50 Must-See YouTube Videos to Learn About Becoming a Medical Lab Technician

If you aren’t sure whether or not you want to become a clinical or medical lab technician, take a look at some YouTube videos to learn more about this career choice. Medical laboratory personnel examine and analyze body fluids, and cells and they look for bacteria, parasites, and other microorganisms. They may analyze the chemical content of fluids, match blood for transfusions and test for drug levels in the blood that show how a patient is responding to treatment. This list of 50 must-see videos cover the gamut from general job descriptions to specific job skills.

General Medical Lab Descriptions

World Malaria Day

  1. A Morning in the Lab: A morning in the lab doing braincutting and path coding for a research project. Many scientists, medical fellows and techs present.
  2. How to Become a Medical Lab Technician — Health Careers: Health Care Schools provides a introduction to becoming an MLT, including salary information in the video description.
  3. Lab Professionals Week 2011 — North Platte, Nebraska: A news clip that promotes MLT week and that focuses on the job skills required for this position.
  4. Laboratory Technician: A day in the life of an MLT.
  5. Life & Times of a Clinical Laboratory Scientist: This video reduces a shift of a clinical laboratory scientist down to less than two minutes.
  6. Medical Lab Worker: Reporter Mark Johnson talks about the importance of lab workers and what they do for your health’s diagnosis and treatment.
  7. Medical Laboratory Technician: This video is an introduction to the field of laboratory science.
  8. Medical Laboratory Technician: This introduction to becoming an MLT comes with a job description and skills needed in the description for the video.
  9. Medical Laboratory Technician: This video, provided by My Career Match, describes the job and skills required for an MLT position.
  10. Medical Laboratory Technician: Another introduction to the MTL career. Describes job skills required.
  11. Medical Laboratory Technicians: Learn more about how lab technicians work within a hospital setting.
  12. Medical Lab Technician Careers Overview: Watch this video to learn about the day to day working life of a medical lab technician.
  13. Medical Technologist: A job description that emphasizes skills required to work in a medical laboratory and education required.


HAZMAT Technicians

  1. CMC-Union Lab Technician: Candi Lewis is a Laboratory Technician at Carolinas Medical Center-Union who doesn’t allow her hearing disability to affect her job performance.
  2. Dr. Tamar Sella Discusses Breast Cancer: Ariela Tur-Sinai, a laboratory technician at Hadassah Ein Kerem, tells how early detection of breast cancer saved her life.
  3. Just the Job — A career as a Medical Laboratory Scientist: This video was recorded at LabPlus at Auckland hospital in New Zealand, and presents MLS as a career option in the health industry in New Zealand.
  4. Medical Lab Technician — Career Conversation: This video features a question and answer with Teri Stevens, Medical Medical Lab Technician, Mid Dakota Clinic, Bismarck, North Dakota.
  5. Laboratory Services at Intermountain Healthcare: Learn more about Laboratory professionals and the critical work they perform behind the scenes at this hospital.
  6. Laboratory Technicians care for patients behind the scenes: Behind the scenes, Hospital Corpsman Laboratory Technicians serve the community by providing accurate and timely results to medical providers, ensuring the highest quality of care for beneficiaries.
  7. Life in the Lab — AHEC South Arkansas: Listen to Lorraine Frierson, Clinical Lab Manager at AHEC South Arkansas, talk about the life of a Medical Lab Technician.
  8. Medical Lab Technician (VT): A Medical Lab Technician discusses his career field in the Air Guard.
  9. Medical Laboratory Technologist: An MLT talks about his entry into the profession and what a day in his life is like.
  10. Medical Scientist Career Information : Medical Scientists Hardest Day: Dr. James Crowe talks about his hardest day doing animal experiments. Dr. James Crowe is a viral immunologist and pediatric infectious disease specialist at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.
  11. My World A Medical Laboratory Professional: Inside look after a laboratory sample is collected and processed within the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Clinical Chemistry Division of Cedars – Sinai Medical Center.
  12. Nechama Singer Shares her Maimonides Story: Nechama has been at Maimonides for the last 51 years, working as a lab technician, a research assistant and a translator.
  13. Occupational Video – Medical Laboratory Technologist: A recruitment video that includes an interview with a woman who decided to enter this field at age 11 after learning about a friend with cancer.
  14. Pamela Mooney, Lab Technician: Pamela Mooney talks about her work as a virology lab technician with Bioreliance in Stirling.
  15. The role of a clinical technologist: A clinical technologist sheds light on her job and responsibilities during radiotherapy treatment.
  16. Working in Iowa hospitals: Medical Lab Tech: An interview with Kathy Bucher, a Medical Laboratory Technician at Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic, Iowa.

