Medical Lab Technology
Many opportunities await those choosing careers in medicine and science. One of the most rewarding is the medical laboratory technology (MLT) field. As members of the medical team, technicians work side by side with medical technologists and pathologists and have relatively less contact with patients. MLTs perform a great variety of scientific laboratory procedures, utilizing automated computerized instrumentation, all of which aid in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of disease.
In addition to employment in medical laboratories, graduates pursue positions in research, molecular biology, industry and veterinary laboratories, as well as medical supply and equipment sales. For additional descriptive information visit the following two national websites at http://www.ascls.org/ and http://www.ascp.org/. To explore occupations and find related career information go to www.mynextmove.org.
The MLT program can be completed in Wenatchee or through one of our regional sites, Omak, Walla Walla, and Pendleton, OR. Please visit the admission page for more information.
During the second year, courses MLT 150, 213, 223, 233 are taught on-campus or by the use of interactive TV (iTV) for distant students. Their associated laboratory courses MLT 151, 214, 224 and 234 are taught in the student lab on-campus or online for distant students. For that reason, students must have an up-to-date computer and internet access. Courses MLT 210, 220, 230 and 240 are clinicals and take place in clinical laboratories. Students generally rotate to a new clinical location every quarter and therefore students must be willing to travel to these locations. Although every effort is made to place students in clinicals in their communities, this cannot be guaranteed. Students must have a reliable form of transportation.
All students must maintain a GPA of 2.0 (“C” or better) in all specified program courses.
As a result of completing the MLT program, students obtain a background in general college courses and the sciences, and they develop the important technical skills required for medical laboratory employment. After graduation students are encouraged to take one of the national certification examinations, which is required by most medical laboratory employers (ASCP/BOC).
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- 3-year average certification exam pass rate within one year of graduation: 94%
- 3-year average graduation rate: 96%
- 3-year average job placement rate within one year of graduation: 96%
The program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 North River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119 (1.847.939.3597).
The WVC MLT Program is a limited enrollment program. The number of students accepted each year is dependent on the number of clinical sites available. The full program (including First-Year coursework) can be completed in eight academic quarters (two calendar years), depending on the educational background of the entering student. The timeline for completing First-Year coursework may vary. All students are considered for admission.
During the preparatory First-Year, the typical MLT student takes general education courses and specialized medical laboratory courses designed to provide a solid base for the Second-Year of on-the-job training.
Students spend the Second-Year in medical laboratory facilities that have agreed to be training centers, while simultaneously taking theoretical supporting courses. Travel to distant training facilities may be required, and work on a variety of shifts may be necessary; therefore, the use of an automobile is required.
The WVC regional sites include Wenatchee Valley College at Omak, Walla Walla Community College, and Blue Mountain Community College. As long as current clinical training agreements continue, most regional MLT students are not required to spend any time training in Wenatchee and can complete the entire program in their own community.