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Medical Laboratory Technology

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Are you interested in scientific discoveries and medical research? Do you enjoy the challenge of solving puzzles? Are you ready for a fast-growing health career?

Medical laboratory technologists perform research that helps unravel the mysteries of the human body. It’s a great occupation for highly organized people who enjoy working with precision and accuracy, a varied career path that involves:

  • Looking at cells under a microscope
  • Cross-matching blood
  • Performing chemical and molecular analyses
  • Looking at pathological disease states

What Does a Medical Laboratory Technician Do?

Medical laboratory technicians (MLTs), who must have at least an associate degree, conduct patient care testing in a clinical setting. They perform complex chemical and analytical tests on patient specimens that provide valuable information for doctors to make diagnoses.

Why is This is a Good Career Bet?

Health-related occupations will add the most new jobs to the U.S. economy through 2024 — nearly a third of all jobs — according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Fourteen of the top 20 fastest-growing careers are in health care occupations, according to CareerOneStop, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.

For jobs requiring at least an associate degree, medical laboratory technician is ranked eighth among CareerOneStop's 39 fastest-growing occupations and fourth of its top 45 careers with the most job openings through 2024. Positions are projected to increase by 29 percent through the coming decade.

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Medical Laboratory Technology Program and Degrees

El Centro College
The Medical Laboratory Technology program is offered exclusively at El Centro College among colleges of DCCCD. El Centro’s is the only accredited Medical Laboratory Technology program within the five-county area of Dallas, Parker, Rockwall, Hunt and Denton counties.

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