Medical Laboratory Technology 

RMU Prepares Students Through Our Medical Technology Degree

If you are seeking a medical technician school, Robert Morris University Illinois offers an advanced medical technology degree. The Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS) in Medical Laboratory Technology prepares individuals for professional careers in clinical laboratory science that assist doctors in reaching the diagnoses  and determine the appropriate treatments for patients. RMU’s medical lab technician program offers a broad science background integrating general education and professional courses with hands-on experiences in a variety of clinical lab settings.

A Medical laboratory technician uses microscopes, cell counters, and other state-of-the-art laboratory equipment to determine the absence, presence, or extent of disease and provide data needed to evaluate the effectiveness of treatment in hospitals, clinics, physician’s offices, and commercial laboratories. Those students who earn an AAS in Medical Laboratory Technology Degree have many career options including laboratory technician, forensics, public health, biotechnology and medical information technology.

Learn at a Leading Medical Technology School

By earning a medical technology degree at Robert Morris University, students will be able to safely perform routine diagnostic laboratory testing accurately in the area of clinical chemistry, hematology/hemostasis, immunology, immunohematology/transfusion medicine, microbiology, urine/body fluid analysis and laboratory operations. RMU’s medical technician school teaches students how to comprehend information, report accurate results and maintain quality control. Graduates will possess the ability to become leaders in the field by communicating effectively with health care personnel and peers as well as exercising principles and practices of professional conduct.

An Advanced Medical Lab Technician Program

Through experienced-based Learning, students enter into the medical technician school receiving an advanced education both inside and outside the classroom. With professional affiliations with major hospitals such as Advocate Hospitals, Good Samaritan Hospital, Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Lutheran General Hospital, Trinity Hospital and Advocate Children’s Hospitals; students will get real world experience and expert guest speakers.

The MLT Program at Robert Morris University is actively seeking accreditation by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). Students upon successfully completing the MLT program are eligible to sit for the national certification examination ASCP-BOC (upon NAACLS accreditation), administered by American Society of Clinical Pathology.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects medical laboratory technologist and technician occupations to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.

Requirements for Admissions to the Program:

Applicants for the Associate in Medical Laboratory Technology require a minimum ACT score of 18 or SAT score of 950 and a high school cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and require two years of high school science (biology/chemistry) and math (algebra or higher). Transfer students should have a college GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and meet the science requirements.

MLT Program Essential Functions

In addition to the academic performance MLT students are required to demonstrate the behavioral, cognitive and physical attributes necessary for a successful Clinical Laboratory Science professional. These essential functions are necessary for admission, continued enrollment and successful completion of the Program. These functions allow the student to perform diagnostic laboratory tests accurately and safely; comprehend information, report accurate results and maintain professional behaviors. All students must possess sufficient skills with or without accommodation, to be able to perform the following abilities or essential functions.

Cognitive Skills

  1. Comprehend verbal and written information
  2. Analyze and synthesize data
  3. Calculate and measure (mathematical/ statistical calculations)
  4. Evaluate and apply information
  5. Demonstrate ample judgment and reasoning skills to follow appropriate corrective action
  6. Transfer knowledge accurately (critical information; verification of information)
  7. Update relevant knowledge and skills
  8. Recognize safe environmental conditions (contaminants, biological materials) and follow safe practices

Behavioral Skills

  1.  Complete responsibilities; attendance; assignments
  2. Organize, prioritize, takes initiative to accomplish work
  3. Adapt to changes in workflow
  4. Take criticism positively
  5. Demonstrate adequate emotional stability to function under pressure
  6. Practice self-reflection to make improvements
  7. Demonstrate respect for others
  8. Demonstrate professionalism; ethics; collaboration with health care members; abide by professional standards of conduct
  9. Respect patient privacy and confidentiality of results

Psychomotor/Sensory Skills

  1. Handle objects, tools, adjust controls (operate and maintain microscopes, instruments, pipettes, centrifuges)
  2. Move freely in laboratory and patient care setting
  3. Attend to moderately taxing physical tasks over several hours
  4. Possess the visual abilities to assess biological specimens (depth, texture, differentiate color)
  5. Monitor alarms, feel veins and detect smoke and noxious odors

Communication Skills

  1. Communicate effectively (written, verbal and electronic) with colleagues, patients and other professionals

Students with documented disabilities who may require accommodation to meet these essential functions should contact the Office of Student Affairs Director of Student Services & Special Programs for assistance.

Advocate Hospitals

  • BroMenn Medical Center
  • Christ Medical Center
  • Condell Medical Center
  • Eureka Hospital
  • Good Samaritan Hospital
  • Good Shepherd Hospital
  • Illinois Masonic Medical Center
  • Lutheran General Hospital
  • Sherman Hospital
  • South Suburban Hospital
  • Trinity Hospital

Advocate Children’s Hospital

  • Advocate Children’s Hospital – Oak Lawn
  • Advocate Children’s Hospital – Park Ridge
  • Hospital and Private Laboratories
  • Medical and Pharmaceutical Research (development/testing new methods)
  • Public Health
  • Specialized Laboratories (Molecular Diagnostics, Forensics, Fertility, Veterinary, cytogenetics)
  • Biotechnology (Product research/development, quality assurance)
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Medical Information Technology
  • Compliance Inspection
  • Infection Control
  • Education
  • Biology, Microbiology and Clinical Microbiology
  • Clinical Chemistry and Organic Biochemistry
  • Phlebotomy
  • Laboratory Techniques
  • Urinalysis & Body Fluids
  • Immunology/Immunohematology
  • Hematology/Hemostasis
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Professor instructing medical laboratory technology students wearing white coats in an experiment
Professor instructing medical laboratory technology students wearing white coats in an experiment

“MLT is an exciting degree! Courses in basic sciences, medical technology and clinical experience at local hospitals prepare you to work in a clinical diagnostic laboratory. Explore this dynamic profession and work in the areas of Clinical Hematology, Chemistry, Microbiology and Blood Banking.”

Romaica Omaruddin M.D., MLS (ASCP)CM
MLT Program Director

Go Beyond your Expectations

Students have the opportunity to obtain both their bachelor’s and their master’s degrees simultaneously to save time and money through RMU’s dual degree program.

With a culture of business for over 100 years, RMU also offers the Morris Graduate School of Management for students to expand their knowledge with a master’s degree.

Master of Business Administration

  • Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Management/HR Management
  • Management/Finance
  • Accounting
  • Accounting/Finance

Master of Information Systems

  • Business Analytics
  • Information Security
  • Mobile Computing
  • Information Systems Management

Master of Management

  • Higher Education Administration
  • Health Care Administration
  • Law Enforcement Administration
  • Sports Administration

Master of Science

  • Human Performance

Study Abroad Opportunities available up to 4 times a year in locations such as: Italy, Taiwan, and England

Program Accreditation

RMU is currently seeking programmatic accreditation from:

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
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