I will be an MLT student this fall 2008. Live in MD. it's a 2 yr program. I did prereq for RN nursing that comprise a lot of the first year.
As far as I understand, MLT's do the testing in the medical labs They test the pt fluids: urine, blood, sputum, cerebral, did i leave any others out? Whats in the fluid that could indicate disease, disorder, is the drug working etc.
You can be looking at the chemistry of the fluid, the microbiologcial aspects-detecting bacteria, viruses, other pathogens. Blood work-the hematocrit, Hb count, imumization factors, coaguability, consistence etc. The effect that drugs are working in the system.
I've just read a third of my introducotory book to lab science to get prepared and to make the work load easier in the fall.
There are 3 chemistry classes to take.
I think I'll enjoy the microbilogy work.
Not alot of pt interaction if at all. That makes me sad. But there are so many injuries these days in nursing and I like medicine so I chose this.
How bout you?