by Alana J. Mauger
Montgomery County Community College will hold information sessions for its Medical Laboratory Technician program on Wednesday, Oct. 22, from 12:30-1:15 p.m. and from 5-6 p.m. in the Science Center room 204, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell. For information, contact Debra Eckman, MLT Program Director, at 215-641-6487 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Both sessions will include an overview of MLT job opportunities, the application process, admissions requirements, laboratory experiences, required courses and transfer opportunities. The sessions will also include a tour of the College’s MLT facilities and a question and answer period. All interested students, current or prospective, are encouraged to attend the workshops to learn about career opportunities available for graduates of the College’s two-year associate’s degree program.
Medical laboratory technicians play a crucial role in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of disease by collecting samples and performing tests that analyze body fluids, tissue, and other substances. The College’s nationally-accredited MLT program prepares students for careers in hospitals, commercial laboratories, physician office laboratories and pharmaceutical companies. Students are eligible to sit for the MLT American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) examination upon graduation.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of Medical Laboratory Technicians (MLT) is expected to grow by 22 percent through 2022, much faster than average for all occupations, as the volume of laboratory tests continues to increase due to population growth and the development of new types of tests.