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Medical Laboratory Technician

Blood, body fluids, and other biological specimens, OH MY! It sounds a little (or not) like the Wizard of Oz, but imagine the technicians who work behind the scenes in hospitals, doctors’ offices, and reference laboratories. Those technicians are the incredible medical laboratory staff who conduct tests and analyze each specimen to help healthcare professionals determine how to treat patients in these settings.  

 Many individuals love the idea of working in the healthcare system but may not enjoy interacting with ill patients. They love the challenge of solving mysteries by delving into the science of biology, microbiology, and chemistry. Laboratory technicians work with microscopes and complex analyzers while challenging themselves to ensure every test is completed with great precision and accuracy.  

Have you ever wondered who does the laboratory testing for your yearly physical exam, such as cholesterol (lipids) and glucose (sugar) levels, and analyzes the results? Or who conducts testing for genetic disorders like sickle cell disease? How about those who identify an antibiotic-resistant infection like Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and determine which antibiotic is required to save someone’s life? Well, you would be incorrect if you thought it was your doctor, a nurse, or someone else you see at your doctor’s office or in the hospital. It’s the laboratory! Rodney Forsman, Administrative Director Emeritus of the Mayo Clinic Medical Laboratories and President of the Clinical Laboratory Management Association stated that 94 percent of the objective medical data in the patient record comes from laboratory professionals. WOW! 

Highlights

JOBS! JOBS! JOBS!

For those who want a career in health care, but would prefer to work behind a microscope rather than interacting with patients.

Eligible to sit for the nationally recognized Board of Certification (ASCP) exam upon completion.

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A Closer Look

Dean of Health, Public Service, and Social Sciences
Shelley Zimmerman
szimmerman@zanestate.edu 

The MLT program is fully accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119, 773.714.8880, www.naacls.org.

Student Snapshots

A “behind the scenes” glimpse into what it’s like to be a Electrical/Electronics Engineering Technology student at Zane State College.  

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Get To Know Your Professor

Jim Davis, Professor of Electrical Engineering

James Davis

EEET Program Instructor

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The MLT program is fully accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119, 773.714.8880, www.naacls.org.

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Zane State College EEET Program Graduation Data

  • 2012 Graduates: 35
  • 2013 Graduates: 31
  • 2014 Graduates: 26
  • 2015 Graduates: 26
  • 2016 Graduates: 23
  • 2017 Graduates: 29
  • 2018 Graduates: 42
  • 2019 Graduates: 25
  • 2020 Graduates: 25
  • 2021 Graduates: 27
  • 2022 Graduates: 36

Zane State College EEET Program Enrollment Data

  • Fall 2012: 39
  • Fall 2013: 57
  • Fall 2014: 73
  • Fall 2015: 72
  • Fall 2016: 94
  • Fall 2017: 85
  • Fall 2018: 70
  • Fall 2019: 75
  • Fall 2020: 71
  • Fall 2021: 78
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