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Medical Laboratory Technologists perform complex analyses of specimens such as cells or body fluids using lab equipment like microscopes, cell counters, and centrifuges. Clinical laboratory workers study medical microbiology, clinical chemistry, hematology, and immunology. They interpret test results, ensure proper collection of samples, and communicate accurate test results to physicians or nurses.

At Colorado Mesa University, admission into the Associate of Applied Science degree in Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) is competitive and requires a separate application process with selective admission requirements and set application deadlines. Once accepted, the program is completed in three semesters, plus summer phlebotomy courses for any students who aren’t already certified phlebotomists. The final semester is a clinical internship at an affiliated site in western Colorado. The majority of MLT courses are delivered in a hybrid format. Lectures are delivered online with lab sessions held on campus. Graduates are eligible to take the Medical Laboratory Technician national certification exam through the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP).

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• Biochemistry Technologist
• Biotechnician
• Blood and Plasma Laboratory Assistant
• Blood Bank Laboratory Technician
• Chemistry Technologist
• Chief Medical Technologist
• Clinical Laboratory Manager
• Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS)
• Clinical Laboratory Technologist
• Clinical Medical Technologist
• Clinical Research Assistant
• Cytogenetic Technologist
• Cytotechnologist
• Differential Specialist
• Hematology Technician
• Hemodialysis Technician
• Histology Technician
• Histopathology Technician
• Immunohematologist
• Immunology Technologist
• Laboratory Assistant
• Laboratory Supervisor
• Laboratory Technician
• Laboratory Worker
• Medical Chief Technician
• Medical Lab Assistant
• Medical Laboratory Technician
• Medical Laboratory Technologist
• Medical Numerical Control Operator
• Medical Technician
• Medical Technologist
• Microbiology Technician
• Neurology Technician
• Pathologist Assistant
• Pathology Laboratory Technologist
• Pathology Technician
• Pharmaceutical Laboratory Technician
• Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
• Phlebotomist
• Research Assistant
• Serology Technician
• Specimen Processor
• Tissue Technician
• Toxicology Laboratory Technician
• Vascular Technician

Note: Some of the occupations listed above may require additional education, experience, or training beyond a bachelor’s degree. To research these occupations use the Career Research Resources links below.

• Program computers.
• Work as an accountant.
• Program robotics designed for various tasks.
• Help develop software for a computer company.
• Teach math to others.
• Help create animated films.
• Aid in medical research.
• Ambulatory Health Care Services
• Blood Banks
• Clinical/Diagnostic Laboratories
• Fertility Centers
• Government Organizations
• Hospitals
• Manufacturers of diagnostic testing kits and laboratory equipment and supplies
• Medical Laboratories
• Pharmaceutical Manufacturers
• Physicians’ Offices
• Public Health Agencies
• Research/Forensic Laboratories
• Reference Laboratories
• Transplant and Blood Donor Centers

Skills Needed by Medical Laboratory Technology majors:

• Strong math and science background
• Problem-solving skills
• Verbal and written communication skills
• Knowledgeable about operating and maintaining equipment
• Math skills
• Critical thinking skills
• Ability to make decisions
• Leadership and decision-making skills
• Ability to collaborate and adapt
• Detail-oriented
• Ability to perform repetitive tasks
• Ability to work well with other members of the healthcare team

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