The philosophy of the Medical Laboratory Technician program embraces the concept that all people have dignity and worth. Each individual should be afforded the opportunity to achieve goals in the vocation of his/her choice. The program is designed to serve the needs of those who wish to enter the field of clinical laboratory science on the technician level. Training is open to all adults 17 years of age or older (including handicapped, disadvantaged, or unemployed) who meet the requirements of the program and those specified by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences. The code of medical ethics as prescribed by the American Medical Association, American Society of Clinical Pathologists, and American Society of Medical Technologists is adhered to during all phases of instruction.
The mission of the MLT program is to prepare the student at entry-level competency for gainful employment as a medical laboratory technician. Integral to this purpose is assisting students in the development of the technical skills and knowledge necessary to perform in the clinical laboratory.
Associate in Applied Science in Medical Laboratory Technician (Program specific)
Upon completion of the Medical Laboratory Technician Program, the graduate should be able to:
The Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) program provides students with the opportunity to acquire the necessary skills to work under the supervision of a registered clinical scientist or pathologist in a clinical laboratory, hospital, or other health agency. It is a 2-year Associate in Applied Sciences degree program.
The MLT student learns to collect specimens from the patient and perform laboratory tests in all areas of the clinical laboratory to include immunohematology, clinical chemistry, hematology, microbiology, serology and urinalysis.
Students enrolled in the MLT program must achieve a minimum grade of “C” in each of the clinical laboratory technician courses to progress in the program.
Upon completion of the program, the graduate is eligible for the national certification examination as a medical laboratory technician to be MLT(ASCP).
KCTCS Certificates are available in Physicians Office Laboratory and Phlebotomy and can be earned in the first and second semesters of the program.
Medical Laboratory Technicians are an essential part of the health care team. They perform tests critical to the diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up of disease processes. If you like laboratory testing, this program is for you. It leads to jobs in health care or research in all kinds of fields. You must be accurate, dedicated, skilled, and self-motivated.
You collect patient samples and conduct tests in blood banking, chemistry, hematology, microbiology, serology, and urinalysis. You learn lab theory and lab practice and use these skills to help doctors analyze diseases. Check the academic plan for more information.
MLT requires an aptitude for science and mathematics. The potential student must also possess the desire to serve others and demonstrate the highest degree of integrity, honesty, confidentiality, and responsibility.
The pass rate on the national MLT(ASCP) certification exam, which all graduates of the MLT program at Henderson Community College are eligible to take, for the past three years is 89%. The graduation rate for students entering the second year of this program is 100% for the past three years. The graduate placement rate in a related field for the past three years is 90% (data from fall 2011 through spring 2015).
MLTs work in hospitals, clinics, doctors' offices, research facilities, public health centers, veterinary offices, colleges, industry, and the armed forces. Graduates may transfer their credits toward a bachelor’s degree in Medical Technology (Clinical Laboratory Sciences).
Websites of interest:
MLT Education Portal
Check salary.com to learn more about salaries in this field of study.
The Associate in Applied Sciences at Henderson Community College’s MLT Program is accredited by:
National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018
Web Page: http://www.naacls.org
A phlebotomy certificate can be obtained either through the MLT program, the Medical Assisting program, or independently. This certificate provides a student with the basic skills and practice to be able to perform phlebotomy. The certificate can be obtained through completion of MLT 101, PHB 151 and PHB 152 for those interested in MLT or a student can take MAI 120 and PHB 152 if interested in the Medical Assisting program. A student can also obtain a certificate by completing PHB 170 and PHB 152. With any of these plans, the phlebotomy certificate can be earned in one semester. Job opportunities are available in hospitals, doctors' office laboratories, and private medical labs.
Phlebotomy Program Brochure
The certificates are KCTCS certificates and are not accredited by NAACLS.