Do you like science? Would you like to know what causes infections and diseases – or how they make us sick? Do you find the idea of helping physicians diagnose patients appealing? If so, you might want to consider a career as a Medical Laboratory Technologist (MLT).
MLTs perform tests that help physicians diagnose, monitor, and treat disease. They can determine the cause of an infection and use sophisticated equipment to analyze blood’s chemical components (like glucose and cholesterol). They know how to use a microscope to identify normal and abnormal blood cells and determine a patient’s blood type . MLTs supply the health care team with a wealth of critical information, both diagnostic and therapeutic.
The Medical Laboratory Technology Program at Wake Tech offers the education and training necessary to become a highly-qualified and successful MLT. The curriculum prepares you to perform clinical laboratory procedures in chemistry, hematology, microbiology and immunohematology. Coursework emphasizes the mathematical and scientific concepts behind specimen collection and laboratory testing, quality assurance, and the reporting, recording, and interpreting of findings involving tissues, blood, and body fluids.