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Medical Lab Technician Training and Schools

Are you interested in working in the healthcare field? Do you want a career that enables you to help others? Learn what a medical lab technician does and the lab technician trainings you need to join the field.

Medical laboratory technicians, also known as medical lab technologists or clinical lab technicians or technologists, examine and analyze body fluids and cells using sophisticated laboratory equipment such as microscopes and cell counters. They perform drug tests, match blood for transfusions, and look for bacteria or parasites. After testing and examining a specimen, they analyze the results and relay them to physicians.

Medical Lab Technician Careers

Medical laboratory technologists usually perform more complex tasks than technicians, and have a higher level of education. However, a position as a medical lab technician requires less training. Some medical lab technicians specialize in a certain area, like phlebotomy. A phlebotomist is a lab technician who collects blood samples for analysis.

A medical lab technician might work at an independent laboratory, or one in a hospital. In larger facilities, lab staff must cover day, evening and night shifts, and may work weekends and/or holidays. In smaller facilities, they may rotate shifts, or be on call at night or on weekends for emergencies.

Laboratories tend to be clean, well-lighted work environments.  Although fumes from chemical solutions and infectious specimens will be present, clinical lab staff use protective gear such as masks, gloves and goggles, and follow procedures for infection control and sterilization that keep risks at a minimum. In addition, personnel tend to spend a lot of time on their feet.

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Campus and Online Medical Technician Schools

 
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ITT Technical Institute

[Campus]
Programs:
  • AS - Health Information Technology
Quick Summary: Are you interested in pursuing a high-tech career? Getting an education from ITT Tech is a great place to start!

Ultimate Medical Academy Online

[Online]
Programs:
  • A.S. - Healthcare Technology and Systems
  • A.S. - Healthcare Information Technology
  • Diploma - Pharmacy Technician
  • More
Quick Summary:

Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA) offers industry-relevant knowledge and training for in demand careers in healthcare.


Carrington College

[Campus]
Programs:
  • Pharmacy Technology
Quick Summary:

Welcome to Carrington College - The Starting Point for Health Care Careers.


San Joaquin Valley College

[Campus]
Locations:
  • Ontario
Programs:
  • Pharmacy Technology
Quick Summary: San Joaquin Valley College is an accredited private junior college committed to the professional success of its students and graduates.
Founded in 1977, SJVC has campuses located throughout California-including an Online division and offers a variety of accelerated Certificate and Associate of Science degree programs in the business, medical and technical fields.

Students benefit from a balance of classroom instruction and real-world experience, learning the skills they need to go straight to work in today’s competitive job market.

Pima Medical Institute

[Campus]
Locations:
  • Chula Vista
Programs:
  • Pharmacy Technician
Quick Summary:

Explore a new career with Pima Medical Institute.


Walden University

[Online]
Programs:
  • M.S in Information Technology - Health Informatics
Quick Summary:

Impact your world with a degree from Walden. Start today!


Platt College

[Campus]
Programs:
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Quick Summary: Turn your talents into a career at nationally recognized and accredited Platt College.

Capella University

[Campus]
Locations:
  • Minneapolis
Programs:
  • BS - Health Information Technology (ABET-accredited)
Quick Summary:

Capella provides a flexible online learning environment designed for working adults who want to advance in their profession.


Adelphi University

[Online]
Programs:
  • Master of Science in Healthcare Informatics
Quick Summary: Adelphi University’s roots reach back to 1863 and the founding of the Adelphi Academy, a private preparatory school in Brooklyn, New York. The Academy was incorporated in 1869 and its Board of Trustees was charged with establishing a first class institution for the broadest and most thorough training, and to make its advantages as accessible as possible to the largest numbers of our population. The school quickly gained a reputation for its innovative curriculum, particularly in physical culture and early childhood education.

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