Division of Health Professions
This program is intended primarily to educate technicians for work in clinical, diagnostic laboratories. Medical Laboratory Technicians perform tests under the direction of a physician who specializes in diagnosing the causes and nature of disease. Medical Laboratory Technicians also work under the supervision of scientists doing research on new drugs or the improvement of laboratory techniques. Graduates may seek employment with hospitals, independent laboratories, physicians, clinics, public health agencies, pharmaceutical firms, research institutions and industrial laboratories. This program is fully accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (5600 North River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119). Graduates are therefore eligible to take national certifying exams to become registered Medical Laboratory Technicians. College credit may be granted through Tech Prep articulation agreements between RACC and approved secondary schools. Please refer to Selective Admissions Procedures.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, the entry-level Medical Laboratory Technician should be able to:
- Follow established pre-analytical, analytical, and post-analytical procedures for specimen collection, processing, and analytical testing.
- Recognize abnormal laboratory results and correlate them with common disease processes.
- Operate instruments following established protocols while utilizing appropriate quality control methods.
- Effectively communicate information such as test results, reference ranges, and specimen requirements to authorized sources.
- Comply with safety procedures and follow approved standards of practice.
- Demonstrate professional and ethical behaviors consistent with those of a laboratory professional.
Please visit our Enrollment Information page for details on the Selective Admissions process for the Medical Laboratory Technician program.