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The Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) and Phlebotomy programs at Northark will host an open house on Thursday, April 28th from 10-1 p.m. in the new Allied Health Addition, Room A110 on the South Campus. Activities will include Blood Typing, Blood Sugar Tests and Hematocrits screening.
Everyone who is interested is invited to attend, enjoy refreshments, and meet the instructor and students. Two representatives from the laboratory at NARMC will be present to talk about their experiences in the lab. Microscopes will be set up for viewing so everyone can see what the professionals look at to conduct testing.
If you can guess the number of jelly beans in a jar correctly, you will win an Ipod nano and a duffle bag of goodies.
*Published in the April issue of LabMedicine.
April 24-30, 2011, is National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week (NMLPW), which recognizes the work of the medical laboratory scientists who perform the tests that influence more than 70 percent of the medical decisions doctors make. A recent survey shows that most Americans know that laboratory tests are important and nearly two-thirds expect their lab results within a day or less for some tests. A growing demand for medical tests and a shortage of medical laboratory professionals, however, may make it difficult to meet demand in the future. *According to the American Society for Clinical Pathology’s 2011 Vacancy Survey of U.S. Clinical Laboratories, blood banking and transfusion medicine laboratories are experiencing the highest overall vacancy rate at more than 11 percent. Histology departments also struggle with staffing, with a reported vacancy of almost 10 percent.