Program Application and Admission (MLT)

Student Advising

The initial intake point for prospective program students occurs through student recruiters and the general advising office of each campus. Students are given a copy of the program information packet and instructed to contact the program advisors for questions, additional information, and course scheduling. The program faculty serve as the advisors for prospective program students. Advising is essential to assuring accuracy of information, clarification of questions, and for scheduling required prerequisite courses. Please call 304-929-3324 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule an advising appointment.

Selected Enrollment

The medical laboratory technician program is selected enrollment meaning that students must apply to the program and be accepted before enrolling in any course with a MLTN prefix. A maximum of 15 students will be admitted into the program each August.  The admission is determined using a rubric which is provided in the information packet as well as outlined below.. Acceptance to New River and meeting of program application requirements does not guarantee admission to the MLT Program.Only completed files will be reviewed for MLT program admission, unless unusual circumstances determined by the MLT faculty should arise. 

      A numeric score sheet is used to determine admission based on:

1.  Overall GPA

2.   MDST 120 / 121L, Phlebotomy (grade and attempts)

3.   MATH 109, grade and attempts

4.   BIOL 231/233L Anatomy & Physiology 1, grade and attempts

5.   CHEM 101/103L Chemistry 1, grade and attempts

6.   Previously earned degrees

7.   Previous or current work experience in a laboratory setting.

8.   Previous or current Military (active duty or reserves)

Students accepted into the program are required to follow program policies and procedures, some of which differ from the institution policies and procedures. You may also view our complete policies and procedures manual via our program website.

Program Application Requirements

Pre-requisite Courses

Students must have completed or be enrolled in the program’s first semester prerequisite courses when applying to the program.  The additional general education requirements may be taken during the technical courses.  Equivalent pre-requisite courses may be completed at any college or university; New River students are not given preference during the selection process.  All pre-requisite courses of the curriculum must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher. Students have until the end of the traditional spring semester to complete pre-requisite courses. Students must have an overall GPA of at least 2.50 for all college-level work.

Program Application

The program application must be completed and submitted by the application deadline a indicated below. Click here to download the Application.

Application Deadline

Application materials including the program application, transcripts and proof of work or military experience must be submitted to the MLT Program by the student in a single envelope.  Application materials my be hand delivered or mailed to the MLT Program and must be received on or before 4pm on April 30th. However, ifthe 30th falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the materials must be submitted the Friday prior to the 30th. Materials submitted separately as well as faxed or e-mailed material will not be accepted. Students are not permitted to submit application materials to any other college office.

Non-Discrimination Policy

New River Community and Technical College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity institution, committed to the principle that minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encourage to apply. The College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, veteran or military status, disability or genetic information.

Information on the implementation of the policy and/or the Title IX Amendment should be addressed to Affirmative Action Officer, New River Community and Technical College, 280 University Drive, Beaver, WV 25813-8987.


Program Mission Statement for Medical Laboratory Technician

Program Mission Statement

The Associate of Applied Science degree in Medical Laboratory Technology provides the academic and practical experience necessary to attain entry-level competency in the practice field. This educational model has a strong academic structure and offers intensive technical development. This model also emphasizes the critical importance of leadership in the field of clinical laboratory science through the application of principles related to problem solving and evaluation, education, communication, research and management. The faculty of the MLT Program has a responsibility for the impact the student enrolled in the MLT Program may have on patient testing. In order to fulfill this responsibility, the program has established minimum technical standards that must be met, with or without reasonable documented accommodation, in order to participate in the program and graduate.

Program Philosophy

The philosophy of the Medical Laboratory Technician program at New River Community and Technical College is to ensure that students are exposed to unique and dynamic experiences in order to develop entry level MLT practitioners that have acquired a body of knowledge and skills.

The Program is based on the altruistic and compassionate values shared by the Medical Laboratory profession and New River Community and Technical College which acknowledge the significance of human differences and promote respect for the dignity of the individual.

