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C.S. in Tyler, Texas

43 months ago

I've been both MLT and MT. It's become more factory work than a science. Centralizing labs, creating "Mega Labs", and the money is just above the poverty level for new MT's. MLT.....you'll not make it unless you work two jobs. I know...

If I'm given a bucket of cbc's then I'm really glad I have that Poor MLT at my side.

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C.S. in Tyler, Texas

43 months ago

mdomingues in Baton Rouge, Louisiana said: if MLT's are so important in the lab why is it so hard for an entry level MLT to gain experience after completing school and with an ASCP certification?

to busy to train you.

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batttie in Seaside, California

43 months ago

Haha yea, the lab is becoming just a factory, especially with full automation lines and auto verification if lab results.

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KATHY in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

43 months ago

I am interested in any MLT's that have the HEW.
Does it make a difference in getting a job?

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recentgrad88 in York, Pennsylvania

41 months ago

I'm currently a Pharmacy Technician and I have to say there is a similar dynamic between Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians. One could argue that Pharmacy Technicians are essentially not needed, as some are arguing that MLTs aren't needed, but then Pharmacists would be spending a lot of their time ringing out customers and doing a lot of other basic tasks that takes time away from counseling patients and the other duties only Pharmacists can do. It sounds like the MLT has the same role in a lab, doing the bulk of the work so that the MT can focus on the responsibilities that are solely theirs. Pharmacy Technicians aren't going anywhere and are actually one of the fastest growing occupations (even though one of the worst paid) so I would imagine there will always be a similar need for MLTs in labs, like Pharmacy Techs in pharmacies. Is this true? I'm really interested in working in a medical lab but with the cost of once-cheap Pennsylvania state schools literally doubling between this year and next (thanks to Governor Corbett), the BS in Clinical Lab Science program I was planning on starting in Fall 2012 is now out of my reach. I'm considering doing an Associate's in Medical Lab Science to become an MLT since the tuition would be much cheaper at community college, the work, which is really fascinating to me, is the same, and I'd make more money than I do now as a Pharmacy Tech. Are there actually jobs out there for MLTs? I can't seem to find many listings, even in hospital job openings.

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Navy MLT in Long Beach, California

41 months ago

Ricky in Dallas, Texas said: Ok larry/spot/joker, 3 alias? Multiple personalities? Well you can say what you are on the Internet, hell I am a cardiothorasic surgeon as well as a MT.

The truth of the matter is, people advocate for their degree and certification if they truely hold those titles, because they know how hard it was to achieve those goals.

Must be nice to have a BS degree and still can't spell right..DA

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Mike in Minneapolis, Minnesota

41 months ago

recentgrad88 in York, Pennsylvania said: I'm currently a Pharmacy Technician and I have to say there is a similar dynamic between Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians. One could argue that Pharmacy Technicians are essentially not needed, as some are arguing that MLTs aren't needed, but then Pharmacists would be spending a lot of their time ringing out customers and doing a lot of other basic tasks that takes time away from counseling patients and the other duties only Pharmacists can do. It sounds like the MLT has the same role in a lab, doing the bulk of the work so that the MT can focus on the responsibilities that are solely theirs. Pharmacy Technicians aren't going anywhere and are actually one of the fastest growing occupations (even though one of the worst paid) so I would imagine there will always be a similar need for MLTs in labs, like Pharmacy Techs in pharmacies. Is this true? I'm really interested in working in a medical lab but with the cost of once-cheap Pennsylvania state schools literally doubling between this year and next (thanks to Governor Corbett), the BS in Clinical Lab Science program I was planning on starting in Fall 2012 is now out of my reach. I'm considering doing an Associate's in Medical Lab Science to become an MLT since the tuition would be much cheaper at community college, the work, which is really fascinating to me, is the same, and I'd make more money than I do now as a Pharmacy Tech. Are there actually jobs out there for MLTs? I can't seem to find many listings, even in hospital job openings.

