Medical laboratory technicians (MLTs) are health care professionals who assist physicians and other medical professionals in diagnosing diseases. They collect a variety of samples consisting of various bodily fluids and tissues. Then, they test those samples and analyze the results, recording their findings.
Demand for medical lab technicians is growing in the United States as the population continues to age. Those with an interest in the career will find Illinois medical lab technician programs located in every corner of the state. These programs provide future generations of medical lab techs with the theoretical knowledge and basic skills competency needed to pass board exams and land entry-level jobs within the profession.
Illinois medical lab technician programs are an excellent way for students to prepare for the challenges of a rewarding career as a medical lab tech. These programs provide the academic foundation and the practical skills training needed to obtain entry-level employment for this in-demand career. Most accredited programs also qualify students to sit for credentialing exams. In addition to the schools already mentioned, students will find additional medical laboratory technician programs in Illinois located around the state.
Aspiring medical lab technicians in Illinois should be able to find training programs located relatively near their place of residence. Prospective students should have an interest in the fields of chemistry, biology, and math. They should also possess a strong desire to help others through their career.
As all Illinois medical lab technician programs are different, curriculum varies by school. However, most programs require some general education requirements plus courses specific to medical lab technology. Here are some of the most common topics:
Medical lab techs are charged with collecting samples, testing them, and analyzing those results. This includes the use of complex medical equipment that requires medical lab techs to use their hands proficiently. They must also be able to work on their feet for hours at a time.
Many Illinois medical lab technician programs offer Associate's degrees upon successful completion while others offer certificates, sometimes in specific disciplines. These programs usually prepare students to sit for the proper certification exams. Some clinical experience is usually required. Beyond this, some continuing education may be necessary for medical lab technicians in Illinois to continue legally practicing in the state.
Schools for Medical Lab Technicians in Illinois are listed below.
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This list also contains online schools that accept students from Illinois.
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|School Name||Campus||Highest Award||Enrolled|
|City Colleges of Chicago-Harry S Truman College||Chicago||Associate||11,354|
|City Colleges of Chicago-Kennedy-King College||Chicago||Associate||6,140|
|City Colleges of Chicago-Malcolm X College||Chicago||Associate||6,031|
|City Colleges of Chicago-Olive-Harvey College||Chicago||Associate||4,078|
|City Colleges of Chicago-Richard J Daley College||Chicago||Associate||9,679|
|City Colleges of Chicago-Wilbur Wright College||Chicago||Associate||10,993|
|College of Lake County||Grayslake||Associate||16,010|
|DePaul University||Chicago||Doctorate & First Professional||23,401|
|Dominican University||River Forest||Masters||3,338|
|Eastern Illinois University||Charleston||Masters||12,179|
|Elgin Community College||Elgin||Associate||9,613|
|Illinois Central College||East Peoria||Associate||11,804|
|Illinois Eastern Community Colleges-Olney Central College||Olney||Associate||1,610|
|Illinois State University||Normal||Doctorate||20,274|
|Illinois Valley Community College||Oglesby||Associate||4,103|
|John A Logan College||Carterville||Associate||7,559|
|John Wood Community College||Quincy||Associate||2,417|
|Joliet Junior College||Joliet||Associate||13,149|
|Kankakee Community College||Kankakee||Associate||3,591|
|Moraine Valley Community College||Palos Hills||Associate||15,859|
|Northern Illinois University||Dekalb||Doctorate & First Professional||25,254|
|Oakton Community College||Des Plaines||Associate||10,805|
|Olivet Nazarene University||Bourbonnais||Doctorate||4,636|
|Rend Lake College||Ina||Associate||4,821|
|Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science||North Chicago||Doctorate & First Professional||1,729|
|Rush University||Chicago||Doctorate & First Professional||1,596|
|Shawnee Community College||Ullin||Associate||2,176|
|South Suburban College||South Holland||Associate||6,260|
|Southwestern Illinois College||Belleville||Associate||13,713|
|The College of Office Technology||Chicago||Associate||368|
|University of Illinois at Springfield||Springfield||Doctorate||4,855|
|University of St Francis||Joliet||Masters||3,503|
|Waubonsee Community College||Sugar Grove||Associate||8,731|
|Western Illinois University||Macomb||Doctorate||13,331|
The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Illinois. A table below the map shows job popularity and salaries across the state.
Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Medical Lab Technicians relative to the population of the city, as of 2008. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
A Relative Popularity of 1.0 means that the city has an average number of the particular job, for its population, compared to the rest of the US. Higher numbers mean proportionally more jobs of that type.
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