Medical Laboratory Technician
Associate of Applied Science
The MLT program at Otero Junior College in Southeast Colorado offers an accredited two year AAS degree and is designed to prepare qualified laboratory professionals for entry level employment in environments such as hospitals, outpatient clinics, and private medical laboratories. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take national examinations to become certified Medical Laboratory Technicians.
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What is a Medical Laboratory Technician?
A medical laboratory technician (MLT) is part of a team of laboratory scientists who work to prevent and diagnose disease. An MLT works under the supervision of a physician or a medical technologist to perform a variety of health care lab jobs including preparing samples for testing and analysis, monitoring tests, and using a wide variety of lab equipment and techniques that are critical components in a clinical laboratory setting.
About the Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) Program
The MLT program at Otero Junior College in Southeast Colorado offers an accredited two-year AAS degree designed to prepare you for entry-level employment as a qualified laboratory professional in hospitals, outpatient clinics, private medical laboratories and other related settings.
Three semesters will be spent at the OJC campus and two semesters will be partially spent in clinical rotations at an affiliated clinical facility.
The OJC MLT program is accredited by National Accreditation Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). Their contact information is: NAACLS; 5600 River Rd. Suite 720 Rosemont, IL 60018; Phone 773-714-8880; Fax 773-714-8886; Email: email@example.com ; Web site: www.naacls.org
The student must apply for general college admission to Otero Junior College. Applying to OJC is free and can be completed online.
In addition the student is required to:
Nursing & Health Professions
An optional Phlebotomy certificate can be obtained by completing the Hematology I course plus the Phlebotomy course. This optional Phlebotomy certificate can be obtained by enrolling in an additional summer semester.