Medical Technologist – Career Connections – WBGU


♪ (woman)
I decided to become
a medical technologist because I love microscopy, which is working
with microscopes. Using the microscopes
to look at bacteria and living things that we
can’t see with the naked eye is exciting, and I get
to use that in my job. It’s thrilling, and I love
that part of my job. My key responsibilities
are receiving and analyzing blood specimen
and body fluids. I run the tests and report back
to the nurses and doctors, give them the levels and results
needed to treat the patient and make sure my instruments
are working correctly, so I do maintenance every night
before running the tests. I also check on the last shift
to ensure they don’t need help when I first come in. Than I receive the specimen
that comes from the floor. Stats are a specimen that needs
to be resulted right away, and routines are specimens that
can be done after the stats. All results are done as quickly
and efficiently as possible. It’s important to give accurate
results for many reasons. First, because that’s what
they use to treat these people. They’re using their levels, their different chemical
balances, their blood counts. They’re using everything
I give them to treat them. It’s important
to give correct numbers and very important that
my instruments work correctly. Doing controls is important, that everything’s falling
in the right ranges so patients also
fall in the right ranges. For example, if I gave a result
that was too high on a patient, they could make
their level lower, when in reality,
their level was normal, and that’s very
harmful to a patient. To become
a medical technologist, you need a four-year
bachelor degree, and then a one-year, clinical
year in an accredited school. You can do that
a few different ways. The path I chose, I received
my bachelor’s degree in biology, and then I pursued
the one-year clinical rotation. I did that locally, here. Another avenue is some
colleges have a CLS program, a clinical laboratory
science program, where you do three years,
then your last, your fourth year of college
becomes your clinical. That makes it
a little shorter. If you’re interested in becoming
a medical technologist and you’re in high school, I recommend taking
science courses. I would recommend taking
maybe some chemistry. Even though that wasn’t
my favorite in school, you still have to take it. I also recommend to friends that
have children in high school to take a post-secondary option. If your school allows
taking college courses while still in high school, that’s very beneficial to you. I recommend going to a
laboratory and shadowing there. That will tell you in one day if this is what you want
to be doing with your life. Hi, it’s Amanda. I have
a critical for you guys. I’m one step away
from actual patient care. I’m a very compassionate person,
and I’ve dealt with many things, but I don’t like to see that. People are sick and hurting
and caring for them takes a lot. It takes special people
to care for them. I help by reporting
to those nurses and doctors that are caring for
the patient firsthand. I love my job because
no two days are ever the same. There’s always different
problems to be solved. Sometimes it’s problems
with the instruments or problems with patients. It’s exciting, and I don’t want
to do the same thing every day. I think that’s boring,
so I love my job. Funding to purchase and make
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12 thoughts on “Medical Technologist – Career Connections – WBGU

  1. I've been an MT ASCP for 43 yrs. and have seen a lot of changes.  This video is very good and give practical advice.  It's a fine profession and rewarding.

  2. I really enjoy your video. do you mind making a video about question the ask before entering the mls program. Thank you.

  3. Am I too late to do cls its a new introduced program here only 1 yr running? but I'm now finishing up a bs. degree in accounting….I enjoy both accounting (audit ) and biology not so much chemistry though …

  4. I love this! I just started a program myself. People think of scientists/lab workers as typically cold or uncaring, but it definitely isn't the case! As she said, I'm very compassionate and care a lot about others but idk if I can handle it first hand. I want to help, but in the best way that will work for me. Right now I work in a call center helping people with opioid addiction and it can be very emotionally taxing. I can't imagine the stress level of being the medical and mental health professionals that see the patients first hand, and I greatly respect them for it.

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