Program Outcomes

The overall goal of the program is to prepare graduates who are knowledgeable and respected clinical laboratory technicians, and who are lifelong learners with the potential for progression to clinical laboratory scientists and leadership as supervisors, manager, and educators. The primary goals of the program are:

  • To train competent and reliable medical laboratory technicians for successful employment
  • To provide well-trained medical laboratory technicians to meet hospital and community needs
  • To provide educational programs and experiences in all sections of the clinical laboratory
  • To provide sufficient didactic and technical information for the student to understand analytical processes, interpret analytical results and appreciate the clinical significance of analyses performed in a modern clinical laboratory
  • To develop in the student the technical laboratory skills to perform manual and automated procedures with confidence and reliability
  • To provide instruction in laboratory instrumentation, quality control and quality assurance, laboratory management, research and educational methodology
  • To provide a stimulating atmosphere to encourage continuing education of clinical laboratory technicians
  • To have the student achieve passing scores on external certification and licensure examinations
  • To develop flexibility to adapt to changing need, new procedures and new topics in clinical laboratory science practice
  • To maintain the standards of the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
  • To instill in the student an awareness of themselves as professionals and an awareness of their responsibility to the growth of their profession

Program Supporting Goals

  • To obtain the appropriate resources for the MLT Program to support retention of qualified faculty and staff; operating and capital expenses (including but not limited to equipment, supplies, and technology for instructional purposes); program space; library and learning resources; student services; and technical support
  • To maintain appropriate admissions processes, criteria, and program prerequisites to facilitate successful program completion
  • To align program enrollment with available resources
  • To maintain qualified adjunct and supporting faculty
  • To ensure qualified clinical education affiliate faculty are supervising students and provide development activities for clinical education affiliate faculty as resources allow


Community Partners (Paramedic Program)

Community Partners

  • Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital
  • Charleston Area Medical Centers
  • Greenbrier Valley Memorial Hospital
  • Minnie Hamilton Hospital
  • Monroe Health
  • Pocahontas Memorial Hospital
  • Princeton Community Hospital
  • Raleigh General Hospital
  • Stonewall Jackson Hospital
  • Summers County Appalachian Regional Hospital
  • Summersville Regional Medical Center
  • Webster County Memorial Hospital
  • Welch Community Hospital
  • Bartow EMS
  • Alderson EMS
  • Best Ambulance Service
  • Cabell County EMS
  • Charleston Fire Department
  • Fairlea Ambulance Service
  • Ghent Ambulance Service
  • Harrison County EMS
  • Healthnet Aeromedical Services
  • Jan-Care Ambulance Service
  • Kanawha County Ambulance Authority
  • Logan Emergency Ambulance Authority
  • Marion County EMS
  • Marlinton EMS
  • McDowell County EMS
  • Monroe County/Union Rescue
  • Princeton Rescue Squad
  • Priority Ambulance Service
  • Putnam County EMS
  • Quinwood EMS
  • Randolph County EMS
  • Redi-Care Ambulance Service
  • Shavers Fork Fire/EMS
  • Summers County EMS
  • Wayne Co. EMS
  • White Sulphur EMS

Curriculum for Medical Laboratory Technician


Program Sequence and Plan of Study              Total Credits:  71


First Semester (First Year)





1ENGL 101



2BIOL 231

Human Anatomy & Physiology I



Human Anatomy & Physiology I Lab


3CHEM 101

Chemistry 1



Chemistry 1 Lab


4MATH 109or higher



5MDST 120




Phlebotomy with Lab






Second Semester (First Year)              Note:  Students must be accepted into program before starting

2nd semester MLTN courses.





COSC 101  or

BUSN 130

Microsoft Office Applications  or

Microsoft Word & Internet


6BIOL 232

Human Anatomy & Physiology II



Human Anatomy & Physiology II Lab


7CHEM 102

Chemistry 2



Chemistry 2 Lab


8MLTN 220

Hematology & Hemostasis



Hematology & Hemostasis Lab


8MLTN 226

Urinalysis & Body Fluids



Urinalysis & Body Fluids Lab






Summer Semester (First Year)





10ENGL 102  or

11ENGL 103

Research  or

Technical Writing



First Semester (Second Year)





SPCH 208  or

BUSN 232

Fundamentals of Speech  or

Business & Professional Communication


8MLTN 230

Immunology & Immunohematology



Immunology & Immunohematology Lab


8,9MLTN 233

Clinical Chemistry & Lab Math



Clinical Chemistry & Lab Math Lab


8MLTN 236

Clinical Microbiology



Clinical Microbiology Lab






Immediately Following First Semester (Second Year)





MLTN 240

MLT Practicum


MLTN 245

MLT Capstone / Seminar









Pre-requisite Classes:            18 credit hrs 

General Ed Classes:              17 credit hrs  Note:  BIOL 232/234L & CHEM 102/104L can be taken during the 1st  semester; or 2nd semester of the first year (after acceptance into MLT program).

