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Career In Medical Lab Technician

Medical science has number of branches. One of its branch is all related to the technological applications which help in diagnosing and curing diseases. This offshoot of medical science is called as Medical Laboratory Technology. It is also known by different names, 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 etcare put for diagnostic and microscopic examination which aid doctors in correctly diagnosing the disease. On the basis of such report doctors prescribe medicine. Even these test reports of patients are used by doctors to decide when to discharge patient, when to admit and how long to give medicines.

These days lot many students are making their career as Medical Laboratory Technicians. It is a promising field of career where a student can enter into medical science field. After completing this course one can become a Technician or a Technologists.

A technologist operates all machinery analyzers and prepares specimen. He gives directions to the technicians to work accordingly.

Almost all top ranked medical institutions offer this course of Medical Laboratory Technicians. This course is offered as Diploma, UG and PG course.

Top Ranked Institutions offering MLT course

  • AIIMS
  • 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.

Eligibility for Lab Technician Courses

  • A student should have completed 10+2 standard with science subjects especially Biology.
  • He should have scored a minimum of 45% marks in aggregate to become eligible for Undergraduate or Diploma course. 

Lab Technician Courses Important Dates

Courses Offered

Students can do either Degree or Diploma of 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 in 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 inClinical 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 student can get specialization in number of 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, Histocompability, Virology, Mycology, Cytopathology, Genetics, Electron Microscopy, Cytogenetics. 

Accreditation

To get job after completing MLT course, it is important that the 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 which is responsible for certifying MLT students and Institutes. Its certification carries more weight than other certification. Thus such candidates who have received the certification of NAACLS are preferred more by recruiting companies over others.

Career

After completing one’s MLT Course candidate can work on various profiles. He can work as – Lab Technician, Trainer, Assistant to Scientist, Lab consultant, Lab Supervisor, Laboratory In charge, QC Manager, QA Manager, Laboratory Information System Analyst etc. A fresher can expect a salary of 10,000 to 20,000 or more depending upon his knowledge and performance in the interview. But very soon it goes up.

Recruitment

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

F.A.Q.

Q.What is MLT course?

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

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

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

A candidate should have done 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 specialization in MLT course?

There are number of areas in which a candidate can do his specialization, which are 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, Histocompability, Virology, Mycology, Cytopathology, Genetics, Electron Microscopy, Cytogenetics.

Q. What accreditations are required for practicing MLT?

A MLT qualified candidate needs to get accredited to get 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 a MLT qualified candidate can find job?

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

Q. What is duration of MLT Diploma Course?

The MLT Diploma course duration is 2 years.