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.

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 may be hand delivered or mailed to the MLT Program and must be received on or before 4pm on April 30th. However, if the 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.


Curriculum for Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT)

Program Pre-Requisite Courses

Must be taken prior to applying to the program

NRCTC Course Number



ENGL 101



BIOL 231 / 233L

Human Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab


CHEM 101 / 103L

General Chemistry with Lab


MATH 109

Algebra (or higher)


MDST 120 / 121L

Phlebotomy with Lab


Program General Education Courses

* Can be completed any time prior to or during the program

NRCTC Course Number



ENGL 102 *



COSC 101 *    or

BUSN 130 *

Microsoft Office Applications              or

Microsoft Word and PowerPoint


COMM 208 *   or

BUSN 232 *

Fundamentals of Public Speaking        or

Business and Prof. Communication


*** Can be completed any time prior to or during the 1st semester of the program

BIOL 232 / 234L ***

Human Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab


CHEM 102 / 104L ***

General Chemistry with Lab



Program Technical Core Requirements

Students must be accepted into program before starting MLTN courses.

First Semester - Fall

NRCTC Course Number



MTLN 220 / 222L

Hematology & Hemostasis with Laboratory


MLTN 226 / 228L

Urinalysis & Body Fluids with Laboratory



Second Semester - Spring

NRCTC Course Number



MLTN 230 / 232L

Immunology & Immunohematology with Laboratory


MLTN 233 / 235L

Clinical Chemistry & Lab Math with Laboratory


MLTN 236 / 238L

Clinical Microbiology with Laboratory



Third Semester - Summer

NRCTC Course Number



MLTN 240

MLT Practicum


MLTN 245

MLT Capstone Seminar



Total minimum units for the associate degree


FYE Workshops

New River CTC offers workshops over the course of each semester with various topics in community colleges.

  • Best Practices in Studying
  • Best Practices in Test Taking
  • Club Sign ups
  • Resume building


FYE Workshops

  • Aug 26 at 11:00 Greenbrier Valley Campus FYE Orientation
  • First week of October --------------------- Academic Advising by appointment, graduation and transition plan
  • First week of November -----------------Time Management Seminar
  • First week of December ------------------ Resume Building Seminar


MLK Snowshoe Trip

  • First week of February -----------------College Success Skills Seminar
  • First week of March --------------------Resume Building Seminar 2
  • First week of April ----------------------General Application Seminar

** Your Campus Guide will give you the dates for your campus activities.  Be sure to sign up!!

First Year Programs and Activities for FYE

College is as much about life as it is about classes. Get involved with New River CTC First Year Experience to enrich yourself through programs and activities.


Student Resources

Frequently Asked Questions regarding move to Raleigh County Campus

Student Information Directory (List of important departments and phone numbers)

Special Services

Technology Services

Student Handbook

Community Resource Guides


There is a Student Government Association on each campus which can provide a forum for opinions as well as a calendar of cultural and fun events throughout the academic year. There are Halloween parties and Christmas functions geared for children of students as well as dances, gaming activities, and opportunities for community service.

Mercer County Campus

Nicholas County Campus

Greenbrier Valley Campus

Raleigh County Campus

Developmental Courses

The college provides developmental foundation courses in Reading, English, Arithmetic, and Algebra (ENGL 098, ENGL 099, MATH 098, MATH 099) for students scoring below the benchmark scores on ACT, SAT, ASSET, or COMPASS assessment instruments. Successful completion of developmental course(s) is a prerequisite for many college-level courses. Developmental studies courses are not counted toward meeting graduation requirements and are not used in the calculation of the graduation grade point average; however, they are covered by financial aid.

Student Success Center

The mission of the Student Success Center is to provide students with a comprehensive range of services and resources to enable students to reach their educational, lifelong learning, and career goals. The New River goal is to provide services to help all students achieve academic success. The expanded mission is to coordinate quality tutoring programs through a variety of delivery systems to meet the needs of traditional and nontraditional students. Upon student request, each campus provides support services at no additional cost. 

Any New River student is eligible for up to three hours of tutoring per class per week by completing an application. Tutoring is by appointment and availability of qualified tutors.   Tutoring is not available in all subjects.  Please contact your campus Educational Counselor in the Student Success Center on your campus.

