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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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Everest College

[Campus]
Locations:
  • Reseda
Programs:
  • Diploma - Surgical Technologist
Quick Summary: Leave that dead-end job behind with training from Everest College.

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!

Capella University

[Campus]
Locations:
  • Minneapolis
Programs:
  • BS - Health Information Technology
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Capella provides a flexible online learning environment designed for working adults who want to advance in their profession.


Westwood College

[Campus]
Programs:
  • Health Information Technology (A)
Quick Summary: Westwood College is dedicated to preparing students with the knowledge, skills and training needed for meaningful employment. Through education, we create opportunities, change lives and impact futures.

Kaplan University

[Campus]
Programs:
  • AAS in Health Information Technology
Quick Summary:

Kaplan University is focused on recognizing the achievements of military and veteran students and offers the flexibility of an online education.


Unitek College

[Campus]
Programs:
  • Pharmacy Technician
Quick Summary: Get the training you need for a career in health care at Unitek College.

Carrington College California

[Campus]
Locations:
  • San Jose
Programs:
  • AS in Pharmacy Technology
Quick Summary: Ready for a rewarding career? Start with a certificate or degree from Carrington College California.

Rasmussen College Online

[Online]
Programs:
  • Health Information Technology Associate's Degree
Quick Summary:

Further your education and strengthen your skill set at Rasmussen College.


Walden University

[Online]
Programs:
  • M.S in Information Technology - Health Informatics
Quick Summary: Earn a respected bachelor's degree, master's degree, or Ph.D. online at Walden University.

Santa Barbara Business College

[Campus]
Programs:
  • Associate of Science Health Information Technology
  • Health Information Technology
Quick Summary: Study online or on campus with Santa Barbara Business College.

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