Medical Lab Technician students

Medical Laboratory Technician

Salary and employment information

Program Contacts

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Medical Laboratory Technician Advising Planner
Program Information
Program Brochure

Tracy Eldridge MS, MLS (ASCP)cm
MLT Program Director
(606) 248-2090
teldridge0031@kctcs.edu

Ashley Patrick, MLT (ASCP)cm
Adjunct Faculty
(606) 248-2143
apatrick0071@kctcs.edu

Mike Good, MS, RRT
Allied Health Division Chair
(606) 248-2122
mike.good@kctcs.edu

Location

Pineville Campus
10350 US HWY 25-E
Pineville, KY 40977

Program Details

Student in classThe Medical Laboratory Technician program at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College prepares graduates to work in a clinical laboratory within a hospital, health care facility or in an industrial laboratory. Students collect patient specimens and perform complex tests in such areas as blood banking, clinical chemistry, hematology, microbiology, serology, and urinalysis.

Program Competencies

Clinical affiliates

Mission Statement

The Medical Laboratory Technician Program at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College is committed to improving the quality of life and employability of the citizens of southeast Kentucky by training dedicated professionals to enter the workforce in the field of Medical laboratory science.

 

Certification

Upon satisfactory completion of the program, a student is awarded an Associate in Applied Science degree as a Medical Laboratory Technician. Graduates are eligible to sit for the national board certification exam. The most nationally known and accepted certifying agency is the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP). 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.  Students are also eligible to earn a certificate in Phlebotomy for the Healthcare Worker upon completion of the required courses and the Physician office laboratory certificate.

Program Outcomes: MLT Pass Rate-Employment Rate

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Employment Opportunities

According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 2016 census, there will be a 13% increase in employment from 2016 to 2026 to meet the needs of a growing and aging American population. Currently, there are about 335,700 technologists and technicians in the laboratory workforce, but nearly 50% are 46 to 66 years old and will probably retire by 2018. The national average income for clinical/medical laboratory technicians was $38,950 per year in 2016. There are no significant differences in wages in rural vs. metropolitan areas.

Program Accreditation

The Medical Laboratory Technician Program is fully accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).

NAACLS

5600 N. River Road, Suite 720
Rosemont, Illinois, 60018-5119
Phone: 847-939-3597 or 773-714-8880
Fax: 773-714-8886
Email: info@naacls.org or visit http://www.naacls.org

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The following materials must be submitted to the Admissions/Records office by March 1st

  • Application for admission to SKCTC
  • Official high school transcript or a passing GED official score report                                                   
  • Transcripts of all post-secondary education or training 
  • Results of the ACT examination report                        
  • Attending a pre-admission conference

Apply to Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College

All students planning to apply to the SKCTC MLT Program must attend a pre-admission conference. Pre-Admission Conference Dates

  • Admissions Criteria

    Application for admission to the college
    High school transcript or G.E.D. official score report
    Transcripts of all post-secondary education
    Completed Consideration for Admission form
    ACT scores

Preference may be given to applicants with

  • Applicants with an ACT composite score of 19 or above.
  • Applicants who possess an Associates or Bachelor s degree in a related science field.
  • Applicants who rank in the upper half of their graduating class or have an average score of 50 or above on the GED.
  • Those who have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better in 12 or more credit hours of college work, including at least one science course.
  • Successful completion of Phlebotomy for Healthcare Worker and Physician’s Office Laboratory Certificate
  • Successful completion of general education requirements


Transfer

Students wishing to transfer from one Medical Laboratory Technician program to another will be considered on an individual basis. Admission will be dependent upon available resources at the community college. Students must meet all program admission requirements set by the college to which transfer is sought

 

Additional Criteria

Upon admittance the student must submit the following materials prior to beginning clinical experiences:

  • Results of the Color Blindness Test
  • Evidence of receiving Hepatitis B vaccination; or evidence of being in the process of receiving the Hepatitis B vaccine series; or a signed declination form if student chooses not to receive the Hepatitis B vaccination
  • TB skin test
  • Immunization Records
  • Criminal background check
  • Drug Screening

 

Essential Functions

The Medical Laboratory Technician specializes in the application of scientific knowledge and theory in the skillful performance of medical laboratory functions. Therefore, all applicants should possess:

  • Sufficient visual acuity and color perception, such as is needed to perform microscopic examinations, to distinguish color reactions, and to detect antigen-antibody reactions
  • Sufficient gross and fine motor coordination to efficiently implement the skills required in performing laboratory functions, including collection of specimens and manipulation of laboratory equipment, such as glassware and electronic instruments
  • Sufficient communication skills (verbal, non-verbal and written) to interact effectively with individuals
  • Sufficient intellectual, emotional, and physical functions to plan and implement laboratory duties in a responsible manner

 

Transfer Opportunities

The MLT program at SKCTC has partnered with the Medical Laboratory Science Department at the University of Kentucky to help graduate students further their career and obtain a bachelor’s of Medical Laboratory Science degree. 

Click here for more information about the online MLT to MLS program transfer option.  https://www.uky.edu/chs/mlt-mls

 

MLT to MLS transfer pathway advisor