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Medical Laboratory Technician

Use your laboratory skills to help diagnose and treat patients in the healthcare industry.

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What is a Medical Laboratory Technician?

As a medical laboratory technician you will work under the supervision of a registered clinical scientist or pathologist. Medical laboratory technicians collect specimens from patients and perform laboratory tests; laboratory results currently contribute 70-80% of the diagnostic information used by healthcare providers for diagnosis and treatment of disease. You will be trained in both the theory and practice of clinical laboratory procedures and learn to collect specimens from patients and perform laboratory testing in all areas of the clinical laboratory, including immunohematology, chemistry, microbiology, serology, hematology and urinalysis.

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 Are My Degree, Diploma, or Certificate Options?

Required General Education & Support Courses
Course Credit Hours
ENG 101 - Writing I 3

MAT 110 - Applied Math* OR

Higher Quantitative Reasoning Course*

3

(3)

COM 252 - Interpersonal Communication OR

COM 181 - Basic Public Speaking

3

3

CIT 105 - Introduction to Computers OR 

OST 105 - Introduction to Information Systems

3

(3)

Heritage/Humanities/Foreign Language 3

CHE 140 - Introductory General Chemistry* OR

Higher Chemistry Course*

3

(3)

BIO 135 - Basic Anatomy & Physiology* OR

BIO 137 - Human Anatomy & Physiology I* and BIO 139 - Human Anatomy & Physiology II*

4

(4) and (4)

PSY 110 - General Psychology 3

*Completion strongly recommended prior to admission.

Required Core Courses
Course Credit Hours
PHB 170 - Applied Phlebotomy 3

PHB 152 - Phlebotomy Clinical Experience

PHB 155 - Phlebotomy Clinical

1

2

MLT 112 - Urinalysis 2
MLT 115 - Serology 2
MLT 207 - Intro to Clinical Diagnostic Microbiology 2
MLT 208 - Clinical Diagnostic Microbiology I 3
MLT 209 - Clinical Diagnostic Microbiology II 2
MLT 217 - Fundamentals of Hematology 3
MLT 218 - Clinical Hematology 4
MLT 227 - Immunohematology 4
MLT 247 - Introduction to Clinical Chemistry 3
MLT 248 - Advanced Clinical Chemistry 3
MLT 278 - Practicum I 5
MLT 279 - Practicum II 5

Total Credits: 68-69

  1. Perform laboratory tests in all areas of the clinical laboratory.
  2. Maintain laboratory materials and equipment.
  3. Prevent and detect technical errors.
  4. Solve problems as they occur in the clinical laboratory.
  5. Carry out an established quality assurance program.
  6. Demonstrate professionalism.
  7. Follow established clinical laboratory safety guidelines.
  8. Demonstrate responsibility for his / her own behavior and dependability towards required duties.
  9. Follow all institutional policies.
  10. Apply the principles of medical ethics.
  11. Demonstrate a satisfactory working relationship with peers and clinical instructors.
  12. Exhibit enthusiasm and initiative towards all subject areas
  13. Recognize his or her own limitations and seek help when necessary.

Unique Requirements for Admission

Acceptance into the Associate Degree Medical Laboratory Technician program is based on a selective admissions process. Requirements include:

  • application for admission to Ƶ;
  • official transcript from each Ƶ or university previously attended;
  • official high school transcript verifying graduation or official passing GED scores;
  • attendance at one Pre-Admission Conference per admission cycle;
  • successful completion of MAT 110, equivalent or higher quantitative reasoning course with a grade of "C" or higher;
  • GPA of 2.00 or better in all Ƶ coursework (not just one class);
  • all Ƶ and program admission requirements on file by April 1st of each year for consideration of admission in the fall semester;
  • documentation of computer literacy as defined by KCTCS.

Selective Admissions Point Sheet

If you would like to obtain a copy of the MLT Program Handbook, please contact Michelle Thoroughman, the Program Coordinator.

Pre-Admission Conferences

Attendance at one conference (per admission cycle) is MANDATORY in order to be considered for admission to the Medical Laboratory Technician Program beginning August 2024. Pre-registration is NOT required.

Thursday January 25, 2024
1:30-2:30 p.m. 

Wednesday February 7, 2024
3:30-4:30 p.m.

Thursday, February 29, 2024
4-5 p.m.

Tuesday March 12
2-3 p.m.

Monday March 25
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

All conferences will be held in room S-304 on the Ƶ campus. Deadline for applications is April 1st. Please email coordinator Michelle Thoroughman, michelle.thoroughman@kctcs.edu for more information.

Accreditation

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

NAACLS
5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119
847-939-3597

Program Statistics 2021-2023*:

 
Statistic 2021 2022 2023
Number of Graduates 7 6 5
Graduation Rate
(based upon 3rd semester)
100% 100% 100%
Exam Pass Rate 3/6 = 50% 6/6 = 100%  2/3 = 66%
Placement Rate (within 1 year) 100% 100% 100%

*Data may be incomplete.

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Program Contact

Michelle Thoroughman, MS, MLS (ASCP)

Medical Laboratory Technician

Program Coordinator

(606) 759-7141 ext. 66277

michelle.thoroughman@kctcs.edu