The hidden profession that saves lives

The hidden profession that saves lives

Medical Laboratory Science (also called Clinical Laboratory Science) is one of the most under-recognized health professions – with excellent job prospects

By Rodney E. Rohde, PhD | Posted on 11 February 2014

Medical laboratory science involves diagnostic laboratory testing from A to Z. These professionals do everything from providing your cancer testing results, to predicting the correct antibiotic to prescribe, to typing the correct blood for surgery. MLS professionals provide answers to life-and-death decisions every day.

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Medical Laboratory Technology

  • Act as detectives for physicians
  • Perform and analyze tests on blood, urine, and other body tissues to help solve mysteries for physicians
  • Provide 85% of the information needed to aid in diagnosis, treatment, or management of disease
  • “The hidden profession that saves lives”
  • Perfect for those who want to work in healthcare and help people but don’t want to be in the front line
  • According to BLS, there will be a need for 48,000 more MLTs by the year 2022 (about a 30% increase). This is due to the aging workforce, longer life expectancy, increased access to health insurance
  • From a 2013 survey, 42% of laboratory professionals are in the age group 56-65
    • Within the next 5 years, half of them will retire creating more “work” for the lab
    • We will need to replace them and then some equaling about 500,000 jobs nationwide

To learn how to get started on your associate degree in Medical Laboratory Technology and to schedule a visit to our NEW campus, please call Admissions at 800-736-7744, ext. 3357, or email NEITAdmissions@neit.edu.

A Bright Future

Great story from Advanced for Medical Laboratory Professionals about “A Bright Future” for Medical Laboratory Technicians.

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Medical Laboratory Technology

  • Act as detectives for physicians
  • Perform and analyze tests on blood, urine, and other body tissues to help solve mysteries for physicians
  • Provide 85% of the information needed to aid in diagnosis, treatment, or management of disease
  • “The hidden profession that saves lives”
  • Perfect for those who want to work in healthcare and help people but don’t want to be in the front line
  • According to BLS, there will be a need for 48,000 more MLTs by the year 2022 (about a 30% increase). This is due to the aging workforce, longer life expectancy, increased access to health insurance
  • From a 2013 survey, 42% of laboratory professionals are in the age group 56-65
    • Within the next 5 years, half of them will retire creating more “work” for the lab
    • We will need to replace them and then some equaling about 500,000 jobs nationwide

To learn how to get started on your associate degree in Medical Laboratory Technology and to schedule a visit to our NEW campus, please call Admissions at 800-736-7744, ext. 3357, or email NEITAdmissions@neit.edu.

Medical Laboratory Technician – The Hidden Profession

The following is an excerpt from an article that was published February 11, 2014 on Elsevier Connect.

train for your medical lab tech degree at New England Tech collegeHave you ever wondered who conducts the detailed laboratory testing for your annual exam, such as cholesterol and glucose levels, and analyzes the results? Or who conducts specialized 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?

If you thought that it was your physician, or perhaps a nurse or someone else you see at your doctor’s office or in the hospital, you would be incorrect.

MLS professionals provide up to 70 percent of patients’ laboratory testing to physicians so they can provide an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan, according to a 2002 study in Clinical Leadership and Management Review titled “The Value of the Laboratory Professional in the Continuum of Care.” In that study, author 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 the laboratory professionals.

Doctors rely on laboratory test results to make informed patient diagnoses. Patient history along with physical signs and symptoms are vital, but most diagnoses need confirmation that only laboratory tests can provide. The laboratory professionals also contribute to wellness testing, guiding treatment, and monitoring patient progress.

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At New England Institute of Technology, you can receive the training and credentials that you need to become a Medical Laboratory Technician. For more information, visit our Admissions page.