A couple of things:

The difference between MLT and MT is much smaller than Pharmacist and Pharmacy Tech. legally, im most states, an MLT cand do everything MTs can do. MLTs have been known to work in every lab department that MTs do and do pretty much all of the same work minus a couple of exceptions.

The biggest difference between MLT and MT is the ability to become a Lab Manager or department managers.

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Mike in Minneapolis, Minnesota

41 months ago

MTs also have the ability to become technical consultants and specialists. They are also much more likely to be able to get a teaching job at a MLT school.

Large labs are actually moving toward more MLTs than MTs these days because they are cheaper, easier to find and in the mostly automated nature of labs these days, having MT's doing what an MLT can do is over paying for services.

There are plenty of jobs to be had for MLTs in most areas. The smaller the town the harder it may be but in cities you shouldn't have any trouble finding a job. The population of lab techs is getting older and older and less and less students are graduting from schools. So, I'd say lab techs will be in demand for the forseeable future.

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Angela in Waco, Texas

40 months ago

Hey Everyone, I didn't read through each and every post on here, so I apologize in advance if I'm rehashing...I'm currenty knocking out my pre-req's before going into a year internship for MT in 2013, I had a question about MLT though in case I cant gain entry into the MT internship right away...Does MLT programs generally require interview and clinicals like MT? Just curious thanks...

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carfre20 in Sparta, Tennessee

40 months ago

I just finished a MLT program that had 6 mo of clinicals that I did have to interview for just like it was a job. There were MT students doing theirs too and we did the exact same training. Hope this helps and good luck with what ever you decide to do.

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maggie in Salt Lake City, Utah

40 months ago

Usnom BS MT ASCP CLS NCA in Athens, Georgia said: This field would pay well if they stop hiring all the under qualified individual. I agree with steph they have to make it manditory in the clinical lab with a BS MT and a certification, either ASCP or NCA. The AMT are for the people that couldnt pass the other two. We need one certification agency only which is good for 50 states. We also have to regulate this field.

AMT is more difficult than ASCP. I have two certification. One from AMt and the other from ASCP. ASCP questions are not as hard as the AMT. So if you didn't take the AMT and only have the ASCP go and take the exam and see what you think!

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Koolios_lab in Charlotte, North Carolina

40 months ago

I just finish my mlt program and had a couple of interview and all of them pay below $15....of course I have no experience except for clinical.... I work at the hospital but not as a mlt yet... I had this job while in the mlt program...anyways I talked to a lot of nurse as well as radiology tech and others and nursing with an associate starts off at $21... Of course its different in different places.... I'm thinking about going for my BS for MT but also consider just going for my associate in nursing bc they'll get pay around the same.... Yea jobs are different but I just dont know what to do....

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Angela in Waco, Texas

40 months ago

to Koolios,

I don't think that making around 23,000-25,000 a year is bad pay, also I don't know how true this is, but I read somewhere that an MLT can work 2-3 years and then can sit to take the exam for MT, and once they pass the exam, they would make between 40,000-50,000 dollars a year, for those of you who are actually MT's maybe you can clarify this?...also please keep in mind as of right now, NO ONE IS HIRING Rad tech, JUST do a search on indeed, their are literally hundreds of people who have graduated and 6 months, a year, 2 years they are still looking for jobs, in addition for the jobs that are hiring they are only PrN Which means as needed, which also means they get no benefits, and in regards to nursing because that was my path for some time, I went to school to be a CNA and then got into nursing school and then realized I HATED IT, I'm actually currently thinking about going for MT at the moment, if you are seriously thinking about becoming a nurse, I think an associates would be a great path, however please please please shadow a CNA first before pursuing, trust me it will save you alot of heartache later if you decide the field isn't for you and who knows maybe you'll love it.....

