Combine science, math, and critical thinking skills to complete daily tasks. Perform routine medical laboratory tests for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. May work under the supervision of a medical technologist. Analyze test results and communicate findings. As shown by the COVID pandemic, this is a very important job, and if you want to help in a critical area of healthcare, you might consider this career.

A Typical Day

  • Conduct chemical analyses of body fluids, such as blood or urine, using microscope or automated analyzer to detect abnormalities or diseases and enter findings into computer.
  • Analyze the results of tests or experiments to ensure conformity to specifications, using special mechanical or electrical devices.
  • Set up, maintain, calibrate, clean, and test sterility of medical laboratory equipment.
  • Prepare standard volumetric solutions or reagents to be combined with samples, following standardized formulas or experimental procedures.
  • May be responsible for collecting blood from patients.
  • Work independently and coordinate with other healthcare professionals for best patient care.

Recommended Credentials

Associate Degree or 60 credit hours

Education & Training

Regional employers often hire graduates of these programs.


Northwest Lower Michigan


Northwestern Michigan College with credit transfer to Ferris State University

Elsewhere in Michigan


Ferris State University - Medical Laboratory Technology

Northern Michigan University - Clinical Laboratory Technology

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Northwest Education Services (formerly TBAISD) Career Tech Center - Allied Health 

HS Science and College Prep classes

The Local Advantage Learning Pathway

Pathway 1

Northwest Education Services (formerly TBAISD) Allied Health  

Tour the Munson Laboratory as part of the program.

Pathway 2

To save on college expenses, start coursework at NMC and then transfer to Ferris State University to complete the degree.

Pathway 3

Munson Healthcare Otsego Memorial Hospital offers internships to Northern Michigan University students. Some local companies offer significant sign-on bonuses when hired! 


Sample Employers in Our Region

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Contact one of these companies and ask for an informational interview, to see if you can job shadow, or to find out if they hire interns.


Sample Job Titles...

  • Certified Clinical Laboratory Technician
  • Clinical Laboratory Technician (Clinical Lab Technician)

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Professional and Certifying Organizations:

National Accreditation Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences - international accreditation

American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) - certification accepted by Munson after accredited program and internship

American Medical Technologists (AMT)

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