“The medical laboratory professional is qualified by academic and applied science education to provide service and research in medical laboratory science and related areas in rapidly changing and dynamic healthcare delivery systems. Medical laboratory professionals perform, develop, evaluate, correlate and assure accuracy and validity of laboratory information; direct and supervise medical laboratory resources and operations; and collaborate in the diagnosis and treatment of patients. The medical laboratory professional has diverse and multi-level functions in the areas of analysis and medical decision-making, information management, regulatory compliance, education, and quality assurance/performance improvement wherever laboratory testing is researched, developed or performed. Medical laboratory professionals possess skills for financial, operations, marketing, and human resource management of the medical laboratory. Medical laboratory professionals practice independently and collaboratively, being responsible for their own actions, as defined by the profession. They have the requisite knowledge and skills to educate laboratory professionals, other healthcare professionals, and others in laboratory practice as well as the public.
The ability to relate to people, a capacity for calm and reasoned judgment and a demonstration of commitment to the patient are essential qualities. Communications skills extend to consultative interactions with members of the healthcare team, external relations, customer service and patient education. Laboratory professionals demonstrate ethical and moral attitudes and principles that are necessary for gaining and maintaining the confidence of patients, professional associates, and the community.
At career entry, the medical technician will be able to perform routine medical laboratory tests (such as hematology, medical chemistry, immunohematology, microbiology, serology/immunology, coagulation, molecular, and other emerging diagnostics) as the primary analyst making specimen-oriented decisions on predetermined criteria, including a working knowledge of critical values. Communications skills will extend to frequent interactions with members of the healthcare team, external relations, customer service and patient education. The level of analysis ranges from waived and point of care testing to complex testing encompassing all major areas of the medical laboratory. The medical laboratory technician will have diverse functions in areas of pre-analytical, analytical, post-analytical processes. The medical laboratory technician will have responsibilities for information processing, training, and quality control monitoring wherever medical laboratory testing is performed.”
From: Standards of Accredited Educational Programs for the Medical Laboratory Technician
“The challenges and rewards of medicine and science-the medical laboratory technician has the best of both worlds. The medical laboratory technician performs general tests in all laboratory areas – Blood banking, Chemistry, Hematology, Immunology and Microbiology. Working with the supervision of a medical technologist, a medical laboratory technician hunts for clues to the absence, presence, extent, and causes of diseases.
Medical laboratory technicians must be accurate, dedicated and skilled. They must also be self-motivated, and take the initiative to do what must be done every day to help the healthcare team.
According to the best-selling book, Jobs Rated Almanac: The Best and Worst Jobs by Les Krantz, medical laboratory technicians ranked 23 in a list of 250 jobs. They also ranked fifth in the healthcare/medicine occupational category. The positions were scored on factors such as salary, stress levels, work environment, outlook, security and physical demands.
The future long-term employment of medical laboratory technicians looks bright. Employment opportunities are expected to increase. Medical laboratory technicians work in a variety of practice settings. Hospitals, for-profit laboratories, clinics, nursing homes, public health facilities, business and industry currently have positions open for qualified medical laboratory technicians.”
From: The American Society of Clinical Pathologists
Recognizing that my personal and professional conduct can impact the quality of health care delivery, I will:
- treat patients, classmates, instructors, and health care personnel with respect, care, and thoughtfulness.
- demonstrate compassion and kindness toward colleagues and patients.
- maintain honesty, initiative, enthusiasm, and adaptability in action and attitude.
- safeguard patient information as confidential, and in adherence with state and federal laws and regulations.
- perform duties in a dependable, accurate, precise, timely, and responsible manner.
- function as a collaborative team member within the college and medical laboratory setting.
- communicate effectively and appropriately.
- be cognizant of and adhere to channels of authority.
- demonstrate physical and psychological stability under stress.
- accept responsibility for my own work and results.
- display an appropriate level of confidence, while recognizing limitations.
- maintain appropriate professional appearance and hygiene.
- strive for increased efficiency and quality by using organizational skills.
- prudently use laboratory resources.
- continue to study, apply, and advance medical laboratory knowledge and skills and share such with my colleagues, other members of the health care community and the public.