DIPLOMA IN MEDICAL LABORATORY TECHNOLOGY
Graduated from Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology will work as a Medical Laboratory Technologist. It is a profession in research labs or medical labs in hospitals or clinics. All these laboratories are fully equipped with research technologies and machineries for analysing given specimens. Medical Laboratory Technologist does not interact directly with patients. 70-80% of all medical decisions are based on the laboratory tests of patients.This shows the importance of the Medical Lab Technologist plays in providing accurate information to doctors for proper medical diagnosis. Pathology or laboratory medicine is the testing of human tissues or body fluids such as blood, urine, sputum, blood, urine, bone marrow, sputum, stool, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), peritoneal fluid. There are 7 disciplines in studying medical laboratory technologist field; haematology, parasitology, microbiology, immunohematology, pathology, histopathology and sitology.
Medical Microbiology consists of methodologies to find out the types of diseases that are caused by microorganisms. Besides these, Blood Transfusion Science will train students on how to ensure that blood supply is properly handled and safe for use while Cytology and Histopathology will expose students to the analysis of cancerous cells and tissues. Biochemistry Clinical which focuses on the biochemical components in blood such as glucose, cholesterol and enzymes for the identification of diseases related to the kidney, heart, liver and so on. Hematology which is basically the study of blood cells in order to trace anemia, leukemia, thalssemia and similar medical problems. Pathology or laboratory medicine is the testing of human tissues or body fluids such as blood, urine, sputum, blood, urine, bone marrow, sputum, stool, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), peritoneal fluid. You will learn how to perform laboratory tests and analysis on human blood, bodily fluids and tissues to assist doctors in diagnosing and managing diseases.
With so many disciplines and tests, profession as medical laboratory technologist is viewed as a tough career. But not all tests are conducted daily basis. Even though it’s interesting career, but high risk. The medical laboratory technologist is responsible for the accuracy of the lab results concerning people’s life. I single error in labelling, specimen or research; it would affect the whole result of the doctor’s diagnosis and treatment. Perfection and accuracy is very vital in this profession. There is another important issue on familiarity with the specimens such as blood, smelly urine etc.
If you choose Medical laboratory Technologist as your career, the diploma studies is 3 years in average. Involves theory and practical studies plus clinical in clinic and hospital. Many institutes are offering this course with minimum requirement ; SPM with compulsory pass in Bahasa Malaysia and priority given for those credit in Bahasa Malaysia, English, Science and Mathematics. Candicates must be physically and mentally fit without ant handicaps effecting laboratory work.
With Diploma In Medical Laboratory Technology, graduate would usually start his or her career off as a Medical Lab Technologist. Should they desire to continue on to degree level, graduates will enter into Year 2 of the Biomedical degree programme. What you will study Medical Laboratory Technology studies prepare students for a career as medical laboratory technologists. Those who aspire to become clinical scientists, research scientists or academicians can further their study for a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Science or Forensic Science.
Medical Laboratory Technologists have a variety of career opportunities. They can work in public or private hospital laboratories, private clinical laboratories, public health laboratories, universities and research institutions.
For time to come in the future Medical Laboratory Technologist is in high demand in Malaysia and overseas as we are progressing towards technology world. Each treatment and diagnosis is born in medical lab by analysis and reports done by MEDICAL LABORATORY TECHNOLOGIST.