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.
Medical Laboratory Technician was ranked #60 on the list of “100 Best Jobs of 2021” and #8 in the “Best Health Care Support Jobs” by the US News and World Report.
Clinical experience allows students to practice the skills and techniques learned in didactic courses. The clinical experience will encompass all disciplines as well as phlebotomy.
Admission into clinical courses is dependent on a criminal background check and a drug screening. The clinical affiliate will review the background check and drug screening to determine whether the student can progress to the clinical site.
List of Clinical Affiliates
(Last updated July, 2020)
As a program accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), the WCC MLT Program must make outcome measures for the past three years available to prospective and enrolled students.
The outcome measures defined by NAACLS includes: external certification outcomes, graduation rate outcomes, and placement rate outcomes.
|Outcome||2020||2021||2022||Three Year Average|
|ASCP Board of Certification Pass Rates||100%||50%||100%||100%|
|Job Placement Rates||100%||100%||100%||92%|
These are agreements with universities that allow you to transfer seamlessly once you graduate from Wayne.
Admission into this program is limited.
Visit the Allied Health Admissions page for details on the process and criteria to apply for this program. If you are already a Practical Nurse, complete the Advanced Standing admissions packet found on the Allied Health Admissions page.
Allied Health Admissions
Professional Licensure and Certification Disclosure
In accordance with the U.S. Department of Education’s rules regarding Professional Licensure Programs effective July 1, 2020, disclosure is provided for all states indicating whether this program meets licensure requirements, does not meet licensure requirements, or has not been determined for each state.
In addition to tuition and textbooks, costs of this program include a watch with a second hand, uniforms, shoes, lab coat, American Heart Health Association Basic Life Support CPR certification, physical examination and immunizations. Students must also have access to reliable transportation for attendance of clinical practicums at various off-site facilities.
A printed copy of the current MLT student manual is provided to all students when entering the program. An electronic or printed copy of this manual is also available to prospective students upon request.
Employment: Hospitals; state, local, and private
Medical and diagnostic laboratories
Offices of physicians
Colleges, universities, and professional schools; state, local, and private
Salary: Median annual salary for a Medical Laboratory Technician in NC is approximately $39,000.
See the Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the US Department of Labor for more information on the duties, salary, and expanding employment opportunities.
Tuition for students taking fewer than 16 semester hours is $76.00 per semester hour for in-state students and $268.00 per semester hour for out-of-state students. Students enrolled for six or more semester hours credit will be charged a $30 student activity fee and a $16 technology fee; those enrolled for less than six semester hours will be charged a $15 student activity fee and an $8 technology fee. No student activity will be charged during the Summer Term
The MLT program at Wayne Community College is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119 (Phone: 773-714-8880). Graduates will 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.
Acting Program Director, Medical Laboratory Technology
Administrative Assistant, Allied Health/Nursing/Medical Assisting/MLT