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Medical Laboratory Technician & Phlebotomy

Acquire the skills to work as a medical lab technician in this lucrative field.

If you like performing science experiments, you might enjoy being a Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT). A Medical Labratory Technician is a member of the laboratory at a hospital or clinic that tests specimens- primarily blood. MLTs are the specialists that perform all of the tests on patient samples, making them a valuable part of the medical care team. The results from these tests are then sent to the physicians and nurses who take care of patients. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) states that 70% of physician decisions are based on the results of the tests that MLTs perform.  

Blood Bank, Hematology, Chemistry, Urinalysis, and Microbiology are the major departments of a medical laboratory. As an MLT student, you will be trained in each department using hands-on laboratory activities and experiments. Once your in-lab training is complete, you will attend clinicals at local hospitals for real benchwork experience.

Our MLT program uses hybrid online coursework and once-per-week laboratory meetings. This is a 2-year program that allows you to become credentialed as an MLT through a certifying agency (i.e. ASCP) as well as earn an AAS through WNCC.

If you like interacting with patients, but you are better as an independent worker, then you might enjoy our Phlebotomy Program. Phlebotomists safely draw blood from patients, transport and deliver specimens, prepare specimens for testing, and perform basic or waived testing. The emergency department, surgery, critical care, extended stay units, blood bank donation centers, and draw centers are examples of places a phlebotomist could work.

If you want to be a part of the laboratory team, but you’re not ready for a 2-year program, then our Phlebotomy (PBT) Program at WNCC is a great option. The Phlebotomy (PBT) Program uses two hybrid online courses that are completed in one semester. As a PBT student, you will be trained during in-lab meetings every Saturday for the first 9 weeks of class. Once your in-lab training is complete, you will attend 2.5 weeks of clinicals at local hospitals for real phlebotomy experience.

This one-semester program allows you to become credentialed as a certified phlebotomist through a certifying agency (i.e. ASCP) as well as earn a Professional Skills Award. Also, this program serves as the first semester of the MLT Program (if the student chooses to continue).

For both the MLT and Phlebotomy Programs, curriculum encompasses a combination of general education courses, online MLT didactic lectures, in-person laboratory sessions, and clinical experience in a hospital or clinic. Once you successfully complete our prescribed curriculum, you will be eligible to take the examination for national professional certification allowing you to work in a variety of clinical settings, including hospital laboratories, physicians’ offices, clinics, and blood donor centers. Both programs have been approved and accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences. 

Program Outcomes

Award Types

  • Associate of Applied Science in Medical Laboratory Technology 
  • Professional Skills Award in Phlebotomy

About the Program