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.
The Medical Laboratory Technology program at Wayne Community College has an average 92% ASCP Board of Certification pass rate, an average 91% graduation rate, and an average 95% job placement rate over the last 3 years.
Medical Laboratory Technician was ranked #66 on the list of “100 Best Jobs of 2017” as ranked 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)
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.
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.