Medical Laboratory Technician

Program Overview

The Medical Laboratory Technician is a skilled professional who works in a clinical laboratory setting under the supervision of a qualified physician and/or medical technologist. The technician performs laboratory procedures involving body fluids in the areas of hematology, microbiology, immunohematology, immunology, clinical chemistry, and urinalysis. A laboratory technician operates automated analyzers and monitors quality control programs. Although technicians have limited patient contact, clinical laboratory testing plays a crucial role in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of disease. Upon completion of this program, students will be eligible to sit for national certification as a Medical Laboratory Technician. Program Status: Limited Enrollment 

Essential Functions

These technical standards reflect performance abilities and characteristics that are necessary to successfully complete the requirements of the program at Baker College. These standards are not conditions of admission to the program. Persons interested in applying for admission to the program should review this information to develop a better understanding of the physical abilities and behavioral characteristics necessary to successfully complete the program. The College complies with the requirements and spirit of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Therefore, the College will endeavor to make reasonable accommodations for participants with disabilities who are otherwise qualified.   

  • Perform and demonstrate laboratory procedures in which biologicals (i.e., body fluids, culture materials, tissue sections, and cellular specimens) are tested for their biochemical, hematological, immunological, microbiological, and histo-chemical components.
  • Accurately characterize the color, odor, clarity, and viscosity of biologicals, reagents, or chemical reaction products.
  • Employ a clinical grade binocular microscope to discriminate among fine structural and color (hue, shading, and intensity) differences of microscopic specimens.
  • Accurately interpret and validate text, numbers, and graphs from print and video monitors.
  • Safely access laboratory equipment, supplies, reagents, and patients in a variety of settings.
  • Perform continuous physical work over several hours in the clinical setting.
  • Accurately and safely perform phlebotomy and other specimen collections.
  • Accurately and proficiently perform testing using manual and automated methodologies including patient samples and quality assurance measures.
  • Operate computerized laboratory instruments to calculate, record, evaluate, and transmit laboratory information.
  • Comprehend technical and professional materials (i.e. textbooks, journal articles, and procedure manuals) to accurately perform clinical testing and/or use of equipment.
  • Correctly interpret and/or clarify verbal and written lab orders.
  • Verify patient identity and accurately instruct patients prior to specimen collection.
  • Effectively communicate in English, both verbally and in writing, utilizing accurate and appropriate terminology with classmates, co-workers, clients, caregivers, and for clinical documentation.
  • Demonstrate critical-thinking skills necessary for clinical decision making and problem solving to accurately perform measurement, calculations, and procedures.
  • Recognize and correct performance deviations in clinical laboratory testing.
  • Prioritize, organize, and utilize time-management skills to deliver patient care in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Demonstrate appropriate professional and procedural judgment decisions under stressful and/or emergency conditions (i.e., ambiguous test ordering, ambivalent test ordering), emergent demands (i.e., stat test orders), and a distracting environment (i.e., high noise levels, crowding, complex visual stimuli).
  • Recognize potentially hazardous materials, equipment, and situations and proceed safely in order to minimize risk of injury to patients, self, and nearby individuals by referencing, utilizing and adhering to OSHA requirements such as MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheets) and universal precautions.
  • Adhere to HIPAA, ASCLS (American Society of Clinical Laboratory Science) professional standards, Baker College professional conduct guidelines, and clinical site policies and procedures. 
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