Medical laboratory technicians (MLTs) are in high demand. As part of the team of medical specialists who analyze bodily fluids and tissues to provide information to doctors, MLTs are vital to diagnosis and treatment of disease and maintenance of good health.
MLTs use sophisticated equipment and technology to conduct a range of tests from simple blood screens to more complex analysis to detect diseases such as cancer, coronary artery disease, and diabetes; identify bacteria or viruses that cause infections; and identify signs of drugs of abuse.
Blessing Hospital laboratory staff and students have access to state-of-the art biomedical instrumentation, technology, and computers. Our laboratory is the largest and most advanced in a 100-mile radius. We are staffed by qualified MLTs and scientists certified by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists. The laboratory is under the direction of three board-certified pathologists.
Before entering the program, students must earn a minimum of 33 academic credit hours from a regionally accredited college or university. These must include 4 credit hours in chemistry and 12 credit hours in biology. Students should follow the course of study established by their college to ensure eligibility for an associate degree.
We have developed a course of study with John Wood Community College that culminates in the student obtaining an associate degree in medical laboratory technology. Click here to view our full course catalog and course descriptions. Or click here for a printable version of our 2018-19 course catalog.
Prospective students are strongly encouraged to arrange a tour of the laboratory and meet with our program director. Obtain an application here.
Applications must be received by April 1 and must include:
Written personal interest statement
High school transcript
College transcripts to date
Three written letters of recommendation from former employers or educators
$10 non-refundable processing fee
All potential candidates must:
Be able to walk, bend, and stand for extended periods of time
Be able to lift or move items in excess of 30 lbs.
Have good manual dexterity
Have normal or corrected vision (including the ability to distinguish colors), hearing, and touch
Have good verbal and written communication skills
Be able to comprehend college-level textbooks
Be able to follow directions and work with speed and accuracy
A complete health examination is required before enrollment. Immunizations must be up to date, including Hepatitis B immunization at the student’s expense. Students will also be asked to show evidence of health insurance coverage. Any work-related injury will be handled through Blessing Employee Health Services. Students will be subject to drug screening upon admission to the program and randomly during their training.
Students may be eligible for the following federal financial aid programs:
Stafford Loan (subsidized and unsubsidized)
Students should consult the financial aid director at Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing and Health Sciences after being notified of acceptance into the MLT program. Note: students may not obtain financial aid from two institutions during the same academic period.
Faculty members in our program include a program director and expert medical technologists (MTs), who serve as section supervisors. Experienced MTs and MLTs serve as clinical instructors during laboratory rotations. On-site pathologists also work with and mentor our students.
After completing the year of training, students receive a certificate from Blessing and are eligible for an associate degree from their college.
Graduates of the program will be well prepared for the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Registry exams for MLT or the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS), National Credentialing Agency for Laboratory Personnel (NCA) exams for Clinical Laboratory Technician (CLT) credential. In the past three years, 100% of our graduates have passed the certification exam.
The Blessing Hospital School of Medical Laboratory Technicians is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), which ensures that the program maintains a high educational standard. They are located at 5600 North River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-3597. Phone: (847) 939-3597. Fax: (773) 714-8886.