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Chris in Rosedale, Indiana

40 months ago

Im 38 and 4 years ago earned an AS degree in Biotechnology, worked in Pharmaceuticals for 4 years got laid-off and now in school for MLS. I looked into both programs MLT and MLS, the MLS4 yr program sold me on the aerge nationwide pay scale and potential, with the MLS degree the opportunites are open in many more fields of work than an MLT, plus with my degree field I actually obtain a B.S Biology with a specialization in MLS. As far as what I've researched on the ASCP website, testing for either the MLT or MLS has prereqs. determined by the level of education held (but I could be wrong). Also I know in this state, I have to complete my senior year in clinicals, the MLT program has a semester of clinicals. I hve one semester of classes left than begin my clinicals, I do know the classes Ive taken are equal to a Pre-Med student and I qualify to test for Med School when I'm done. Which I'm to freaking old to do now..lol. Good luck to all in your journey. Thats the joy of this country freedom of choice.

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Chris in Rosedale, Indiana

40 months ago

Whichway2go in Hastings, Michigan said: Im 38, been outta work for 2 years and 3 months, I start going to community college Monday, I am only a HS graduate (wish I can turn back the hands of time...) Anyways, Im taking the basics that all the fields above seem to require atleast here in Michigan, I really wanted to be a xray tech or a sonagraphy person, but the school counselor told me they only accept 40 students per year! So now im considering nursing, but after reading all this Im not even sure if Its worth going to school if the market is so flooded with perspective applicants..

Im 38 and 4 years ago earned an AS degree in Biotechnology, worked in Pharmaceuticals for 4 years got laid-off and now in school for MLS. I looked into both programs MLT and MLS, the MLS4 yr program sold me on the aerge nationwide pay scale and potential, with the MLS degree the opportunites are open in many more fields of work than an MLT, plus with my degree field I actually obtain a B.S Biology with a specialization in MLS. So, I feel you man, but I bit the bullet and doing it, deciding was the hardest part, but I know from researching jobs on the internet, there are plenty out there anywhere in the nation, I know at Indiana State University where I attend, the job placement for this degree is at 100%, my advisor told me that the hospitals where I will do my clinicals have offered jobs to all the performed clinicals for them. So, a very good sign, but like one of the past post I've read, this career isnt in the spotlight right now,which is good for me. Good luck , It's rough starting over, but it's starting to smoothout finally.

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Chris in Rosedale, Indiana

40 months ago

been reading these post about how much people hate the lab environment becasue of peoples mouths and whining and all that bs, well, some advice....I'm 38 and I've spend six years in ND praires in the freezing winter working above ground in the AF, been a correctional officer, worked in steel mills and aluminum smelters (hot), and worked for large pharma companies(laid-off) and ALL of them had whiney, lazy, backstabbing, bitchy people, its life thats what happens,work is what you make of it, so if someone is looking for a job with a bunch of happy people running around, good luck, my advice pick a career that interest you and fits your personality and makes you happy, and take peoples attitudes with a grain of salt, dont let your career be determined or be consumed by the negativity of unhappy co-workers,

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Angela in Waco, Texas

40 months ago

To Chris in Indianna,

Hey, I know how you feel about starting all over again, for the past 3-4 years I was knocking out my pre-req's for nursing and then applied for nursing got denied twice and then made it in the third time, about halfway through the program things happened in addition to me realizing that nursing is something I HATE as a profession, so luckily for me I have most of my core done but have about 2 more years of MT classes to knock out and then the year internship, so far I'm really excited about it, and just as you said things finally starting to smooth out after a rough transition, also you mentioned about going to med school after MT, but mentioned you are too old at 38, not that I agree since I will be around 36-38 when I graduate from MT, not sure if you'd want to pursue it, but Dental is much shorter (4 years) although its super competitive to get into, the reason I mention it is right now MT is plentiful with jobs as is Dental, and alot of the classes you take for MT is what you would take as a pre-req for Dental school , I think it works out to maybe one or two more classes a semester while pursuing MT, not to get sidetracked, just made me think of Dental when you said the med comment!!!!!

