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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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King University

[Online]
Programs:
  • Bachelor of Science in Health Informatics
Quick Summary:

King University is a comprehensive university that offers more than 80 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in numerous fields. Degrees are taught on-campus and online by the same faculty and with the same high quality standards in mind.


Concorde

[Campus]
Programs:
  • Surgical Technology
Quick Summary:

At Concorde, you’ll find that a “learn by doing” approach to healthcare training will get you the skills you need to succeed-- and get you into the workforce quickly.


Kaplan College - KHE

[Campus]
Locations:
  • San Diego
Programs:
  • Associate of Applied Science: Health Information Technology
Quick Summary: Get a professional education designed with your future in mind at Kaplan College.

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: Earn a respected bachelor's degree, master's degree, or Ph.D. online at Walden University.

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!

Ashworth College

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

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.


CBD College

[Campus]
Locations:
  • Los Angeles
Programs:
  • Surgical Technology
  • Medical Sonography
  • Pharmacy Technician
Quick Summary: Get career training with CBD College.

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.

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.

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.

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.

North-West College

[Campus]
Programs:
  • Surgical Technology
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (Ultrasound Technician)
  • Pharmacy Technician
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