Medical Laboratory Technician


Lab coats, microscopes and YOU!

If you like laboratory testing, this program is for you. It leads to jobs in healthcare or research in all kinds of fields. You must be accurate, dedicated, skilled and self-motivated.


How do students learn what to do?

Collect patient samples and conduct tests in blood banking, chemistry, hematology, microbiology, serology and urinalysis. They learn lab theory and lab practice and use these skills to help doctors analyze diseases.


What certificates or degrees can you get?

Upon successful completion of the program, a student is awarded an Associate of Applied Science degree in Medical Laboratory Technology. Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College maintains accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). In addition, the Medical Laboratory Technician Program is fully accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). Address and telephone number of NAACLS are given below:

students working in lab setting
5600 N. River Road, Suite 720
Rosemont, Illinois 60018-5119
Phone: 847-939-3597
Fax: 773-714-8886

All program graduates are eligible to take the national board exam, called the Board of Certification of the American Society of Clinical Pathology, after having met their academic and laboratory educational requirements. Once you've passed, you may use the initials "MLT (ASCP)" after your name to show you're proficient in laboratory medicine. The issuing of the Associate of Applied Science degree is NOT contingent upon students passing this examination or any other certification or licensing examination as a graduation requirement.


What do you do with certificate or degree?

MLTs work in hospitals, clinics, doctor s offices, research facilities, public health centers, veterinary offices, colleges, industry and the Armed Forces. Graduates may transfer their credits towards a bachelor s degree in:

  • Medical Technology
  • Environmental Science
  • Forensic Medicine
  • Genetics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Pre-Med

Medical Laboratory Technician program brochure