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Medical Laboratory Technologist

Summary

Medical laboratory scientist are healthcare professionals who perform chemical, hematological, immunologic, histopathological, cytopathological, microscopic, and bacteriological diagnostic analyses. The analysis is conducted on body fluids such as blood, urine, sputum, stool etc. Medical laboratory scientists work in clinical laboratories at hospitals, physician's offices, reference labs, biotechnology labs and non-clinical industrial labs.

Career Opportunities as a Medical Laboratory Technologist

How to Become a Medical Laboratory Technologist

Stream Graduation After Graduation After Post Graduation
Path 1
Clear Class XII with Science Stream with BiologyPursue B.Sc. in Medical Lab Technology for 3 Years Pursue M.Sc. in Medical Lab Technology for 2 years-
Path 2
Clear Class XII with Science Stream with BiologyPursue Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Technology (BMLT) in Medical Lab Technology for 3 yearsPursue (MMLT) Masters in Medical Lab Technology for 2 years-
Path 3
Clear Class XII with Science Stream with BiologyPursue B.Sc. in Medical Lab Technology for 3 yearsPursue Post Graduate Diploma in Medical Lab Technology for 1-2 yearsPursue M.Sc.in Medical Lab Technology for 2 years

Important Facts

  • Most college have eligibility criteria of minimum 50% aggregate marks in Class XII / and some of minimum 60%.
  • Must have passed class 12th or senior secondary examination with at least 50% marks including English.
  • Some colleges/ universities also have an age limit (17 at 31st December of the year of admission).

Leading Institutes

Top Medical Laboratory Technology Institutes in India
College Location Website
All India Institute of Medical Science(Diploma College) New Delhi www.aiims.edu/en.html
University College of Medical Sciences and GTB Hospital New Delhi www.ucms.ac.in
Christian Medical College Vellore www.cmch-vellore.edu
Hamdard Institute of Medical Sciences and Research New Delhi www.himsr.org
Dr NTR University of Health Sciences Hyderabad www.ntruhs.ap.nic.in
University Institute of Health Sciences Kanpur www.kanpuruniversity.org
Sikkim Manipal Institute of Medical Sciences Gangtok www.smu.edu.in
All India Institute of Local Self-Government Mumbai, Nashik www.aiilsg.org
I.K Gujral Punjab technical University Punjab www.ptu.ac.in
Tamil Nadu Dr MGR Medical University Chennai www.tnmgrmu.ac.in
School of Medical Education Kottayam www.mgu.ac.in
University Institute of Paramedical Sciences Kanpur www.kanpuruniversity.org/para_medicalscience.htm
Top Medical Laboratory Technology Institutes in the World
Institution Location Website
Greenville Technical College South Carolina, USA www.gvltec.edu/index.aspx
Marshall University USA www.marshalluniversity.org
Madonna University Livonia, USA www.madonna.edu
Auburn University USA www.auburn.edu
Farmingdale State College USA www.farmingdale.edu

Work Description

  • Assist the doctor by testing body fluids of the patients
  • Evaluate samples of blood, urine, tissue culture, etc., for infections
  • Operate different equipments and machines to obtain accurate data
  • Calibrate and analyse reports of the patients
  • Discuss the results drawn with the doctor to help the patient with right treatment
  • Handle the large amount of diverse samples with precision and care
  • Explain the procedure of testing to the staff members
  • Supervise the maintenance of the laboratory with proper sanitation
  • Perform duties in line with the ethical standards

Pros & Cons of a Career as a Medical Lab Technologist

Pros
  • Job opportunity: Job opportunities are stable and on the rise. With higher education and knowledge, you will get the opportunity to get into supervisory roles or more advanced medical lab positions.
  • Make a Difference: You can make a difference in people's lives. The work that a lab technician does, leads to someone's life being saved. You know that your job is important, and it gives a sense of satisfaction.
Cons
  • Hectic work: The work can be difficult and hectic. The majority of your day will be spent on your feet walking around in the lab. You might not get time to relax because your lab is filled with work that needs to be done.
  • Monotonous Work: You might feel bored with your job, as the nature of the work would be same.
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