Medical laboratory technicians are a crucial part of today's growing health care industry. Rend Lake College will hold an entrance exam for its Associate in Applied Science Degree program in this field at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 11.
The Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) is employed in clinical laboratories of hospitals, clinics, physician's offices and other health care facilities. The MLT performs testing on blood and body fluids under the supervision of a medical technologist and / or pathologist in the areas of hematology, chemistry, blood bank, urinalysis, serology, coagulation and microbiology. The MLT performs maintenance on equipment and instruments, applies basic scientific principles to laboratory techniques and procedures, recognizes factors that affect procedures and relates laboratory findings to common disease processes. In addition, the MLT interacts with physicians and other health care personnel.
Rend Lake College's Medical Laboratory Technology program is a two-year Associate in Applied Science Degree curriculum. It is offered through the Southern Illinois Collegiate Common Market and is a cooperative program with Shawnee Community College, Southeastern Illinois College and John A. Logan College. General education classes are held at Rend Lake College and core MLT classes are held at the SICCM facilities in Herrin.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, this field is projected to experience rapid job growth and excellent job opportunities, with most jobs continuing to be found in the hospital setting. Median annual wages of medical and clinical laboratory technicians were $35,380 in May 2008, according to BLS.