Technical Classes                  36 credit hrs


1 ENGL 101 Composition (3-0-3).  Pre-requisite: ACT Reading Main score of 17 or “S” in ENGL 098 or COMPASS Reading score of 75 orabove and ACT English Main score of 18 or “S” in ENGL 099 or COMPASS Writing score of 70 or aboveand Competent writing sample or diagnostic theme.

2 BIOL 231 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (3-0-3). An in-depth study including biochemistry, cells, tissues, and organs of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, and endocrine systems. The structure and functions of these systems and their role in the maintenance of homeostasis are addressed. PR: Eligibility for enrollment in English 101, high school Biology, Biology 101 or consent of instructor. CR: BIOL 233.

3 CHEM 101 Chemistry 1 (3-0-3). Co-requisite / Pre-requisite: MATH 109 or GNET 115; CR: CHEM 103L.

4 MATH 109 Algebra (3-0-3). Pre-requisite: ACT Mathematics main score of 21 or grade of C in MATH 102 or 093 or COMPASS Algebra math score of 73 or higher.

5 MDST 120 Phlebotomy (3-0-3). This is a Pre-requisite to all other MLTN courses.  Includes phlebotomy theory and practice. Co-requisite: MDST 121L 6BIOL 232 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (3-0-3). A continuation of Biology 231. Studies include cells, tissues, and organs of the cardiovascular, lymphatic, immune, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems and human development. PR: BIOL 231, BIOL 233. CR: BIOL 234.

7 CHEM 102 Chemistry 2 (3-0-3). Pre-requisite: CHEM 101.  Co-requisite: CHEM 104L

8 MLTN Core Technical Courses: Pre-requisite:  HLTH 130/HLTH 131L is a prerequisite to all other MLTN courses.

9 MLTN 233 Clinical Chemistry & Lab Math (4-0-4). Pre-requisite: CHEM 102 and MATH 109 (or higher).

10ENGL 102 Research (3-0-3). Continued practice in reading and composition with emphasis on the introduction to literary

materials applicable toward the construction and presentation of the research paper. PR: C or higher in ENGL 101 or CLEP score of 500 or higher or advanced placement waiving ENGL 101 and C or higher in ENGL 100 or ACT English mechanics/usage subtest score of 9 or higher or COMPASS Writing Diagnostics test score of 76% or higher.

11 ENGL 103 Technical Writing (3-0-3). Pre-requisite: C or higher in ENGL 101 or CLEP score of 500 or higher or advanced placement waiving ENGL 101 and C or higher in ENGL 100 or ACT English mechanics/usage subtest score of 9 or higher or COMPASS Writing Diagnostics test score of 76% or higher.

12 Technical Phase Courses:  Students applying to the MLT program must complete 1st semester pre-requisite courses with a grade of “C” or better and an overall GPA of at least 2.50 for all college-level work.  Acceptance to New River and meeting of program admission requirements does not guarantee admission.  Students must complete all courses in year 1(semester 1 and 2); and semester 1 in year 2 before starting clinical practicum.  All corresponding laboratory sections of the MLTN courses are co-requisites.

Community/ Employee Partners for EDET

  • American Electric Power                                           
  • American Safety Utility Corp.
  • Asplundh                               
  • Bluegrass Energy                                           
  • Bradley Electro Sales Corp.
  • Bowlin Group                                    
  • C.W. Wright Construction Co.                                  
  • Davis H. Elliot Company, Inc.
  • Dominion                                           
  • Duke Energy                                                  
  • Ertel Construction, Inc.                                                         
  • First Energy Corp.                                         
  • Frontier Communications
  • GaylorElectric                                               
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
  • Lumos Networks
  • MasTec                                               
  • New River Electrical Corp.                                        
  • Nicolas Construction
  • Osmose Utility Services, Inc.
  • Pike Electric
  • Richardson-Wayland Electrical Co.                          
  • Serco Pacific, Inc.                                          
  • Service Electric Cable TV & Communications                                              
  • Shentel
  • SPALD Construction
  • Suddenlink Communications
  • Sumter                                                
  • T&D Solutions                                               
  • ThayerPower & Communication Line Construction Co., LLC                                            
  • Utility
  • Utility Lines Construction Services, Inc.


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