What is a Medical Laboratory Technician?
Henderson Community College's 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. In addition:
- MLT students learn to collect specimens from the patient and perform laboratory tests in all areas of the clinical laboratory including immunohematology, clinical chemistry, hematology, microbiology, serology and urinalysis. Laboratory tests are critical to the diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up of disease processes.
- students enrolled in the MLT program must achieve a minimum grade of C in each of the medical laboratory technician courses to progress in the program.
- upon completion of the program, the graduate is eligible to take the national certification examination as a medical laboratory technician to be MLT(ASCP).
- KCTCS Certificates are available in Phlebotomy and Physicians Office Laboratory and can be earned in the first and second semesters of the program.
- potential students must have an aptitude for science and also possess the desire to serve others and demonstrate the highest degree of integrity, honesty, confidentiality, and responsibility.
- graduates can be employed in a variety of settings including 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).
What are my career choices?
Medical laboratory technicians can work in a variety of settings including: hospitals, physicians offices, clinical laboratories, industry, research, public health laboratories, and forensic and pharmaceutical laboratories.
What certificates or degrees can I get?
- Phlebotomy for the Health Care Worker
- Physicians Office Laboratory
- Associate in Applied Science
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 91%. The graduation rate for students entering the second year of this program is 90% (attrition rate 10%). The graduate job placement rate in a related field for the past three years is 100% (data from fall 2016 through spring 2019).
- MLT Degree 2017--Current Curriculum (rev. 2020) (XLS)
- MLT Certificates 2016--Current Curriculum (rev. 2020) (XLS)
Older Curricula (Not Currently in Use)
- MLT Student Orientation Handbook (rev. 1/2020) (pdf)
- MLT Student Clinical Handbook (rev. 1/2020) (pdf)
How many hours are classroom/online sessions?
Associate in Applied Science:
Medical Laboratory Technician: 46-49 out of the 64 *required credit hours are classroom instruction. The remaining 18-19 general education credits can be completed online.
- Phlebotomy for the Health Care Worker: 4-5 of the *required 4-5 credit hours are classroom instruction.
- Physicians Office Laboratory: 8-9 of the *required 8-9 credit hours are classroom instruction.
*does not include <100 level credit hour courses
This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.
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 60018-5119
Web Page: http://www.naacls.org