Medical laboratory technicians are responsible for a number of tasks, including examining bodily fluids and cells. They work alongside other medical professionals to perform tests that help diagnose, prevent, monitor and treat diseases. Some say they are the eyes of the diagnostic process. Through the collection and analyzation of samples, medical laboratory technicians can determine normal or abnormal findings and are integral in the healthcare process.
If you are considering a career in healthcare, have a love of science, strong work ethic and are detail-oriented, this might be a great fit for you. There is also a significant amount of troubleshooting and personal responsibility needed for someone in this role. While you might have other laboratory technicians around you— ultimately, you are responsible for your findings. And, while you will likely not have a lot of direct patient contact, your work behind the microscope will play a vital role in patient care. Medical laboratory technicians must pay attention to every detail. Missing or omitting even the slightest thing could have major implications in the care of a patient.
If all this sounds good to you, there is something else to let you know. U.S. News and World Report ranks medical laboratory technicians as a top 20 healthcare support job. That means opportunity for a good salary and many career options, no matter where you live.
Pima Medical Institute offers a Medical Laboratory Technician associate degree program at its Colorado Springs Campus. The program is approximately 19 months long, which means you can be out in the workforce making a difference in less than two years!
So, if you want to make a difference and be part of the science behind the patient care, check out our program now.