200 Ferris Drive
Big Rapids, MI 49307
Medical Laboratory Technicians (MLT) perform laboratory analyses to help the physician detect, diagnose and treat disease. Technicians work with sophisticated laboratory instruments and computers that must be kept in optimal operating condition to give the most accurate results. Physicians base about 70 percent of their diagnosis and treatment decisions on the results of laboratory testing.
The program combines classroom instruction and laboratory practice on-campus with an internship in an affiliated laboratory.
Career opportunities exist in the clinical laboratories in hospitals and medical centers; pharmaceutical industry in quality control, research and biotechnology; government crime labs, accreditation offices, environmental technology, veterinary medicine and lab information systems; humanitarian work in the Peace Corps, Project Hope and with medical missionary workers.
The average annual base salary of full-time medical laboratory technicians was close to $46,000 in 2013. Salaries are increasing annually.
To graduate from the program, a student must have earned a minimum grade of "C" in each CLLS course, BIOL 205, CHEM 214, and the COHP core courses. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required.
The MLS and MLT programs at Ferris State University are fully accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). NAACLS can be contacted as follows: NAACLS 5600 N river Road Suite 720 Rosemont, IL 60018-5119 847.939.3597, 773.714.8886 fax, www.naacls.org