How Medical Lab Technicians are Shaping the Future
Feb 1, 2016
Every day we're seeing new ways to treat different diseases that in the past were either untreatable or fatal. Now with gene therapy and molecular chemical engineering, we are able to affect and even cure medical conditions and diseases like never before. What worked 10 years ago, or even five years ago, is now antiquated when it comes to treatment of certain diseases. For the medical professional, this can be a confusing labyrinth. If you are working in the medical field, it behooves you to stay on top of the latest and greatest drug treatments when it comes to disease. As a Medical Lab Technician (MLT), you are one of the lucky few that gets to see some of these developments in real time â up close â as they develop in the lab. MLTs often supply the data that leads to the diagnoses of some of the advances in medical care we all seek most. According to Center Watch, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a number of medications in 2015. Understanding the purpose and use of each new drug can be confusing and overwhelming. Knowing the function and effects of these drugs can mean the world to patients. Your expertise as an MLT has never been more important.
MLT â A CLOSER LOOKWhat does it take to be an MLT? Your attention to detail and natural curiosity are especially good traits, and if youâre drawn to the sciences â particularly chemistry and biology â a career as a medical lab tech may be just the fit for you. Your career in health care will be marked by helping others in a decidedly âbehind-the-scenesâ role. This may sound perfect to you; if so, know that you'll still work with others and under the supervision of a physician or lab manager. Youâll have co-workers and might likely work in a busy hospital environment.
WHAT DOES AN MLT DO?Your duties as an MLT would likely include setting up and sanitizing labs, preparing specimens, matching blood compatibility for transfusion, isolating and identifying pathogens and analyzing tissue and fluid samples, all with the aid of sophisticated equipment including microscopes, cell counters and automated analyzers. The accurate recording of data is a critical element of your daily job.
WHAT FIELDS CAN A MEDICAL LABORATORY TECHNICIAN WORK IN?Depending on your location, you can complete the MLT program in as little as 20 months. During your time at Concorde, youâll learn many things, among them:
- Chemical analyses of body fluids
- Blood tests for transfusions
- Examinations of dye-stained cells to locate abnormalities
- Preparation and analysis of test results
- Diagnosis of abnormal cells
- Collection of blood or tissue samples
- Lab information systems
- Veterinary medicine