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Program Mission Statement
The Mission of the MLT program at Penn State Hazleton is to:
- Provide an excellent educational experience leading to an associate degree in Medical Laboratory Technology
- Prepare well-qualified graduates who are ready to become certified and enter the workforce as successful entry-level medical laboratory technicians
- Supply regional medical facilities with well-qualified graduates who can provide accurate and timely test results and demonstrate the commitment to quality healthcare required of the profession.
What Does a Medical Laboratory Technician Do?
The MLT works with a team of pathologists, technologists, and technicians to analyze patient samples to detect illness, provide information to enable treatment, and to ensure that the treatment will benefit the patient.
The MLT works in all areas of the medical laboratory such as microbiology, chemistry, hematology, serology, blood bank, and urinalysis. MLTs are qualified to perform routine tests as well as more complex procedures including analyzing blood for chemical components, typing blood to ensure safe transfusion, and identifying bacteria and other microorganisms.
If a graduate chooses to continue his/her education, the first year’s courses will transfer to a major in Microbiology, Medical Laboratory Science, Biology or related disciplines. Most hospitals or companies who hire MLTs will pay some or all of the employee’s expenses to attain an advanced degree in Medical Laboratory Science or related discipline.
The Medical Laboratory Technology Program at Penn State Hazleton is fully accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS, 5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119, Phone: 847-939-3597 Website: http://www.naacls.org).
Graduates of this accredited MLT program are eligible to take national certification examinations, such as the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification exam, to become certified as an MLT (ASCP).