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carlos in Sugar Land, Texas

40 months ago

Hey everyone I have a question. At what point do you think automation is going to have an opposing effect on jobs ? I know thats sort of a broad question.

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Chris in Rosedale, Indiana

40 months ago

Angela in Waco, Texas said: To Chris in Indianna,

Hey, I know how you feel about starting all over again, for the past 3-4 years I was knocking out my pre-req's for nursing and then applied for nursing got denied twice and then made it in the third time, about halfway through the program things happened in addition to me realizing that nursing is something I HATE as a profession, so luckily for me I have most of my core done but have about 2 more years of MT classes to knock out and then the year internship, so far I'm really excited about it, and just as you said things finally starting to smooth out after a rough transition, also you mentioned about going to med school after MT, but mentioned you are too old at 38, not that I agree since I will be around 36-38 when I graduate from MT, not sure if you'd want to pursue it, but Dental is much shorter (4 years) although its super competitive to get into, the reason I mention it is right now MT is plentiful with jobs as is Dental, and alot of the classes you take for MT is what you would take as a pre-req for Dental school , I think it works out to maybe one or two more classes a semester while pursuing MT, not to get sidetracked, just made me think of Dental when you said the med comment!!!!!

Hi Angela,

I have considered applying to Indiana University, to enter into the Graduate Program as a Pathologist Assistant, pay is around $80,000, must have a MLS or CLS BS degree, only two more years, but thanks for the ideas, never thought about Dental school, I've heard the entrance exams are extremely tough and yes competitive for acceptance. As far as old, well feel old somedays when Im attending classes with students the same age or younger than my own daughter..haha!!

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Angela in Waco, Texas

39 months ago

Chris,

Wow, Pathologists Assistant, I don't think I could handle that job, great pay though:-) agreed with attending class with 18 year olds, so funny to listen to some of the drama they think they have, ha ha, if they only knew how truly free they are:-)

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anonymous in Chicago, Illinois

39 months ago

Pffft, I already make 76k a year with overtime pay at the ripe age of 28 (+8 hours per week) as a medical technologist at a skill strapped hospital in Illinois. Find the gold mine, and dig it. That's the SMART medical technologists approach. Who cares if you have your feet on the table, it's all about money.

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anonymous in Chicago, Illinois

39 months ago

It would be wise by the way for all of you stupid medical technologist hooligans who think you are SO smart to stay in field. Point to another field hiring on full time with great benefits, and with the ability for it's workers to take on two jobs if they feel it necessary. Huh.

Too many dumb folks in this field, and if you think your kids will have as lucrative of careers as you did you are simply playing the roulette table. Welcome to the new America. Fools.

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Ludicrous!!!

39 months ago

I have read many of the comments on this sight and am amazed at the ignorance and arrogance of some of you so called professionals!
I have an Associate in Applied Science / Medical Laboratory Technology. I am an ASCP certified MLT, and if YOU have ever tested for ASCP Certification then you already know...YOU MUST KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING OR YOU WILL NOT PASS THE EXAM!!! I have worked in laboratories and see, overall, no difference between the duties required of MT vs MLT...the jobs are basicaly the same except the MT's receive higher pay. I am married to a MT Lab Manager...PT, QC, Maintenance etc...may be deligated to a MT, but it's not the LAW...MLT's are also trained in this area. We are NOT idiot monkeys off the street coming into "YOUR" lab and pushing the buttons on "YOUR" analyzers...we MLTs most likely know more about the legal issues, theory, policy, procedure... than you do & FYI to the real smart one who said MLTs can not report results; GET A CLUE!!! You guys are upset because you paid for 2 unnecessary years of education and want to demand that others see you as superior...well not this MLT...I see you as an equal...your ignorance and arrogance alone is enough to deduct 2 years of your so called knowledge! Again...get a clue!!!