Instructional and Entertaining Videos

Blood Tests

  1. Careers after Biological Sciences — James: Dr. James Lonnen is the Commercial Laboratory Director in the Department of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation at the University of Leicester.
  2. CLS – Clinical Laboratory Science: An industrial video that was thrown together on the fly. “It’s rough, it’s dirty, it’s filled with inside lab humor and loosely based on CSI.”
  3. Help with Histology: How to approach histology for human anatomy students.
  4. Human Physiology : What Is Microbiology? Learn about microbiology, bacteria and disease with information from a science teacher in this free video on physiology and the human body.
  5. Intro To Phlebotomy 101: The Medical profession relies heavily on those who work behind the scenes and that includes medical lab technicians.
  6. Introduction to Microbiology Culture Techniques: Nicole Gentile, PhD Candidate, provides an overview of basic microbiology and the concepts involved, including the bacterial growth curve and classifying organisms based on morphologies.
  7. Levine Enterotube Lecture: The Enterotube II is a series of tests made by Becton-Dickinson and Company for the identification of the enteric family (Enterobacteriaceae) of eubacteria.
  8. Shotgun Histology Introduction: An introduction to this methodology in an interactive video.
  9. Trojan 3000 Class II Type B1 Biological Safety Cabinet: A film created for a safe practices and professional behavior class project.
  10. Urinalysis: Clinitek Status: Principle and procedure for the Clinitek Status.
  11. Using Science to Fight Crime: Technicians from a UK Forensic Services Unit attended a week-long event designed to inform school students about employment opportunities and careers in science.
  12. What is Hematology? Learn more about the types of diseases that hematologists study and treat, as well as the importance of having a hematologist as part of your health-care team.

Specific Laboratory Skills


  1. Chemistry Career Profile – Director of Medicinal Chemistry (GSK): From drug discovery and water treatment to making hair dyes and chocolate, a degree in the chemical sciences can lead to a huge range of career options.
  2. Exciting careers in Health care: Allied Health careers are varied and each specialization is an exciting field by itself.
  3. Forensic Science Technicians CareerSearch.com: This video explains the skills required for a lab technician who goes into forensics.
  4. How to Get Medical Jobs : How to Become a Chemist: Most chemists need either a masters in chemistry or a doctorate degree to be marketable in the chemist job market.
  5. Medical Careers: How Much Do Surgical Physicians Assistants Make? Assist a surgeon during a surgery as a surgical technician with information from a family doctor in this video about medical careers.
  6. Phelobotomist: A student takes blood for the first time for a creatinine test.
  7. Phlebotomy Technician: Phlebotomy Technician (phlebotomist) is an integral member of the medical laboratory team whose primary function is the collection of blood samples from patients by venipuncture or microtechniques.
  8. Veterinary Technologists and Technicians — Career Profile: Learn about how to perform medical tests in a laboratory environment for use in the treatment and diagnosis of diseases in animals.
  9. Why Choose Hematology? Hear hematologists in both research and practice talk about the challenges and rewards of pursuing a career in hematology.

Posted on 25 September '11 by , under Career Resources.