Graduates of the Medical Laboratory Technology program are able to perform and evaluate a wide variety of procedures ranging from blood collection to the use of intricate precision instruments. After successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take a national certifying examination for registration as a Medical Laboratory Technician. This program is being provided through an innovative, cooperative arrangement with Wytheville Community College. Students will register at MECC for their general education course requirements and register through WCC for their program courses. However, all course offerings and clinicals will be provided on the MECC campus and at local healthcare facilities. The AAS degree will be awarded by Wytheville Community College. WCC’s program is fully approved by the State Council of Higher Education and the National Accrediting Agency of Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).
Opportunities for Employment
Opportunities for MLTs include employment at hospital clinical laboratories, reference and industrial laboratories, pharmaceutical firms, independent clinical laboratories, service agencies, physicians’ offices, clinics, government agencies, research institutions and the armed forces.
Upon admission to the Medical Laboratory Technician program, the following are necessary:
- The student must have a complete medical examination which must include a tuberculin skin test (not more than one year old), a profile of medical condition, designated immunizations, and documentation of HBV status. A chest x-ray is required only if the tuberculin test is positive.
- A minimum grade of “C” must be maintained in each Medical Laboratory course. A student receiving a final grade lower than “C” in any course in the medical laboratory sequence will be ineligible to continue in the program. Contact the program head for readmission requirements.
- The student will be required to secure student professional liability insurance.
- Clinical experience will be provided in affiliated hospitals or laboratories. Each student will be responsible for transportation to and from the sites and must also secure the required uniforms and dress code requirements.
The medical laboratory technician curriculum is an academically rigorous program, but one having the potential to provide a rewarding career for participants. Admission to the program will be governed by the requirements for general admission to the colleges. Additionally, to enter the program, the student must have a high school diploma or the equivalent. The student must have completed with a grade of “C” or better in high school: one unit of Algebra, one unit of Chemistry, and one unit of Biology. The student must also be eligible to enroll in ENG 111 in their first Fall semester of admission to the program. Students may enroll in MECC’s developmental coursework if they do not meet these requirements. Student presenting evidence of meeting these requirements will be admitted to the program by WCC biennially. MECC has been allocated ten admission slots. Because entry into this program is competitive, students must complete the application process with the Admissions Office at WCC by no later than February 15.
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PROGRAM OF STUDY
|Course #||Course Title||Credit|
|BIO||141||Human Anatomy & Physiology I||4|
|CHM||111||College Chemistry I||4|
|MDL||101||Introduction to Medical Lab Techniques||3|
|SDV||100||College Success Skills||1|
|FIRST YEAR SPRING|
|BIO||142||Human Anatomy and Physiology II||4|
|ENG||111||College Composition I||3|
|MDL||130||Basic Clinical Microbiology||3|
|MDL||261||Clinical Chemistry & Instrumentation I||4|
|SECOND YEAR SUMMER|
|Humanities/Fine Arts Elective||3|
|Social/Behavioral Science Elective||3|
|MDL||199||Coordinated Practice in the Clinical Lab||2|
|BIO||150||Introduction to Microbiology||4|
|SECOND YEAR FALL|
|MDL||225||Clinical Hematology II||3|
|MDL||240||Clinical Microscopy II||2|
|MDL||252||Clinical Microbiology II||3|
|MDL||262||Clinical Chemistry & Instrumentation II||4|
|SECOND YEAR SPRING|
|MDL||227||Clinical Immunohematology/Immunology II||3|
|MDL||263||Clinical Chemistry & Instrumentation III||3|
|MDL||275||Clinical Hematology III||3|
|MDL||279||Clinical Microbiology III||2|
|Total Minimum Credits for Degree||72|
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