Technologists are a regulated profession requiring registration with a professional program in order to work as MLT. Technicians/assistants are not regulated. As a result, technologists have better starting pay.
As for any consequences of choosing one over the other, I would say career advancement. If you were an employer trying to find a supervisor, would you hire a technologist or a technician/assistant?
Apr 11th, 2008 11:52 AM #16
Apr 11th, 2008 12:15 PM #17
Thanks kayoko...I'm in similar boat as you - have a degree already and thinking of doing more school. But I graduated a few years back, so I've already spent several years drifting and not having a desirable career. I read your other post...wish you the best of luck of getting into Michener.
Anyways I was confused about the term "medical lab tech" - tech being short for technologist or technician...but I see which schools actually offer the "technologist" program now: http://www.csmls.org/english/career/programs.htm
Apr 11th, 2008 02:02 PM #18
Although, if you find your qualifying for their graduate programs, they're great cause they're much shorter, but they still provide you with a good stepping stone into a career. Examples like sleep medicine, diagnostic cytology, genetics technology, etc.
One non-Michener program I applied to was "PHARMACEUTICAL REGULATORY AFFAIRS AND QUALITY OPERATIONS" from Seneca. It's an awesome program since it runs only for 1 year and you get a co-op opportunity. I have a friend from high school who's in the program right now and she's really enjoying it. She told me that the top supervisor in her department only has a B. Sc so there's not that much pressure to go back for a M.Sc or PhD.
I didn't bother writing Seneca's English assessment test for the program cause in the end, I like health care a whole lot more than pharmaceutical industry. Personal choice mostly, cause I'm sure I have a heck of a better chance getting into Seneca than Michener.
It's been a crazy process for me deciding what career to choose and by the first week of May, I'll know my fate (that's when acceptances will be sent out). Wish you good luck in this process and hopefully, you'll be able to find something that you like as I did.
Apr 11th, 2008 02:32 PM #19
kayoko - from your posts, I'm assuming Michener admission is quite competitive? Since the med lab tech program only needs high school courses requirements, wouldn't you have an advantage since you already have a B.Sc and more mature? Or does it actually hurt to be not coming straight from high school...
Yeah, another 2-3 years...seems like lots of ppl have the bachelor-degree-is-not-enough issue. I have also been looking into the pharmacist option (yes, not your cup of tea) - my GPA has a shot (not too long of a shot, but not a sure thing either), but another 4 years plus ridiculous tuition - I'll be a very broke thirty-something after I graduate.
Apr 11th, 2008 02:55 PM #20
Diagnostic Cytology is another story since they only take in 12 people out of the 250 that apply. Genetics Technology is even tougher to get into (there are lots of genetics students out there).
Pharmacy would be awesome! Starting salary is good enough that loans shouldn't be a problem. As long as they lend you enough for you to make it through school, I think it'd be worth it if that's what you want to do. Though, I do admit that $12,000/year of tuition is ridiculous.
Personally, I wouldn't let age be an issue unless you've got a family to feed/raise. Career changes are normal. I think the most important part is being proud of what you're doing. Of course, this is my young idealistic self talking. Wishful, but nice.
Apr 12th, 2008 01:04 PM #21
Keep in mind that there is considerable demand for MLT's. Hospitals are currently desperate as a large number of current MLTs are close to retirement. There are many hospitals that are now offering signing bonuses to attact MLTs...there is a huge demand NA wide.
You want the Technologist not the technician.
Consider the college programs as well. These are the same programs as the Mitchner (the mitchner was started for a different purpose). As for MLT's. Many already have degrees, yes, but there are many that I know that are successful with the College program.
FWIW, current trend is to move most midsize or larger hospital labs to automation...until recently, hospitals like Brantford or Toronto East would have been though of too small for Autmating Chemistry/IA/Coag/Hematology...but technology has changed and the threshold is lowering.
What this means is that someone with a high degree of comfort with the MLT side and very comfortable with computers will be in even higher demand as the automation systems all require middleware/linecontrol stations.
As a final thought, a few years as a successful MLT showing strong abilities with equipment is a great way to get hired by the Diagnostic companies (again, this is how we hire our Techincal Specialists: the troubleshooters, trainers etc). When I was in the role, I believe that I was the only technical specialist who did not have a MLT designation.
Apr 12th, 2008 10:46 PM #22
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I am definitely interested in this field in the future, but i was just wondering about the wages. So far, i gather average wage per hour is $30/h - $40k/year, anyone got more accurate figures since this field is indeed in demand. Also, does the program also include phlebotomy?
Apr 12th, 2008 11:05 PM #23
I cannot speak for actual wages at each institution; however, I can say that with a few years experience 50-70k is very possible...add overtime and you can earn more.
Now, it can be repetitive...no question.
It can also be a job where you work your shift and that is it. For some, a midnight shift is great...for others, a morning or evening is better....
As I have said before, it is a great "in" to the instrument companies (roche, abbott, Siemens, Beckman etc...).
Apr 13th, 2008 08:54 AM #24
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Taking the technology program is worth it, you'll get more theory and be better prepared to get away from the bench routine._______________
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Apr 13th, 2008 10:41 PM #26
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Just a off topic question....I have a friend who goes to Michener. I was wondering those who graduate does your certificate really come from UofT? She mentioned it's part of UofT and when you do graduate you are seen as a UofT graduate...can anyone confirm this?
Apr 14th, 2008 07:02 AM #27
Radiological Technology program which is a joint degree-diploma from UofT and Michener. One of the more competitive programs to get into, students of the program graduate with a degree from UofT and a diploma from Michener. So, to answer you question, you friend would be a graduate of both UofT and Michener.
Although note that the rad tech program is unique in this aspect. Most, if not all, other programs at Michener only result in a diploma or advanced diploma.
Dang, I must really like Michener to know this much off the top of my head. LOL.
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