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anonymous in Chicago, Illinois

39 months ago

Medical technologists tend to make more over the life of their career than MLTs. At my hospital the pay difference is almost $4 an hour. That's an $8000 difference in annaul salary.

Moreover, the MT path is a deeper dive into theory than the MLT path. More education simply means smarter techs that require less training, which managers/supervisors find appealing.

I do agree with you that not every department needs a medical tech in it all of the time and a MLT could easily suffice in that position (chemistry operator/coag operator/UA operator), but beyond that I would not want to be teaching a MLT advanced blood bank theory about warm autoantibodies, elutions, auto/allo absorptions, etc. Also I would not want a MLT to be running as key operator in a department. I come from a place where one of our technical supervisors is not well educated, and it really does impede our work environment. It's clear that she does not understand the concepts of QC, and can barely write a technical email---and it's embarassing.

Granted now some of you MLTs might have studied well, and got some on the job training that makes you more qualified, but outside of your workplace you will still appear less attractive to employers simply because of your title. That's just the tough world we live in.

More education = more money. Simple as that.

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James in Chalfont, Pennsylvania

39 months ago

shrug that's what i've heard is mt's mainly can get jobs as supervisors etc

i'd want the bachelors anyway for the career advancement

I was talking to my biology professor

who has both a phd in bio and a bachelors in med tech

said that you will eventually get burnt out

but he did suggest med tech for me...........btw your not too old...........your 38.............you still have 25 years or more of work ahead of you

still need to invest etc 401k blah blah family.........gl guys and women.........why don't people ever respect anyone else anymore btw

all i hear is bitching and complaining.......oh well i guess that's how ppl are now a days complain and don't assert yourself to do anything........grow up.

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anonymous in Chicago, Illinois

39 months ago

James, I agree with you... this is madness. But a fool is born everyday, and we can see they get both 2 year degrees and 4 year degrees. God help us all.

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rs in Dawson, Minnesota

39 months ago

CLS48 in California said: The problem is technicians can't release results because they don't have the license. Laboratories will always need MTs.

In, CA, technicians get paid $12 to $20 per hour depending on experience. MTs get $28 to $48 depending on experience and hospital location in CA.

The difference in salary appears to be more pronounced here than other places. I find it ridiculous that technicians can make almost as much as MTs in some places given that people with just high school diplomas can become technicians with experience, while MTs have to get the BS degree.

I dont know where you got your information but in the rest of the country MLT's can release results just fine. And you can't be an MLT with a high school diploma. You have to have an Associates degree. I agree that education is wonderful and I am an MLT working on my MT degree right now but seriously, don't disregard the education an MLT has to get to perform the job. It's 2 years of nothing but lab work. An MT is a bunch of general education classes then a couple of years of lab work.

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Chris in Rosedale, Indiana

39 months ago

rs in Dawson, Minnesota said: I dont know where you got your information but in the rest of the country MLT's can release results just fine. And you can't be an MLT with a high school diploma. You have to have an Associates degree. I agree that education is wonderful and I am an MLT working on my MT degree right now but seriously, don't disregard the education an MLT has to get to perform the job. It's 2 years of nothing but lab work. An MT is a bunch of general education classes then a couple of years of lab work.

Im not quite sure where you get your information from, I am currently a student in the BS Biology w/ Medical Laboratory Technology Specialization, yes there is general classes to complete Ive had to take Calculus and Statistics, 5 Chemistry classes with labs, 8 Biology/genetics etc.. classes all having labs Immunology,Serology,Histology,Hematology Biometry all with labs, Physics I and II with labs ..plus 15 months of Clinicals...thus qualifying me for exams to apply for medical school, its alot more than a couple years of lab classes, not saying MLT degree isnt what is need to perform the job, because it must be theres people doing it, just saying no comparison to the education in sciences involved between the two, BS is much more involved

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carfre in Cookeville, Tennessee

39 months ago

Oh my!! All this tension between the MT's and MLT's. Luckily at the hospital I work at we both work together. Yes MT's get paid more and are the lead techs, but the general concensous is that we are all valuable team members and work to give accurate results for the patients. I dont see why everyone here is acting like they are better. More educated, yes, but not any more valuable. FYI, I release just as many results as any MT and work the BB.

