Medical Laboratory Technician

 

Program Overview

The Medical Laboratory Technician Program prepares students to function as Medical Laboratory Technicians who perform a wide range of routine and complex clinical laboratory procedures associated with blood and body-fluid analysis which play an important role in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of many diseases and in the promotion of health. A Medical Laboratory Technician assesses the reliability/accuracy of the testing, maintains and operates diagnostic equipment, evaluates patient results, prepares analytical reagents and controls, troubleshoots problems with specimens/analyzers, and performs other duties.Medical Lab Technician in lab

The curriculum includes a combination of general education courses, online MLT didactic lectures, face-to-face student laboratory sessions, and clinical experience in a hospital or clinic. Upon successful completion of the prescribed curriculum, the student is eligible to take an examination for national professional certification, and will be able to work in a variety of clinical settings that include hospital laboratories, physicians' offices, and clinics and blood donor centers.

Program Mission

The mission of the Medical Laboratory Technician Program (MLT) is to provide quality instruction, by preparing the graduate with technical skills necessary to obtain and process quality laboratory specimens, perform routine clinical laboratory testing in all major areas of the laboratory, and obtain technical knowledge required to pass the national certification examination and become an important member of a health care team.

Objectives

  • Provide a curriculum that will promote development of skilled medical laboratory professionals. 
  • Prepare graduates with entry-level competencies to meet the needs of the community and the medical profession. 
  • Provide students with adequate knowledge and background experience to qualify for national certification examinations appropriate to their level of training. 
  • Promote development of professional conscience. Provide a curriculum that facilitates matriculation to an associates and or four-year degree program. 
  • Maintain standards consistent with the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS’s Standards).  

Degrees & Certificates

Associates of Applied Science Degree

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Admissions Process

Western Nebraska Community College’s Medical Laboratory Technician Program is a limited-entry program with a selective admission process. The MLT Program accepts students one time per year in the summer semester. Each MLT program has specific admission requirements. All applicants must schedule an advising session first with a professional advisor at the advising center at WNCC by calling 308.635.6050 and then with the MLT Program Director by calling 308.635.6124 or email hajim5@wncc.edu. Acceptance to the any of the MLT program is contingent upon the successful completion of the prerequisite and general educational courses and timely submission of required documents.

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Career Opportunities

Hospitals, clinics, doctors’ offices, veterinary clinics, research centers, colleges and universities, medical schools, government agencies, and industrial medical laboratories employ medical laboratory technicians.

The U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that in 2015, the median pay for Medical Laboratory Technicians was $60,520 per year. Growth in jobs in this field for the decade 2014-2024 was projected to be 16%, much faster than average. For more information, visit the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics.
 
Accreditation
The program is currently seeking accreditation by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119; Tel. (773) 714-8880.