Sanford-Brown College Unveils New Medical Laboratory Technician Associate Degree Program at the Collinsville Campus

January 24, 2011

Medical Lab Tech Program Prepares Students to Perform Medical Analysis and Diagnostics in Health Care Field

Collinsville, IL (January 24, 2011) – Sanford-Brown College (SBC) announced the addition of a new medical laboratory technician program at the college’s Collinsville, Illinois campus.  The Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) program is designed to prepare students for a career in health care, performing manual and automated tests on patients’ specimens under the supervision of physicians, lab managers or laboratory technologists, employed in hospitals, independent laboratories or doctors’ offices. Students will also be taught lab quality control, including the preventative and corrective maintenance of instrumentation and equipment.  The first classes are scheduled to begin January 2011.

Health care is a growing employment sector in the country.  Each year, millions of lab tests are performed at hospitals, doctor’s offices and off-site labs to detect and assist in treatment of a variety of conditions.  In addition to analysis of different items, this course teaches students to understand, maintain and even troubleshoot the equipment they’ll be using in the lab.

“Lab tests have changed significantly over the last several decades as technology has become more advanced,” said Deanna Reinacher, Program Chair for the Medical Laboratory Technician program at Sanford-Brown College - Collinsville. “Our classes are designed to give students the opportunity to train on industry-current technology and be ready for a career in health care.”

Graduates of SBC’s Medical Laboratory Technician program are eligible for and encouraged to take the Medical Laboratory Technician certification exam offered by American Medical Technologists (AMT) upon graduation.  This credential is a nationally recognized, voluntary certification that could enhance employment opportunities.  Potential career settings for students include Medical Technician, Medical Laboratory Technician, and work with Medical and Surgical Hospitals and Diagnostic Laboratories.

“Sanford-Brown College - Collinsville is one of the first schools in the Midwest to offer this specific associate degree program,” said Doug Goodwin, Campus Director at Sanford-Brown College – Collinsville.  “The addition of this program represents a significant investment in medical laboratory technology to give students the opportunity to learn on professional equipment.”

About Sanford-Brown College - Collinsville:
Sanford-Brown College - Collinsville (SBC) originally opened in Granite City, IL and then moved to Collinsville in 2004. Located in the heart of St. Louis Metro East, SBC - Collinsville is located just 15 minutes from downtown St. Louis. SBC offers degree and non-degree programs that are developed and refined based upon input from employers, graduates, faculty and students.   The curriculum at SBC is designed to help students gain the specific skills and knowledge that employers are seeking.  Associate of Applied Science degrees are offered in Business Administration (with a focus in both Accounting and Business Management), Medical Billing and Coding and Medical Massage Therapy.  Diplomas are offered in Medical Billing and Coding, Medical Assistant and Massage Therapy. SBC is institutionally accredited (accredited in total) by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), a national accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education (DOE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).   SBC - Collinsville does not guarantee employment or salary.  SBC - Collinsville is part of the Career Education Corporation network of schools (NASDAQ: CECO). For more information, please go to www.sanfordbrown.edu/collinsville.

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