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glad in Royal Oak, Michigan

39 months ago

I don't understand all of the hostility between folks in the lab. What is the big deal?? Do your job and go home. Simple. If you have to base your self-worth solely off of your job then something is seriously wrong. MLT's are just as good as MT's in many respects. What i like about my decision to become an MLT first before progressing to MT is that i'll get more training time and opportunity to develop my skills. There's good in either road you choose.

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gurjant singh in Firozpur, India

38 months ago

CLS48 in California said: The problem is technicians can't release results because they don't have the license. Laboratories will always need MTs.

In, CA, technicians get paid $12 to $20 per hour depending on experience. MTs get $28 to $48 depending on experience and hospital location in CA.

The difference in salary appears to be more pronounced here than other places. I find it ridiculous that technicians can make almost as much as MTs in some places given that people with diplomas in dmlt and 25 yrs experience in civil hospital moga punjab india

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Dennis in Woodstock, Georgia

38 months ago

Ricky in Carrollton, Texas said: Yes every MLT is happy to have a job, what a suprise, you have less debt bc you went to a community college and much less education, of course your happy to have a job, that is why the Mlt ASCP is so basic bc there is next to no theory taught for a AS Mlt degree.

I am an MLT who has 30 hours in chemistry and a bachelors in business. I have also challenged the the MT ASCP certification and passed the first time. which I think is equivalent to a BS degree. So just to let you know we did have theory taught to us in school and I was taught well. Passing my Mt ASCP the first time and Three years later without studying should show you that you are no better than an MLT. You are a closed minded pig. There are MT with whom I work with who still has not passed the ASCP. NUFF SAID!!!!

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TK82 in Miami, Florida

38 months ago

Dennis in Woodstock, Georgia said: I am an MLT who has 30 hours in chemistry and a bachelors in business. I have also challenged the the MT ASCP certification and passed the first time. which I think is equivalent to a BS degree. So just to let you know we did have theory taught to us in school and I was taught well. Passing my Mt ASCP the first time and Three years later without studying should show you that you are no better than an MLT. You are a closed minded pig. There are MT with whom I work with who still has not passed the ASCP. NUFF SAID!!!!

Hi, I'm considering taking the same route. I was wondering: did your 30 hrs of science include the MLT science courses in the program or did you take additional courses like Organic Chem II or Biochemistry to satisfy the requirements?

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Dennis in Athens, Georgia

38 months ago

Clinical Chemistry was considered from MLT. Chemistry 1,Chemistry 2, and Organic Chemistry was considered. These classes along with MLT classes were enough to challenge ASCP. You will have to also have your experience signed off by your supervisors or lab director. Experience was three years when i did it; I believe it is two years now ,and it will have to be in each department. Experience has to be after bachelors degree. ASCP explains this vaguely on the ASCP website. A packet will be sent to be filled out.

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batttie in Seaside, California

38 months ago

So. Just wondering since this thread was started almost 3 years ago.. What is the starting salary for MLT and what area.... I know around the Bay area its around $25-$30 per hour. Any other parts of the country close or could match this??

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Chris in Hyde Park, New York

37 months ago

Yea, I would also like to know what the starting pay is for MLT's in highly populated areas. Although, I must admit it's kind of a buzz-kill to read a thread that's so old, and yet full of people discouraging the degree that I am almost done obtaining. Do people still feel that the MLT program is shi**y and not worth the time? And are job openings predicted to be plentiful in about another year? The reason I am so curious about this is because my family is extremely poor and my only option was a community college, because I have full financial aide coverage. What also confuses me is that the teachers in my MLT classes do nothing but praise the job and talk about how plentiful the openings are and will be. Any info on this stuff would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

