The Medical Laboratory Technology program provides education and training for students to become Medical Laboratory Technicians (MLTs). MLTs perform a variety of laboratory tests in blood banking, chemistry, hematology, immunology, microbiology and urinalysis.
The two-year Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) Program is nationally accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). In addition to offering a general studies and a laboratory based general science curriculum, the program is also designed to provide students with 43 credit hours of required MLT lecture and laboratory courses, which are integrated with a hospital or clinic based practicum experience. A current list of clinical agencies affiliated with the program can be obtained from the MLT Clinical Education Coordinator. Please note that students must pass a criminal background clearance, meet health requirements and essential functions, and provide their own transportation to assigned clinical sites.
CURRENT FULL-TIME PROGRAM FACULTY
Sherri Craddock (2017) Assistant Professor, Erika Rush (2018) Assistant Professor, Michael Waide (2012) Associate Professor, and Melissa White (2013) Assistant Professor
Upon successful completion of the A.A.S. degree in Medical Laboratory Technology, graduates will be able to do the following:
- Demonstrate knowledge of and competence in performing test methodologies and assume responsibility to safely perform modern clinical laboratory tasks expected of an entry level MLT/CLT
- Differentiate between normal and abnormal laboratory test results and correlate laboratory findings to common disease processes and assay variability
- Communicate verbally and nonverbally with the patient, physicians, health care delivery personnel and peer in an effective, appropriate and capable manner
- Demonstrate professional behavior that reflects appropriate responsibility and professional standards that are legal, confidential, ethical and safe.
Graduates of the MLT program are eligible and encouraged to take a national certification exam; becoming a nationally certified MLT will greatly enhance a graduate’s marketability. MLT program graduates may work in a variety of settings. They are employed by hospitals, clinics, physician office laboratories, reference laboratories, pharmaceutical companies, research laboratories, veterinary laboratories, public health facilities, and business and industry. The A.A.S. degree in Medical Laboratory Technology is quite versatile. Graduates of the program may choose to continue their education and earn a Baccalaureate degree in Allied Health Administration, Biology, or even Business. Some graduates choose to become a Medical Technologist, which requires a Baccalaureate degree and having two years of clinical laboratory experience or graduating from a NAACLS accredited program in Medical Technology.
Granting of the degree is not contingent upon passing an external certification or licensure examination. Passing an external exam is not required for graduation from the MLT program.
Graduates may also continue in higher education earning a Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degree in Medical Technology, Allied Health, Education or a related field. Some graduates even pursue medical school or doctoral studies.
Medical Laboratory Technicians work in a variety of settings. They are employed by hospitals, physician office laboratories, reference laboratories, pharmaceutical companies, research laboratories, veterinary laboratories, clinics, public health facilities, and business and industry. In their 2013 wage survey, the American Society for Clinical Pathology, (ASCP) found that the average annual salary for medical laboratory technicians in the United States ranged from 42,619 (20.49 per hour) for staff to 47,008 (22.60 per hour) for supervisors.
There is a national shortage of well trained and qualified laboratory professionals. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts there will be a 30% growth rate in jobs for Medical Laboratory Technicians and from 2012-2022, 47,900 job openings due to growth and replacement needs in the field.
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To be considered for admission to the MLT program, the applicant must:
- Be enrolled and meet the general admission requirements of Pierpont Community & Technology College.
- Students must be able to meet the essential functions of the program and classes, with or without accommodations.
- Have successfully completed courses in Biology, Chemistry and Algebra in high school or college.
- Have a high school GPA and, if applicable, a college GPA of 2.0 or better.
- Students must meet or exceed WVHEPC Series 21 minimum test scores for English and Math to be eligible for admission to this program. Students must meet or exceed WVHEPC Series 21 minimum test scores are eligible for admission into traditional 3-credit/3-contact hour Math and English courses.
- Meet the prerequisites for CHEM 1101. PR: meet or exceed WVHEPC Series 21 minimum test scores fro Math.
- Submit an application for admission designating Associate degree, Medical Laboratory Technology as a major field of study; official ACT or SAT scores; High School Equivalency Exam or high school transcripts; and any college transcripts to the Registrar’s Office by January 31 to be considered for the following academic year. Applications will only be considered after the deadline if space remains available.
An impartial scoring system based on the required academic coursework is employed to rank the MLT applicants. Applicants who are not admitted to the program must reapply if they wish to be considered for acceptance the following academic year.
To remain in and graduate from the MLT program, a student must earn a “C” grade or above in every required class in the MLT curriculum and maintain an overall cumulative GPA of 2.0. Any classes accepted as substitutes for curricular classes also require a grade of “C” or above. Failure to meet any of these requirements will result in dismissal from the program. Students who have been dismissed may reapply to the program and their credentials will be reevaluated.
Graduation is not contingent upon passing a national certification exam.
National Accreditation Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
5600 N. River Road, Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119
ENGL 1104 Prerequisite(s): 18 or higher on the English portion of ACT; 450 or higher on Critical Reading of SAT; A scaled score of 38 or higher on Writing Skills Set of ASSET; 88 or higher on Sentence Skills of ACCUPLACER. Students falling below the listed scores will be required to take a four(4) credit hour ENGL 1104 and are not eligible for admission.
CHEM 1101 Prerequisites: ACT math score of 19; or SAT Math score of 460
ENGL 1108 may be substituted for ENGL 1109.
For students not intending to pursue an MT certification or bachelor's degree in a science-based field:
MATH 1207 or higher may be substituted for MTH 1200.
CHEM 1105 may be substituted for CHEM 1101.
(Student's choosing this option will complete the program with 72 CHS instead of 73 CHS).
Students not intending to go on for MT certification or a bachelor's degree in a science-based field may substitute the following courses: CHEM 1101 for CHEM 1105 and Students may complete either MATH 1100, 1107, 1112 or higher.
ENGL 1108 may be substituted for ENGL 1109. ENGL 1108 & 1109 Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1104.
Credit for this semester will be 15-16 depending on the practicum.