Program Overview

You will learn how to use basic and specialized medical laboratory technology instrumentation that prepares graduates to provide accurate and reliable results that helps save lives. NEIT’s medical laboratory technology education empowers students with the experience required to serve the health care community as a medical laboratory technician. We believe in NEIT’s hands-on learning approach that emphasizes excellence in education. The curriculum combines academic courses with clinical experience in hematology, coagulation, microbiology, immunohematology, chemistry, parasitology, immunology, and urinalysis.

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The Associate in Science in Medical Laboratory Technology prepares students as entry-level medical laboratory technicians. Students undergo this training to make a career in health care.

We give laboratory science education that empowers students with the experience required to serve the health care community as a medical lab technician. We believe in the schools of thought that emphasize excellence in education.

Whether it’s working in a medical lab, becoming a medical laboratory technician, or working as a technician associate — you’ll gain on-site experience that other medical lab technician schools don’t offer.

Medical laboratory technicians use basic and specialized laboratory skills, computer technology, and knowledge of the human body to provide accurate and precise laboratory results. Doctors and physicians require this information to diagnose, treat and monitor diseases.

Whether it’s working in a hospital lab or physician’s office lab — you will gain experience using instrumentation that other medical lab technician programs don’t offer. You will be performing important tests that provide essential information to the physician.

Medical laboratory technicians must also demonstrate ethical and moral attitudes and principles. They must maintain an attitude of respect for the patient and the confidentiality of the patient’s record and diagnoses at all times.

The MLT curriculum offers courses in basic sciences (biology, chemistry, anatomy, and physiology), mathematics, social sciences, and the humanities. It provides both didactic (including student laboratories) and clinical experience courses in hematology, coagulation, microbiology, immunohematology, chemistry, parasitology, immunology, and urinalysis.

As you can see, this is a comprehensive education that will equip graduates with the necessary skills to become a medical lab technician.

Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for a national certification examination. The certification of choice for most employers is through the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification.

Completion of the MLT Program is not contingent upon the passage of any external certification examination.

ACCREDITATION STATUS 
The Medical Laboratory Technology program at New England Institute of Technology is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency of Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS),  www.naacls.org.

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
5600 N. River Road, Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119
(847) 939-3597
(773) 714-8886 (FAX)
info@naacls.org
http://www.naacls.org

1. NAACLS BENCHMARK FOR CERTIFICATION RATES
Three years consecutive results of graduate certification rates demonstrating an average of at least 75%** pass rate on the ASCP-BOC examinations, for those who take the exam within the first year of graduation as calculated by the most recent three year period.

July 2016-June 2017           75%
July 2017-June 2018           75%
July 2018-June 2019          100%

3 year average: 83%

2. NAACLS BENCHMARK FOR GRADUATION RATES
Three years consecutive results of graduation rates demonstrating an average of at least 70%** of students who have begun the final half of the program go on to successfully graduate from the program as calculated by the most recent three year period.

July 2017-June 2018          80%
July 2018-June 2019          80%
July 2019-June 2020          83%

3 year average: 81%

3. NAACLS BENCHMARK FOR GRADUATE PLACEMENT RATES
Three years consecutive results of graduate placement rates demonstrating that an average of at least 70%** of respondent graduates either find employment in the field or a closely related field (for those who seek employment) or continue their education within one year of graduation as calculated by the most recent three year period.

July 2016-June 2017          100%
July 2017-June 2018          100%
July 2018-June 2019          100%

3 year average: 100%

In accordance with the 2019 Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, New England Institute of Technology hereby discloses only that the curriculum for this program meets the educational requirements for licensure as Medical Laboratory Technicians in the State of Rhode Island. The applicable licensing board in Rhode Island may impose additional requirements on candidates prior to granting a license, we encourage you to investigate those requirements. NEIT has not determined whether the curriculum for this program meets the educational requirements for licensure in any other states or territories and we encourage you to investigate the requirements in your state or territory prior to accepting an offer of admission at NEIT.

FAQ

  • What degree does a medical lab technician need?

    Graduates of the MLT will have no problem finding jobs as medical lab technicians as there are many open positions in the nation due to the aging workforce and the demands of healthcare. This program provides the education and skills required for the diagnostic testing of blood and other body fluids following the appropriate safety standards. Students are also exposed to the instrumentation and equipment that is used in the clinical laboratory.

  • Is a medical lab tech a good career?

    Current statistics on potential salaries and job outlook are listed on the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) website. Medical lab technicians have the ability to work alongside other medical professionals to ensure complete patient care.

  • What is the difference between a medical lab technician and a medical lab technologist?

    A medical laboratory technician needs an associate degree to enter the field. These professionals are typically responsible for acquiring, preparing, and analyzing samples. In addition to performing laboratory procedures they are also responsible for maintenance on instruments.

    Medical lab technicians work alongside other medical professionals to ensure comprehensive patient care.

Missions, Goals, and Outcomes

Program Mission

The Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) program’s mission is to provide quality didactic and clinical instruction and training. The curriculum will include a combination of cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains to prepare graduates to be competent entry-level Medical Laboratory Technicians.

Program Goals

The goals of the New England Institute of Technology’s MLT program are to:

  1. Provide students with the highest quality academic and clinical education and training in Medical Laboratory Technology.
  2. Provide students with the appropriate training of technical skills needed to accurately perform laboratory test procedures in an efficient manner.
  3. Provide a quality program that reflects continuing assessment, evaluation, and revision.
  4. Prepare students for the American Society of Clinical Pathologists’ (ASCP) Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) certification exam, employment in a clinical laboratory, and/or further education.
  5. Develop an understanding of the importance of the professional role of a Medical Laboratory Technician in a clinical laboratory.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the MLT program, the student will graduate with an Associate in Science Degree. Graduation from the program is not contingent upon student performance on the national certification examination.

The graduate may also advance in the field to become a Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) by pursuing additional education and technical experience.

Completing the Medical Laboratory Technology Program prepares the graduate to:

  1. Collect, process, and preserve blood and other body fluid samples.
  2. Perform and report the results of clinical laboratory tests.
  3. Operate laboratory equipment and instruments, performing preventive and corrective maintenance as required.
  4. Identify pre-analytical, analytical, and post-analytical variables that affect procedures, instruments and results, and take appropriate corrective action.
  5. Monitor and evaluate quality control in the laboratory.
  6. Practice laboratory safety and regulatory compliance.
  7. Perform information processing functions in the clinical laboratory.
  8. Correlate and apply laboratory results to diagnosis of clinical conditions and/or diseases.
  9. Communicate with colleagues and patients in a professional manner.
  10. Model professional behaviors, ethics, and appearance.
  11. Work effectively as a team member within the laboratory and with other healthcare professionals recognizing the comprehensive impact this has on health care.

Courses Offered

The courses offered include an introduction to laboratory procedures and technology. You’ll become familiar with using laboratory equipment. You’ll learn the basics of urinalysis, immunology, hematology, medical microbiology, clinical chemistry, and more.

The more advanced courses include clinical practices, immunohematology, anatomy, and physiology. There are also supplementary classes in life sciences, college writing, healthcare communications, and math for life science.

Those aspiring to be medical laboratory technicians or keen on finding a job as a clinical laboratory technician will benefit from this information.

For the latest listing of courses offered, please review our University Catalog here.