Medical Laboratory Technology

If you like science, solving mysteries, and teamwork, Medical Laboratory Technology may be the career for you!  The Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) curriculum at Wayne Community College will prepare you to become a valuable part of a medical team of pathologists, technologists, and technicians working together to provide information to aid in the diagnosis, monitoring, and treatment of disease.  Highly qualified MLTs perform clinical laboratory procedures in chemistry, hematology, microbiology and immunohematology. Our curriculum will provide training in theory as well as clinical experience.

See the Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the US Department of Labor for more information on the duties, salary, and expanding employment opportunities of a Medical Laboratory Technologist.

Medical Laboratory Technician was ranked #39 on the list of “100 Best Jobs of 2013” as ranked by the US News and World Report.

The MLT program at Wayne Community College is currently seeking accreditation by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119 (Phone: 773-714-8880). Upon the college earning accreditation, graduates may be eligible to take the national certification examination given by the ASCP Board of Certification. The associate degree is NOT contingent upon passing a certification or licensure examination.

Credentials available: Associate of Applied Science Degree in Medical Laboratory Technology

Average Class Size: 10-12

Curriculum Courses by Semester
Medical Laboratory Technology Degree (A45420)

WCC Medical Laboratory Technology Technical Standards

All students in the Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) Program are expected to perform assigned skills, class assignments, and clinical activities at the same level, with or without accommodations. It is the responsibility of the applicant/student to read the technical standards carefully and to ask for clarification of any standard that is not understood.

Wayne Community College complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Therefore, any disability affecting an applicant’s ability to comply with these technical standards must be evaluated by the Disability Services Counselor in conjunction with the MLT program director and health care provider(s) (if appropriate) for an applicant/student with a disability who is otherwise qualified. Demonstration of one or more technical standards may be required. Students with a disability should see the Disability Services Counselor in the Student Development/Counseling Services Office.

The following skills/abilities include those cognitive, physical, and behavioral standards required for successful completion of the curriculum.

Standard Examples of Necessary Behaviors (not all inclusive)
Interpersonal Abilities sufficient to interact with co-workers, patients, families, and individuals from a variety of social, emotional, cultural and intellectual backgrounds. Establish rapport with clients, families and colleagues.
Communication Abilities sufficient for interaction with others in verbal and written form. Collect and document data. Explain treatment procedures. Obtain and disseminate information relevant to laboratory testing, patient care and work duties. Transmit information clearly, accurately, and efficiently.
Critical Thinking Ability sufficient for clinical judgment. Identify cause and effect relationship in actual and simulated clinical situations and analyze data. Apply knowledge from class, laboratory and clinical areas. Utilize basic mathematical skills.
Physical Abilities sufficient to maneuver in small spaces, and reach or lift needed equipment/supplies. Move around and within a patient’s room, treatment area or lab. Administer CPR. Be able to reach laboratory benchtops and shelves. Be able to access patients in beds or seated in specimen collection chairs.
Gross and Fine Motor Abilities sufficient to provide safe and effective patient care and perform laboratory analysis. Move, calibrate, manipulate equipment, and supplies including sharp instruments. Position mobile and immobile clients. Perform a variety of laboratory techniques to include (but not limited to): Manipulation of a variety of types of pipettes, microscopes, specimen inoculation techniques, phlebotomy equipment, instrumentation, glass slides, and computer keyboard.
Auditory Ability sufficient to monitor and assess health needs. Hear patients’ cries of distress, sound of instruments and equipment being properly utilized, recognize alarms, and monitor vital signs.
Visual Ability sufficient for physical assessment, performance of medical laboratory procedures and maintenance of environmental safety. Observe client responses such as skin color and facial expression. Monitor vital signs. Read records. Observe color involved in specimen testing. Competently utilize a microscope to discern fine differences in structure, color, and agglutination. Possess depth perception sufficient to perform precise laboratory procedures involving small volumes and small objects.
Tactile Ability sufficient for assessment, and performance of medical laboratory procedures Perform palpation techniques (venipuncture). Manipulate small objects. Sense changes in temperature.
Emotional Stability and Mental Alertness in performing in the medical laboratory role. Maintain a calm and efficient manner in high stress/pressure situations with patients, staff, supervisors and colleagues.
Olfactory Ability sufficient to perform medical laboratory procedures. Distinguish liquids and chemicals.

Clinical Experience

Enrollment in the MLT Program is limited by availability of clinical training space.  If more students reach the clinical assignment phase of the program than there are clinical spaces available, the students will be ranked according to their GPA in the MLT courses. If necessary, overall college GPA will be considered as a tiebreaker. The students of the lowest rank will be considered to be alternates and will be assigned to a hospital when space becomes available.

The final part of the MLT program consists of rotating through the different departments of a hospital laboratory. Travel to and from these sites is entirely the student’s responsibility. The student will also be expected to periodically attend class or meetings at the college campus during clinical times.  Whenever possible, students will be rotated through multiple clinical facilities to maximize each student’s clinical experience.  The final decision about clinical assignments will be made by the MLT Program Director. Students will be assigned a minimum number of hours in each clinical rotation.  Any additional service work, outside of required academic hours, will be noncompulsory and unpaid. A current list of clinical facilities utilized can be found below.

Wayne Memorial Hospital
Sampson Regional Medical Center
Betsy Johnson Regional Hospital
Johnston Memorial Hospital
Seymour Johnson Air Force Base
Cherry Hospital

Additional Admission Requirements

Admission into this program is limited. For details on the process and criteria, visit the Allied Health Admissions Requirements page.

Program Director

Jan H. Bradley, MS, MT(ASCP)
Program Director, Medical Laboratory Technology