The following services may be available:

  • Writing Center
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Career Counseling
  • Secure, make-up testing (by appointment only)
  • Mentoring
  • Study Groups
  • E-tutoring through synchronous and asynchronous learning
  • Multimedia computer labs and prescriptive software programs

Student Success Center Contact Information:

Advanced Technology Center, P.O. Box 307, 527 Odd Road, Ghent, WV 25843, (304) 929-5016                                

Raleigh Co. Campus, 280 University Dr., Beaver, WV 25813, (304) 929-5005

Mercer County Campus, 1001 Mercer Street, Princeton, WV 24740, (304) 425-5858                                            

Nicholas County Campus, 6101 Webster Rd., Summersville, WV 26651 (304) 883-2465

Greenbrier Valley Campus, 101 Church Street, Lewisburg, WV 24901, (304) 647-6591 

Coordinator of Student Success Centers, (304) 929-5027

Educational Opportunity Center - Admissions, Career, and Financial Aid Counseling

Prospective and current students should contact the Educational Opportunity Center if they would like help with the admissions and financial aid process.  The EOC not only helps students apply for admissions and financial aid but also helps them find out what programs are available, decide on a career, and select a degree program.  The EOC’s main goal is to help students enroll in post-secondary educational programs by providing information on GED classes, adult basic education, vocational/technical schools, colleges, and graduate schools.  The EOC also provides services that help students stay enrolled, such as career assessments, academic advising, and financial aid counseling.  Through counseling and referrals to other programs, the Educational Opportunity Center helps students deal with educational barriers, including financial difficulties, time constraints, lack of family support, and fear of failure.  The EOC is a federally-funded TRIO program through the U.S. Department of Education.  All services are free and confidential.

Off-Campus Courses

New River Community and Technical College offers courses at various off-campus locations through the service region.  For availability of courses, check the schedule published each term.


New River Community and Technical College provides testing services through Bluefield College, which is an approved testing center (selected examinations) for the American College Testing Program (ACT), the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), and the National League for Nursing (NLN).


To earn credit by CLEP examination, a student must meet the following criteria:

  • A student must be enrolled in New River Community and Technical College or have been accepted by the College. Freshman, transfer, and recently accepted students must enroll in and pass at least 3 credit hours at any of the New River campuses to be eligible for CLEP credit from NRCTC.
  • A student must meet the prerequisites for the equivalent course(s) for any CLEP test(s) taken.
  • A student may not receive CLEP credit for equivalent courses for which he/she has already earned credit.
  • CLEP credit will not be accepted for the purpose of overcoming deficient grades.
  • A student is not eligible to take the CLEP test if he/she is currently enrolled in an equivalent course.
  • A maximum of 31 hours of credit will be granted for successful completion of the five tests within the General Examinations.
  • A waiting period of six months is required to repeat the same test(s). Scores on test(s) repeated earlier than six months will be canceled by NRCTC.
  • Requests for official transcript copies of the CLEP score report(s) should be directed to the Office of Student Services.


Accuplacer is a suite of computerized tests that determines your knowledge in math, reading and writing as you prepare to enroll in college-level courses. The results of the assessment, in conjunction with your academic background, goals and interests, are used by academic advisors and counselors to place you into a college course that meets your skill level. Scores are normally available immediately after testing is completed. The Accuplacer test can be taken in lieu of the ACT or SAT. A composite score cannot be obtained by taking this test. Anyone needing a composite score for Nursing, Radiological Technology, Medical Assisting, or NCAA purposes MUST take the National ACT or SAT. A minimum of 60 days must have elapsed before retesting is allowed with Accuplacer.


The West Virginia EDGE initiative allows students to take high school courses for community and technical college credit. Students who take the EDGE courses available in high school or at a Career and Technical Center could earn an Associate Degree earlier. Find out more


New River Community and Technical College offers the NLN Pre-Admission Exam-LPN.  All students seeking admission to the Licensed Practical Nurse Certificate program must take the Pre-Admission Exam-LPN. Contact the Student Services office regarding additional testing restrictions and registration information.

Information concerning registration and administration of the above examinations can be obtained from the Office of Student Services.

Brainfuse Tutoring

Brainfuse provides online tutoring and writing services for its students.  A division of Brainfuse, Brainfuse also offers an online writing lab for assistance with essays.



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New River CTC's Bookstore is now open for the fall semester! Financial aid funds for books for eligible students will be available through the bookstore beginning July 28.