Associate of Applied Science in
Associate in Applied Sciences – Medical Laboratory Technician
Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College
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Medical Laboratory Technicians are “scientists behind the scenes” of the medical care team. They perform testing on blood and body fluids to assist physicians in detecting diseases and monitoring treatment. Medical laboratory workers perform general tests in all laboratory areas: blood banking, clinical chemistry, haematology, immunology, microbiology, and urinalysis. They work with medical technologists to hunt for clues to the absence, presence, extent, and causes of diseases. These vital healthcare detectives assist physicians in patient diagnosis and treatment. MLT’s use sophisticated instrumentation and technology, computers, and methods are requiring manual dexterity to perform laboratory testing on blood and body fluids.
NEO is the only college in Oklahoma to offer two formats for the MLT program courses: Hybrid and Distance. Students enrolled in the hybrid program will complete the theory online and labs on campus. Students enrolled in the distance program will complete the theory online and labs both online and on campus. The campus labs for distance students will total six days during the semester (two days, in the beginning, two days midterm, and two days at the end of the semester). All students participate in clinical experiences in medical facilities for 12 weeks, beginning in the second half of the spring semester.
Medical Laboratory Technicians are primarily employed in hospital laboratories but are also employed by physician clinic laboratories, reference labs, community blood banks, product manufacturers, and pharmaceutical companies.