Medical Laboratory Technician

Medical Laboratory Technician

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What is a Medical Laboratory 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 2019.

average base pay
Based on research conducted by the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS) in 2016 for the state of Kentucky.
$40,300
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low: $28k med: $40k high: $58k

What are my career options?

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.

What are my degree, diploma, and certificate options?

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.

Certificate(s)

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

Only selective admitted MLT program students and students selected as alternates in the MLT program will be allowed to register in these courses. *Students must be admitted into the MLT program prior to enrolling in MLT courses.

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.

Additional Resources / Training

Pre-Admission Conference Dates:

  • September 12, 2018
  • October 17, 2018
  • November 14, 2018
  • February 13, 2019
  • March 13, 2019
  • April 3, 2019

All conferences will be held on Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m. in the Allied Health Building, room E208.

Accreditation / Program Success

This program is accredited through October 2027 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

Length of Program

This program is 2 years in length. Upon graduation from the MLT program, you can increase your employment opportunities by transferring to a university and applying your credits toward a bachelor s degree in medical technology, environmental science, forensic medicine, genetics, biology, chemistry, microbiology or pre-med. Vast opportunities are available to you in this area of study.

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.

Program Contact

Jonathan Johnson
Medical Laboratory Technician
Program Coordinator
270.534.3502
jonathan.johnson@kctcs.edu