What the Future of MLT Looks Like

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It is estimated that more than 80 percent of all patient diagnoses draw their conclusions predominantly on lab work. That makes the clinical laboratory – and, by extension, the Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) – absolutely vital to the practice and scope of modern medicine.

It all also bodes well for the future of the Medical Laboratory Technician, which is taught via a 20-month Associate of Applied Science degree at Concorde Career College’s campus in Memphis, Tenn.

“Working in the clinical laboratory requires the ability to perform under pressure, with close attention to detail,” said Kevin McHugh, MS, AHI(AMT)CCP, CLS(NCA, MLS(ASCP)CM, Medical Laboratory Technician Program Director in Memphis. “Even the smallest changes or deviations in test results can make a critical difference in therapeutic decision making.”

Medical Laboratory Technician has job security

If job security and stability are important to you, then you definitely should look into the Concorde Career College – Memphis Medical Laboratory Technician program, McHugh said. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for MLTs are projected to increase at a faster-than-average rate of 18 percent through 2024.

“As the population ages and medical issues arise in the elderly, this will lead to a greater need for MLTs to analyze tests to detect diseases such as type II diabetes and cancer,” McHugh said.

A smorgasbord of workplaces for the Medical Laboratory Technician

According to McHugh, graduates of the MLT program have been able to find employment in both traditional and non-traditional clinical laboratory settings because of the variety of science-based skill sets acquired at Concorde Career College.

Concorde’s MLT courses include a focus on real-world skills, including but not limited to: chemical analyses of bodily fluids, examination of dye-stained cells to locate abnormalities, medical lab equipment, diagnosis of abnormal cells and collection of blood or tissue samples. This allows Concorde-trained MLTs to work in a variety of medical settings that include but is not limited to: hospitals, physicians’ offices, medical and diagnostic laboratories, ambulatory health care services and clinics.

If you want to join an exciting, challenging and growing employment field where professional satisfaction can be high as you contribute vital information to health care providers, then Concorde’s Medical Laboratory Technician associate’s degree program is for you!

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