Career as Lab Technician: Job Opportunities, Job Profiles, Top-Ranked Institutions, Important Exam Dates, Eligibility Criteria and Exam Pattern

Lab Technician Courses

The Medical Laboratory Technology involves the application of technologies in diagnosing and curing diseases. It is also known by different names like Clinical Laboratory Science or Clinical Laboratory Technology or Medical Laboratory Science. In this field of science, all kinds of human fluids, like Blood, Urine, Stool, Sputum, Synovial- fluid, Cerebro-spinal fluid, etc.are put under microscopic examinations, which aid doctors in diagnosing the disease correctly.

Career Opportunities

It is a job oriented medical field. These days many students are making their career as Medical Laboratory Technicians.

A Laboratory technician/ technologist operates all kinds of medical machinery like analysers and prepares a specimen. He gives directions to the technicians to work accordingly.

Almost all top-ranked medical institutions offer theMedical Laboratory Technicians. One can pursue a Diploma, UG and PG course.

Top-Ranked Institutions offering MLT course

  • AIIMS
  • The University of Medical Science, GTB Hospital, New Delhi.
  • Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh.
  • Punjab Technical University, Punjab.
  • Kerala Institute of Medical Science, Thiruvananthapuram.



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Lab Technician Courses 2018 Important Dates

Courses Offered

Students can do either Degree or Diploma in MLT. There are various private institutions which offer MLT course to students.

B.Sc Courses in MLT

Name of the Course

Duration

B.Sc in Medical Laboratory Technology

3 Years.

B.Sc in Medical Imaging Technology

3 Years.

B.Sc in Clinical Laboratory Technology

3 Years.

Bachelor of Medical Lab Technology

3 Years.

M.Sc Courses in MLT

Name of the Course

Duration

M.Sc in Medical Laboratory Technology

2 Years.

M.Sc in Medical Imaging Technology

2 Years.

Post Graduate Diploma in MLT

1 Year.

Post Graduate Diploma in Laboratory Services in Science.

1 Year.

Post Graduate Diploma in Biomedical Laboratory Technology

1 Year.

Diploma Courses in MLT

Name of the Course

Duration

Diploma in Medical Imaging Technology

2 Year

Diploma in Cardiovascular Technician

2 Year

Diploma in Medical Record Technology

2 Year

Diploma in Clinical Analysis

2 Year

Diploma in X-ray and ECG Technology

2 Year

Diploma in EEG Laboratory Technician

2 Year

Diploma in Clinical Laboratory Technician

2 Year

Diploma in Clinical Analysis

2 Year

The Bachelor of Medical Lab Technology is one of the most preferred course. Most of the student opt for this course. In this course, the student can get specialisation in many areas. Some of the area of specialization are – Microbiology, Hematology, Clinical Chemistry, Clinical Bio-Chemistry, Clinical Pathology, Biostatistics, Immune Pathology, Immunology and Immunological Techniques, Parasitology, Biomedical Techniques, Serology, Cytotechnology, Phlebotomy, Histology, Urinalysis, Coagulation, Radiology, Virology, Toxicology, Bacteriology, Ultrasonography, Histopathology, Histocompatibility, Virology, Mycology, Cytopathology, Genetics, Electron Microscopy, Cytogenetics. 


Lab Technician Courses 2018 Eligibility

  • A student should have completed Class 12thwith science subjects especially, Biology.
  • He/ She should have a minimum score of 45% marks in aggregate to become eligible for the Undergraduate or Diploma course

Other Details

Accreditation

To get a job after completing the MLT course, it is important that a candidate is registered or certified by the All India Association of the Medical Lab practitioners. Or else the candidate is certified by the NAACLS (National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science). This is an International body that approves MLT students and Institutes. Its certification carries more weight than other certifications. Thus, a candidate with NACLS certification is preferred more by the recruiting companies over others.

Job Profiles

A candidate can work on various profiles after completing the MLT course such as –

  • Lab Technician
  • Trainer
  • Assistant to Scientist
  • Lab consultant
  • Lab Supervisor
  • Laboratory In charge
  • QC Manager
  • QA Manager
  • Laboratory Information System Analyst etc.

Salary

A fresher can expect a salary ₹10, 000 to 20,000 or more depending on his/her knowledge and performance in the interview. But very soon it goes up.

Recruitment

Some of the recruiting agencies for MLT students are –Hospitals (Government and Private), Clinics, Research Centres, Universities, Laboratories, Blood donation Centres, Emergency Centres, Crime Investigating Laboratories, Pharmaceutical companies etc.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q.What is the MLT course?

MLT is a Medical Laboratory Technician. Being a doctor is not the only option; a student can find his career in the medical field as a Medical Laboratory Technician also. They are responsible for taking samples of blood, urine, sputum etc. and analyse it as per the instructions of the doctor. Doctor decide for the patient as per the report by MLT like what medicine to prescribe to the patient, when to admit a patient or when to relieve the patient from the hospital.

Q. When one can do this course?

One can do this course after doing 12th standard with science subjects especially biology.

Q.What is the eligibility of MLT Course at various UG level?

A candidate should have done 12th standard with science subjects and should have scored at least 45% marks in aggregate.

Q.What is the eligibility of MLT Course at various PG level?

A candidate should have done an Undergraduate course in the same course in which he wants admission at PG level.

Q. If a person can do Diploma course of MLT?

Yes, one can do Diploma in MLT. There are many private institutions which offer Diploma course to students.

Q.What are the areas of specialisation in MLT course?

There are number of areas in which a candidate can do his specialization, which is as follows - Microbiology, Hematology, Clinical Chemistry, Clinical Bio-Chemistry, Clinical Pathology, Biostatistics, Immune Pathology, Immunology and Immunological Techniques, Parasitology, Biomedical Techniques, Serology, Cytotechnology, Phlebotomy, Histology, Urinalysis, Coagulation, Radiology, Virology, Toxicology, Bacteriology, Ultrasonography, Histopathology, Histocompatibility, Virology, Mycology, Cytopathology, Genetics, Electron Microscopy, Cytogenetics.

Q. What accreditations are required for practising MLT?

An MLT qualified candidate needs to get accredited to get a job in any institutions. NAACLS (National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science) and Association of Medical Lab Technicians are one such accrediting agencies. 

Q. Where an MLT qualified candidate can find a job?

An MLT qualified person can get a job in various institutions like government hospitals, private hospitals, Research centres, blood donating centres, clinics, crime investigating laboratories etc.

Q. What is the duration of MLT Diploma Course?

The MLT Diploma course duration is 2 years.


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