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 2021.
What are my career options?
A few examples of workplaces in your local area:
- Outpatient clinics
- Forensic laboratories
- Medical research laboratories
- Pharmaceutical laboratories
- Lab equipment sales and services
- Colleges and universities.
What are my degree, diploma, and certificate options?
Associate Degree in Applied Science
An associate degree is an undergraduate academic degree awarded upon completion of a course of study usually lasting two years.
Question: Is there a selective admission process for the MLT program?
Answer: We accept 12 students every other year with 4 alternate positions. Admission is a selective process and attendance to a Pre-Admission conference prior to admission is required, which will provide a vast amount of information on the program. In addition to the Pre-Admission Conference, the following must be completed:
- Apply for admission to West Kentucky Community & Technical College if not currently enrolled.
- Submit an official transcript of all previous college work.
- Submit ACT or SAT scores.
- Pre-requisites to be completed with a “C” or above prior to the start of the program.
- Selective Admission points
The pre-requisites that are required to be completed with a “C” or above prior to the start of the program are:
- BIO 135 or higher
- MAT 110 or higher
- CHEM 130 or higher
PHB 170 and PHB 152 ( are co-requisites and can be completed in the 1st semester of the program after admission with PHB 170 taken prior to PHB 152)
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 lecture course offered through WKCTC prior to PHB 152 clinical rotation course to be eligible for a Phlebotomy certificate from WKCTC. The phlebotomy classes are only offered in fall and spring semesters.
Additional Resources / Training
- Download HIPAA Training Information
- Download Bloodborne Pathogens Training Information
- Visit CastleBranch
- View the MLT Selective Admission Points
Pre-Admission Conference Dates:
- September 17, 2020
- October 15, 2020
- November 19, 2020
- January 28, 2021
- February 18, 2021
- March 18, 2021
- April 15, 2021
All conferences will be held on Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. in the Allied Health Building, room W203.
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.
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.
Field Licensure Requirements
In addition to completing the program, students must pass the national certification exam to become registered. State licensure is required in some states. CPR certification at healthcare provider level, proof of immunizations, background checks, and drug screens are required after a student is admitted and prior to starting the first semester of the program.