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Medical Lab Technician

PINWhat is a medical lab technician?

This program prepares students to become a medical laboratory professional who is qualified by academic and applied science education to provide service and research in medical laboratory science and related areas in rapidly changing and dynamic healthcare systems. The Medical Laboratory Technician will perform tests to analyze body fluids, tissue, and other substances in the following core areas:  immunohematology (blood banking), microbiology, hematology, chemistry, urinalysis, and immunology.

The next MLT class will begin fall semester 2017.

CalculatorWhere could I work? What will it pay?

A few examples of workplaces in your local area:

  • Hospitals
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Forensic laboratories
  • Medical research laboratories
  • Industry
  • Pharmaceutical laboratories
  • Lab equipment sales and services
  • Colleges and universities. 

The range of wages for medical lab technicians is as follows:

  • The national wage range for medical lab technicians is $25,500 - $59,750.
  • The regional wage range for medical lab technicians is $26,450 - $53,150.
  • The national wage range for a certified phlebotomist is $22,150 - $43,800.
  • The regional wage range for a certified phlebotomist is $20,440 - $38,310. 

ClockHow long will this program take?

It will take a minimum of 4 semesters to get an associate degree as a medical laboratory technician. The program length is four semesters after students are admitted into the program.  Students must complete a minimum of one semester at WKCTC prior to entering the program including passing the following pre-requisites with a “C” or above:  BIO 135 Basic Anatomy/Physiology w/lab (BIO 137 & 139 may be substituted for BIO 135), CHE 130 Introductory General and Biological Chemistry or higher, MAT 110 Applied Mathematics or higher, PHB 170 Applied Phlebotomy & PHB 152 Phlebotomy: Clinical Experience.

For length of time to get a diploma or certificate AND for a complete list of required courses:
click on "What credentials are available?" to access specific academic plans.

BookWhat credentials are available? (Associate Degree, Diploma, or Certificate)

Associate Degree in Applied Science

Associate Degree — Medical Laboratory Technician | Download the academic plan

An associate degree is an undergraduate academic degree awarded upon completion of a course of study usually lasting two years.


There are no certificates available for this program.

Diploma programs are usually short-term and less comprehensive than associate's degree programs. WKCTC offers diploma programs as educational opportunities for students who aren't pursuing full-time degrees. Diploma programs usually consist of several courses in a specific subject area or skill and can lead you toward entry-level employment in a professional field.

G.E.D.I. (Gainful Employment Disclosure Information) refers to an employment situation where the employee receives consistent work and payment from the employer.


Phlebotomy for the Health Care Worker | Download the Academic Plan
Physician's Office Laboratory | Download the Academic Plan

A certificate is earned by a student after taking a series of courses in a particular subject. Students often earn certificates to get a step ahead in the professional field of their interest, and certificates may be offered in similar programs leading to degrees.

Question:  Are there any pre-requisites required to enroll into the phlebotomy classes and receive a phlebotomy certification?

Answer:  For the PHB certification, there are no pre-requisites required and you will need to take the PHB 170 course offered through WKCTC and then the PHB 152 course, which is the clinical rotation, to be eligible for a Phlebotomy certificate from WKCTC.  The phlebotomy classes are offered only in fall and spring semesters.  The PHB 170 classes are split classes and are offered on:

Mondays 8:00am - 11:45am and Wednesdays 8:00am-11:45am (this is one class and requires your attendance on both days per week)

Mondays 3:30pm - 6:15pm and Fridays 12:30pm-3:15pm (this is a split class and requires your attendance on both days per week)

Mondays 3:30pm - 6:15pm and Fridays 3:30pm-6:15pm (this is one class and requires your attendance on both days per week)

Once you are enrolled in the PHB 170 class, then you will need to be enrolled in the corresponding PHB 152 clinical rotation class that immediately follows the PHB 170 lecture class.  If you are not a current WKCTC student, please fill out an application for admission to get the process started.

The PHB 170 classes are either 8 weeks or 11 weeks depending on which class you enroll in. The PHB 170 class that meets Mondays 8:00-11:45am and on Wednesdays 8:00am-11:45am is an accelerated class that only lasts 8 weeks. The other two PHB 170 classes are 11 week classes.

ChartHow do I apply for this program?

The admission application deadline is May 1 for admission to the Fall 2017 semester.

1. Attend a pre-admission conference.

All Medical Laboratory Technician pre-admission conferences will be held in the WKCTC Allied Health Building in Room E208 at 4:00 p.m.

For Fall 2017 Admission:

  • Wednesday, August 31, 2016
  • Wednesday, September 28, 2016
  • Wednesday, October 26, 2016
  • Wednesday, January 18, 2017
  • Wednesday, February 15, 2017
  • Wednesday, March 15, 2017
  • Wednesday, April 12, 2017

2. Apply for admission to West Kentucky Community & Technical College if not currently enrolled.

3. Submit an official transcript of all previous college work.

4. Submit ACT or COMPASS scores.

Admission is based upon a point system. The admissions point scale is designed to objectively evaluate applicants. Applicants with the highest total points will be admitted to the program.

Download Selective Admission Points


TelephoneWho can help me? What else do I need to know?

Program Coordinator
Jonathan Johnson

AcceptAccreditation / Program Success

This program is accredited by the
National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
5600 N River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL  60018
Phone:  773-714-8880, Fax 773-714-8886.

Program Completion/Licensure Pass Rates