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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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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.


Pima Medical Institute

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

Explore a new career with Pima Medical Institute.


Keiser University

[Campus]
Programs:
  • Medical Laboratory Science, BS(Online Only)
Quick Summary: For over 35 years, Keiser University has provided student-centered, quality career education.

San Joaquin Valley College

[Campus]
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.

Ashworth College

[Campus]
Locations:
  • Norcross
Programs:
  • Pharmacy Technician
Quick Summary: Earn your degree or diploma on your schedule and succeed at Ashworth College.

Carrington College California

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

Capella University

[Campus]
Locations:
  • Minneapolis
Programs:
  • BS - Health Information Technology
Quick Summary:

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


Kaplan College - KHE

[Campus]
Locations:
  • Vista
Programs:
  • Diploma: X-Ray Technician/Medical Assistant Back Office
Quick Summary: Get a professional education designed with your future in mind at Kaplan College.

Santa Barbara Business College

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

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

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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