What Does a Medical Laboratory Technician Do?
Posted Wednesday, Apr 6, 2011 by
Ontario’s health care industry is flourishing. The number of people employed in Ontario’s various health care-related professions jumped 12.5 percent from about 526,000 in 2006 to more than 592,000 in 2010.*
Medical laboratories are one of the health care-related areas continuing to flourish as Ontario’s aging population creates an increased demand for diagnostic tests and evaluations. This, in turn, has created a healthy environment for medical laboratory assistants and technicians at all levels.
But what, exactly, does a medical laboratory assistant/technician do? Precise duties depend on the nature of the facility doing the hiring. But generally speaking, medical laboratory assistants and technicians are often responsible for:
- Collecting and processing blood samples
- Cutting and staining tissue specimens for microscopic examination by pathologists
- Preparing biological specimens and operating automated analyzers
- Performing manual tests in accordance in details instructions
- Processing paperwork related to laboratory analysis
Medical laboratory assistants and technicians can be found in a variety of facilities, including:
- Private diagnostic testing laboratories
- Public health laboratories (including Blood Services)
- Hospital laboratories and outpatient departments
- Quality control laboratories (e.g. food industry, microbiology media, point of care testing)
- Veterinary laboratories
- Physician’s offices and clinics
Everest in Hamilton Mountain Offers Medical Laboratory Assistant Education
If the idea of becoming a medical laboratory assistant/technician appeals to you, consider the Medical Laboratory Assistant/Technician career training program at the Hamilton Mountain campus of Everest College of Business, Technology and Health Care. The school’s nine-month career education program provides students with the knowledge, skills and hands-on experience they need to compete for entry-level positions in medical laboratories throughout Ontario.
Taught by medical industry professionals, Everest’s Medical Laboratory Assistant/Technician career education program covers a wide range of essential topics, including:
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Laboratory Safety and Asepsis
- Urinalysis and Clinical Chemistry
- Laboratory Microbiology
- Fundamentals of Cytology and Histology
- Cardiovascular System and ECG
Upon graduation, students in the Medical Laboratory Assistant/Technician program can seek assistance from Everest’s Career Services department, which helps identify and contact potential employers throughout Ontario. Career Services can also help with resume preparation, interview coaching and even professional wardrobe selection.
About Everest’s Hamilton Mountain Campus
Everest College in Hamilton Mountain is situated at 1039 Upper James Street just north of the Lincoln S. Anderson Parkway and just south of downtown Hamilton, Ontario. The campus offers ample off-street parking, is accessible by metro bus, and is convenient to numerous daycare centres, restaurants and shopping. The school is part of the network of Everest Colleges, Institutes and Universities, which has more than 100 campuses throughout Ontario and the United States.
Contact Everest for Information
For more information on the Medical Laboratory Assistant/Technician program and other accelerated career education programs, contact Everest College today.
Financial assistance may be available for those who qualify.
* Source: Statistics Canada, “Employment Health Care and Social Assistance, by Province and Territory” (http://www40.statcan.gc.ca/l01/cst01/HEALTH22-eng.htm).