Medical Laboratory Technician

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What is a Medical Laboratory Technician?

The 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.

Students are eligible to earn a certificate in Phlebotomy for the Healthcare Worker upon completion of the required courses. Graduates are also prepared to take the Board of Certification exam as a Medical Laboratory Technician.

The students enrolled in the MLT Program for an Associate in Applied Science Degree are eligible for the certificate as well as the degree. Students do not have to be admitted to the MLT program to complete the certificate. There will be a limited number of spaces in the courses for the certificate due to available laboratory space.

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

Program Outcomes: MLT Pass Rate-Employment Rate

What are my career choices?

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.

What certificates or degrees can I get?

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Certificate

Phlebotomy for the Healthcare Worker (5 credit hours)

MLT 101 Introduction to the Clinical Laboratory........................(3)

PHB 151 Phlebotomy…………………..................................................... (1)

PHB 152 Phlebotomy: Clinical Experience..................................... (1)

 

Physician's Office Laboratory (9 credit hours)

MLT 101 Introduction to the Clinical Laboratory........................(3)

PHB 151 Phlebotomy…………………..................................................... (1)

PHB 152 Phlebotomy: Clinical Experience..................................... (1)

MLT 112 Urinalysis....................................................................................(2)

MLT 115 Serology.......................................................................................(2)

 

AAS Degree

Medical Laboratory Technician (68 credit hours)

 

MLT Program Brochure

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 Accreditation

The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) accredits the Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College Medical Laboratory Technician Program. Address : 5600 N. River Road, Rosemont, IL  60018-5119, (773) 714-8880

Additional Information

Preference may be given to applicants with

  • Applicants with an ACT composite score of 19 or above.
  • Applicants who possess an Associates or Bachelors 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

Program Contact

Tracy Eldridge MS, MLS (ASCP)cm
Medical Laboratory Scientist
MLT Program Director
606.248.2090
teldridge0031@kctcs.edu

Jessica Heck, BS, MLT (ASCP)cm
Medical Laboratory Technician
Adjunct Faculty
606.248.2143
jheck0005@kctcs.edu