Swati Salunkhe

Managing Director - Growth Centre India Private Limited

Medical Lab Technician & Medical Lab Technologist

Medical Lab Technologist

There are two levels of medical laboratory workers–technicians and technologists. Medical technologists have more training and job responsibilities. They perform more complex tests and often supervise other laboratory workers. Technologists are often responsible for making sure that testing is done properly. For instance, Blood bank technologists determine correct blood types for transfusions. Microbiology technologists identify bacteria and other disease organisms.

Medical technicians do most of the routine laboratory testing. Technicians may prepare specimens and use machines that automatically analyze samples. They may follow detailed instructions to do tests by hand. They record the test results on computers. Some technicians run all types of tests while others specialize. For example, Phlebotomists draw and test blood. Histology technicians cut and stain tissue samples, and so on. In addition to running tests, technicians set up, clean, and maintain laboratory equipment, such as centrifuges and microscopes. They also prepare standard solutions for use in the lab. This involves measuring and mixing the correct amount of various chemicals.

In brief, Medical laboratory technicians, also called clinical lab technicians, under the supervision of a medical technologist or physician, perform tests on tissue, blood and body fluids to help physicians diagnose and treat diseases.

Study/Training

  • Ø Medical Lab Technologist:- (a) Bachelors in Medical Lab Technology  OR      (b) Post-Graduate Diploma In Medical Lab Technology.
  • Eligibility: (a) 10+2 [PCB] (b) Graduate from any stream.

    • Ø Medical Lab Technician:- Diploma in Medical Lab Technology

    Eligibility:- 10+2 [PCB].

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