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jonnyboy in Mattoon, Illinois

37 months ago

Hey, don't worry. The majority of the people on this discussion page are very negative, petty, and honestly, seem miserable. I have my bachelor's degree and could not move away to do my clinicals for MT, so did the MLT(closer to home), and will be able to sit for my MT ASCP next summer. I work with MT's (there are actually only 3 MLT's in my whole lab), and we do the EXACT same job. We are not looked at as inferior in the least. I really like my job a lot. I probably will not stay a tech forever, and plan on begining my master's soon, but it is a great career. Also, in larger areas, the jobs are plentiful.

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Dennis in Pascagoula, Mississippi

37 months ago

MLT start out here between 12&14 dollars an hour. Evening shift diff is between 2&2.50 an hour. Night shift diff here is 3-4an hour.weekend shift diff brings in another 4to 5 an hour more plus your evening or night shift pay. Get your mt its another 3-4 dollars an hour

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Chris in Rosedale, Indiana

37 months ago

jonnyboy in Mattoon, Illinois said: Hey, don't worry. The majority of the people on this discussion page are very negative, petty, and honestly, seem miserable. I have my bachelor's degree and could not move away to do my clinicals for MT, so did the MLT(closer to home), and will be able to sit for my MT ASCP next summer. I work with MT's (there are actually only 3 MLT's in my whole lab), and we do the EXACT same job. We are not looked at as inferior in the least. I really like my job a lot. I probably will not stay a tech forever, and plan on begining my master's soon, but it is a great career. Also, in larger areas, the jobs are plentiful.

What university were you attending was it in Illinois or perhaps Indiana? I go to ISU in Terre Haute, IN just wondered because I also have to move away for my clinicals.

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jonnyboy in Mattoon, Illinois

37 months ago

I got my bachelor's from Eastern Illinois University. I work with quite a few people who went to Indiana State! They did their clinicals in Vincennes, IN. That is one of our sites as well. The closest actually. All the rest are at least 2 1/2 hours away.

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Amanda in Salt Lake City, Utah

37 months ago

Hello all,
I am on my way to get my AA and BS in MLS at Weber state and will be done in three years or less. Then planning on getting my MHA right after while working in the lab. Do you think this is a good idea?

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echo in Franklin, Tennessee

37 months ago

In most States there's not a big distinction between what a MT can do and what a MLT can do, but Tennessee just recently changed that. MLTs can no longer be lead techs nor can they calibrate any of the instruments. I don't know if this came about because of the healthcare reform or if this is just something the State decided to do on their own. I think there is going to be a shift towards hiring more MTs in TN.

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me in Crossville, Tennessee

37 months ago

What kind of changes have happened and how recently? I work in Cookeville as a MLT and I am not aware of any changes. I still did things as usual when I worked yesterday.

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echo in Columbia, Tennessee

37 months ago

According to our Lab Director MLTs can't calibrate any of the instruments and they can't be lead tech anymore. I'm not sure when it takes affect, I'm thinking sometime this month.

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JMarie in Vista, California

36 months ago

I've been working in a private laboratory in research hormone balance, and it's a very interesting part of lab work.

I guess you can say im a Lab Assistant, and a mild MLT. I do all of the accessioning and review a lot of the results. We test saliva and urine, no hemo, or micro testing. I also do extractions of urine and saliva specimen. I process the reports to be sent to clients. I keep track of my QC, have a consistent lab notebook, and I also keep track of all of the stock of materials in the lab (i.e. i write the PO's and order the materials for everything/anything we need). I guess you can say I am probably the biggest help in my lab. I work under a Phd. Chemist, and a technologist. I got the job in production, and they had me train a little in some lite accessioning, and i just grew and advanced more by having very detailed and meticulous work ethic.
Whats my point?
Well, I've only got my HS diploma (2006 grad), didnt take any chem, and had one biology class. I have not taken any college courses, not even the gen. pre req's for an AA degree. Ive always been intrigued by science but never thought to pursue it as a career, until now when im three years deep into the field.
-Should I really work on getting MLT certified and licensed after my AA and meet requirements/qualifications for ASCP exam? After taking various chem and bio courses and THEN the MLT program (this is now almost 4 yrs later! with just an AA! and a 5k bill!) So im thinking of going big, and just jump shot to CLS get my BA, take the program at UCSD and get bonified.
im only 23 fem, by the time im done with school ill be seeing 30 soon, and not even be far on the ladder of a lab career. Do i really want to be serious in this?

