Are you considering a future in a healthcare position, but not entirely sure which path to pursue? The National Director of Medical Lab Technician degree programs at Rasmussen College shares career and educational paths for medical lab technicians (med lab techs) with interview with host Allie Gray Freeland.
Allie: My name is Allie Gray Freeland, and I am the host of Rasmussen College's newest series, "What Should I Do With My Life?" In this series, we'll talk about educational and career opportunities that will help answer the question, "What should I do with my life?"
So we're here today with the national Medical Lab Technician Program Coordinator, Tammy Renner, who is going to talk with us about basically the course opportunities and career opportunities for a medical lab technician. So, hi Tammy. Thanks for being with us here today.
Tammy: Thank you.
Allie: Can you tell us a little bit more about what types of medical lab tech courses are available at Rasmussen College?
Tammy: Along with all of the general education courses, since they do get an associate degree, we do have to have all of the general education courses. We teach course specific areas in the laboratory, things like hematology, which is the study of blood or the blood cells and how blood clots. Microbiology, if you have an infection, what kind of microorganism is in that wound and how do we isolate it, how do we treat it, what antibiotics will work for it. Chemistry, your body is made up of all kinds of analytes that, when you are ill, they are abnormal, and how the chemistry analyzers or the chemistry class that we teach, how do you determine those analytes and how can you tell if they're normal or abnormal.
Blood bank, or what we call Immunohematology in our course book, is how do you make sure that the patient gets compatible blood. You just can't have any type of blood. You have type specific. Whether you're in an accident or whether you're in surgery, there are different components to your blood, and sometimes they bleed and they need different components, and all of that has to be type specific.
Immunology is another course that we teach, and that is specific to how your body reacts to itself essentially. Again, all of the courses have course work and all of them have laboratory sections, where the students actually do the testing in the student laboratory. They then go out into a practical site or a clinical site and they do that again with real patients in a real laboratory setting.
Allie: So cool. It sounds like there's so much practical experience.
Tammy: There is.
Allie: Degree path, that's great. All right, so I think that just about wraps up our discussion today.