can gain the tools and knowledge to work with pathologists, technologists, and technicians to analyze patient samples to detect illness, provide information to enable treatment, and ensure that the treatment will benefit the patient.
As a medical lab technician, you will be qualified to perform routine tests as well as more complex procedures, including analyzing blood for chemical components, typing blood to ensure safe transfusion, and identifying bacteria and other microorganisms.
When you have successfully completed the MLT program at the Penn State Learning Center in Lewistown, you can work in many areas of the medical laboratory, such as microbiology, chemistry, hematology, serology, blood bank, and urinalysis.
Employers seek medical laboratory technicians who have good analytical judgment and pay close attention to details. The majority of jobs are in:
- physicians’ offices
- medical and diagnostic laboratories
Penn State’s Associate in Science in Medical Laboratory Technology degree is fully accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS, 5600 North River Road., Suite 720, Rosemont, Illinois 60018-5119, phone: 847-939-3597, website: www.naacls.org). Graduates of this accredited MLT program are eligible to take national certification examinations, such as the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification exam, to become certified as an MLT (ASCP). This program is being offered in partnership with Penn State Hazleton.