Are you looking for a secure career in a fast-growing health occupation?
Consider medical laboratory technology. It involves looking at cells through a microscope, cross-matching blood, performing chemical and molecular analysis and looking at pathological disease states. It’s an occupation for highly organized people who can perform the investigative-style research that helps unravel the mysteries of the human body.
The El Centro College Medical Laboratory Technology program can prepare you for this career field. Our program is recognized locally and nationally. It has an outstanding faculty. And the program offers experience that includes class and lab instruction, field trips, clinical rotations and special-topic speakers.
Getting Your Degree
El Centro College is the only college of DCCCD that offers the Medical Laboratory Technology program. Graduates earn the Medical Laboratory Technology Associate in Applied Sciences degree. The associate degree program blends science, liberal arts and technical courses in classroom and clinical settings.
Before you can apply for admission to the program, you must complete the Medical Laboratory Technology Core Curriculum. That curriculum includes general education and related health classes and can be completed in two semesters. You can then apply for admission to the Medical Laboratory Technology program. The program accepts students via a competitive selection process.
How to Get Started
To get started in the Medical Laboratory Technology program, meet with an academic advisor so that he or she can help you determine which courses you should take. Before you can apply to the program, you must also attend an online information session. This session tells you details about program admission, application and acceptance policies.
If you have questions about the Medical Lab Technology program that aren’t answered on our website, please feel free to contact us.
Loni McElhinney had always enjoyed the laboratory components of her science classes, and she wanted a career in the medical field. That led directly to the Medical Laboratory Technology program at El Centro College.
“Once I was accepted into the program, I found the instructors to be personable and knowledgeable, and they made me feel well prepared for my clinical rotations,” she said. “Lisa Lock and Denise Griffin always make sure that everyone understands the material and really want their students to succeed.”
McElhinney did succeed. She was able to get a job as a medical laboratory technician at a hospital immediately after graduation.
Could you be the next student success story?
El Centro College’s Medical Laboratory Technology program is our program of the month for July.
If you’re looking for more information about Medical Laboratory Technology, here are some great resources for you:
Even with the economy in a downturn, certain career fields not only have job openings but are experiencing very strong growth. In fact, according to ABC News, the difficult economic situation itself has in some cases directly created a need for skilled workers in certain occupations — such as bankruptcy specialists.
With more than 100 occupational programs and academic subjects, plus a wide range of continuing education classes, DCCCD is a great place to get training for a new job, enhance your current skills for a promotion and begin the educational journey toward a successful career.
By doing a little reading and research, you can identify occupations that are and will be in demand, find one that’s right for you and prepare for it with a DCCCD education. According to government statistics and industry experts, some of the strongest career fields right now include:
- Accountants, financial advisors and other business experts – These days, everyone wants to know how to get the most out of their money, and businesses need employees who can manage limited financial resources skillfully.
- Auto mechanics and repair technicians – When the economy’s down, more people choose to get their cars repaired than to buy new ones — which means they need skilled, knowledgeable mechanics and technicians.
- Construction workers – While demand for new houses will probably slow down, President Obama’s economic relief efforts may result in new jobs in the construction arena.
- Creative types – Multimedia artists, graphic designers and other creative occupations will be in high demand, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- Education professionals – Demand remains high in the education field for a wide range of jobs, especially preschool teachers.
- Health care workers – Nurses, X-ray technologists, paramedics, nurse’s aides and other health care professionals are always in need.
- Information technology professionals – Love computers? Then you’re in luck. Software engineers, database administrators and other IT professionals will be in high demand over the next decade.
- Law enforcement specialists – An unfortunate side effect of the economic climate is that crime rates are rising, which means there’s a need for trained law enforcement workers.
- Office workers – Expect strong demand for skilled secretaries and administrative assistants in the next few years.
Do a Little Research
Want to know more about the labor market and which occupational fields are growing? Check out these links to get started:
- Job Opportunities in 2009 (video) – ABC News’ Tory Johnson forecasts the job market for the new year.
- Top Jobs in 10 Industries – CNN.com and Career Builder identify some fields worth investigating and the top jobs in each.
- Occupational Outlook Handbook – This publication of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics provides information about hundreds of different jobs, including the training and education needed for each, what you can expect to earn and potential job prospects.
- Tomorrow’s Jobs – This section of the Occupational Outlook Handbook provides an overview of the labor market that can help guide your career plans.
- Resources for Jobseekers – View information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on occupations, benefits and other work-related topics, or find a job using the highlighted job banks.
- Lifetime Earnings Soar With Education – About.com: US Government Info looks at the difference education can make in your earning potential.
And don’t forget that as a DCCCD student, you can take advantage of the many services offered by our Career Centers, including individual career counseling, computerized career guidance programs, resume assistance and much more.