Medical Laboratory Technician
What does a Medical Laboratory Technician do?
The Medical Laboratory Technician program prepares graduates for immediate entry into a technician-level position in a clinical laboratory environment. The curriculum includes prerequisite courses in general biology and chemistry along with advanced classes preparing students to provide clinical information for disease prevention, medical diagnosis, and treatment of patients. The Medical laboratory Technician program integrates traditional classroom instruction and laboratory experience with clinical rotations. After successfully completing all academic and clinical requirements of the program, students are eligible to sit for the national certification examination for Medical Laboratory Technicians. After achieving national certification, students can apply for state licensure.
Learning by Doing
Medical Laboratory Technicians (MLT) or Clinical Laboratory Technicians (CLT) work under the supervision of a Medical Laboratory Scientist. They perform phlebotomy and tests on tissues, blood, and body fluids to help physicians diagnose and treat diseases or monitor a patient’s health status. MLTs are trained to identify parasites and other micro-organisms; analyze the chemical content of fluids; quantitate and identify blood cells; test blood for compatibility before transfusion; and test for drug levels in the blood to show how a patient is responding to treatment. Graduates can build a career as a Medical Laboratory Technician or continue their education at a four-year institution to become a Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS).
Persons with a felony conviction may not be eligible for licensure based on terms and conditions of the state in which they intend to apply.
- Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital
- Summers County Appalachian Regional Hospital
- Veterans Administration Medical Center
- Raleigh General Hospital
- Summersville Regional Medical Center
- Greenbrier Valley Medical Center
- Princeton Community Hospital
- Bluefield Regional Medical Center
- Welch Community Hospital
- Montgomery General Hospital
- Plateau Medical Center
- Webster County Memorial Hospital
- Pocahontas Memorial Hospital
- Lewis Gale Hospital Allegheny
- Dabney S. Lancaster Community College
- Raleigh Regional Cancer Center
The New River Community and Technical College Medical Laboratory Program has been approved by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. New River CTC will be seeking accreditation of the new Medical Laboratory Technician program from the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) after the start of the program (National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, 5600 N. River Rd., Rosemont, IL 60018, (773-714-8880). The Committee on Allied Health and Accreditation and NAACLS accredit all Medical Laboratory Technician programs. The self-study report will be submitted to NAACLS after the first cohort of students begin the program, per NAACLS guidelines. Serious candidacy status should be obtained before the first cohort of students graduate, thus allowing for the students to be eligible for applying for the national certification examination upon graduation. Graduates of the New River MLT program will be eligible to take any one of the three national certification examinations for MLT immediately following graduation from the program. All three of these accrediting organizations are recognized by the state of West Virginia for MLT licensure.
Serious candidacy status is not an accreditation status nor does it ensure eventual accreditation. Serious candidacy status is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with NAACLS that indicates the program is progressing toward accreditation.
Diane Tyson, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM
Director, Medical laboratory Technician Program