I apologize for such an explaination, but im like the noob of noobs in the field. However i get my work done before deadline, correctly and my work is reliable, it proves so in the results of the lab. I just dont know the science of it all.

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Dennis in Moss Point, Mississippi

36 months ago

I would do it. It would be worth it. Just get experience in a hospital and then get your four year degree online. Ole Miss, university of cincinatti, and plenty of other schools offer medical technologist or clinical lab scientist degrees online. Is it worth going to school to make 20-30 dollars an hour? If your answer is yes then do it. I am 37 and didnt graduate till i was 25. There is plenty of opportunity for younger techs. Alot of people in this field are older and about to retire.

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Dennis in Moss Point, Mississippi

36 months ago

Saro in Albuquerque, New Mexico said: I am going to school to become and MLT, and I already have a BS in Biology. Does anyone know after I become and MLT what steps to take to become an MT. I am moving to Washington as soon as I get my MLT degree. I am kind of nervous after reading some of the comments about the lab being the step child of the medical field. Do most of you MLT/MT enjoy this field??

After mlt school just test for mt ascp certification.

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Dennis in Moss Point, Mississippi

36 months ago

Mike in Minneapolis, Minnesota said: A couple of things:

The difference between MLT and MT is much smaller than Pharmacist and Pharmacy Tech. legally, im most states, an MLT cand do everything MTs can do. MLTs have been known to work in every lab department that MTs do and do pretty much all of the same work minus a couple of exceptions.

The biggest difference between MLT and MT is the ability to become a Lab Manager or department managers.

You can become a lab manager as an mlt, but you can not be a technical consultant. As a lab manager your supervisors can be you technical consultant and the pathologist would have to sign off on blood bank and micro stuff. Clia 88 you can not be a lab director unless you have a BS degree. You can be a lab manager but that is up to the hospital that hires for that position.

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Do right lady in Shreveport, Louisiana

36 months ago

I am new on the block, meaning I have not passed my mlt exam and I am going to study more effective. However I am excited to read your comments. I am excited about your concerns with the pay,the duties and
futhering your education. I do want to further mine also. Are the upper
chemistry like 124 and 247 more difficult? Please share some of your
study habits or tell me how you prepared for the exam. So far I have heard that repetition is one of the keys to learning. I would appreciate your opinion on any of these matters. I will keep in touch
about my progress. I am very elated over your achievements. I just love
working in the lab is my goal. I want to become independent like Maslaw.

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MLT in KY in Crestwood, Kentucky

36 months ago

I have to agree that there is nothing special about being an MLT and yes I agree that our job is to push buttons!!! And I say that as an MLT not as a person who has not been in a lab before. Thats true that you have to know what the test result mean but anyone who has intrest in the medical field would know! And an MLT has access to the diagnosis so that makes the # make sense. I wish I had known what it is realy like before going through 2 1/2 years of this. Oh ya and would someone please tell me why do lab people have no respect for anyone in the hospital especialy the nurses who work 10 times harder than us MLT's. Every hospital I have been in complain about all the other departments in the hospital and even complain about each other. I have to say I was shocked when I first started at how unprofessional lab techs are no wonder we are the lowest paying department in the hospital!!! Maybe this is due to our work enviroment cooped up in the lab all day that drove some of the MLTs to be such bitter people. I hope to God I do not become one of those people as years pass by IF I stay in this field!

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