A Medical Technologist (MT), also known as a Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) or Clinical Laboratory Scientist, works to analyze a variety of biological specimens. They are responsible for performing scientific testing on samples and reporting results to physicians.
MTs and MLSs perform complex tests on patient samples using sophisticated equipment like microscopes. The data they find plays an important role in identifying and treating cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and numerous other medical conditions.
These professionals collaborate very closely with physicians and Medical Laboratory Technicians (MLT) in diagnosing and monitoring disease processes, as well as monitoring the effectiveness of therapy. Areas of medical laboratory training include microbiology, chemistry, hematology, immunology, transfusion medicine, toxicology, and molecular diagnostics.
MTs and MLSs work in hospitals, clinics, forensic or public health laboratories, as well as pharmaceutical industries, biotechnology companies, veterinary clinics, or research institutions.
Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Examining and analyzing blood, body fluids, tissues, and cells
Relaying test results to physicians
Utilizing microscopes, cell counters, and other high-precision lab equipment
Cross matching blood for transfusion
Monitoring patient outcomes
Performing differential cell counts looking for abnormal cells to aid in the diagnosis of anemia and leukemia
Establishing quality assurance programs to monitor and ensure the accuracy of test results
Overseeing the work of a Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT)
8+ months of recent work experience as a Medical Technologist/Scientist
Education: Bachelor's Degree in Medical Technology, Clinical Laboratory Science, or related health science
State License required in California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Tennessee and West Virginia
MLS (ASCP) or MT (AMT) certification required
BLS may be required for certain jobs/assignments
Current TB Screen
Valid Photo Identification/Driver's License
Successful completion of a Background Check and Medely's screening process