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: 10-15

Curriculum Courses by Semester
Medical Laboratory Technology Degree (A45420)

Essential Functions

Medical Laboratory Technology Program
Non-Academic Essential Functions
Technical Standards

The essential functions/ technical standards as stated here reflect performance abilities that are necessary for a student to successfully complete the requirements of the Medical Laboratory Technology curriculum. It should be noted that under the Americans with Disabilities Act “A qualified person with a disability is one who can perform the essential function of a job with or without reasonable accommodation.” Please read the standards carefully and seek clarification if necessary. According to the nature of the work required in Medical Laboratory Technology, the student must be able to meet the following standards:

  • Operate equipment necessary for laboratory work.
  • Manipulate a patient as necessary for the performance of laboratory procedures.
  • Evaluate patients, test reactions, medical test results, and the working environment.
  • Communicate with the patient, family, medical personnel and others to disseminate information relevant to patient care and work duties and to accurately gather information relevant to patient and work duties.
  • Interact consistently in a rational manner with patients, visitors, staff and peers in routine and non-routine decision-making processes and in the daily execution of didactic and clinical assignments.
  • Use a microscope to differentiate microscopic components.
  • Analyze clinical test results.

If a Medical Laboratory Technology student believes that he or she cannot meet one or more of the standards without accommodation or modifications, the college must determine, on an individual basis, whether or not the necessary accommodations or modifications can be made reasonably.

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. A current list of clinical facilities utilized can be found below.

Wayne Memorial Hospital
Sampson Regional Medical Center
Wilson Medical Center
Betsy Johnson Regional Hospital
Wayne County Health Department
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