Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT)
The fall 2013 MLT program is now closed. Please check back in August for the new application and application dates for the fall 2014 program. For information on Prerequisites and Applications requirements and documents, go to the Admissions page.
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Are you fascinated by medicine? Do you like working with computers? Is detail work easy for you? Do you enjoy helping others? Are you a team player? Do you enjoy problem-solving challenges? Then MLT is for you!
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Your Path to a Health Care Career
Medical laboratory technology is one of the most rapidly expanding health care fields. As a medical laboratory technician, you will play an increasingly important role in health care delivery. The MLT Program provides extensive training, including a clinical internship with supervised work experience. This qualifies graduates to run clinical tests required by physicians to make life-affecting decisions in patient care.
According to the Oregon Employment Departments (OED), projected job growth in the health technologist and technician area, medical laboratory technicians have the third highest projected job growth over the 2008-2018 time period. The OED lists the current average salary for a Medical Laboratory Technician as $44,000.
Associate of Applied Science Degree
105 credit hours; includes 93 credit hours of required MLT courses and 16 credit hours of general education, eight of which may be taken from MLT required courses. Consult a program advisor for help in planning General Education courses. Students must meet college graduation requirements including General Education, math and English competencies.
Distance Learning Program
Do you live outside the Portland area? PCC's MLT program has partnered with many Oregon community colleges and laboratories to create an innovative distance learning program.
Why MLT? Why PCC?
MLT is in High Demand
The health care industry is in the midst of one of the most significant shortages of trained personnel in its history, and leaders predict this trend will continue. The shortage of laboratory personnel is expected to remain high because in the near future many of the current practitioners will be entering retirement years, and not enough programs exist to meet the needs of the industry. In a recent report, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS ) projects employment growth of 16 percent for medical laboratory technicians between 2008 and 2018, which is faster than the average for all occupations. The BLS report states that,
The volume of laboratory tests continues to increase with both population growth and the development of new types of tests…Rapid job growth and excellent job opportunities are expected.
PCC's MLT Program has an exceptional job placement rate within the professional community because of this demand and the high quality of our graduates.
High Quality Education
When choosing an MLT program, it is critical that the program be accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency. The PCC MLT Program maintains accreditation by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS). Only MLT programs accredited by the NAACLS can qualify to have their graduates sit for the National Certification Exams.
The PCC MLT Program is known for graduating highly competent laboratory professionals who also have an extraordinary success rate on national board examinations.
In the last 3 years alone, ASCP Certification Exam scores have shown the following:
- 100% of graduates that applied for certification passed the examination on the first attempt
- MLT Program mean scores are higher than national averages and are within the top 5% in the nation
- The highest scores obtained by our graduates are within the top 1%, nationally
- The lowest scores obtained by our graduates are either close or higher than the national averages
- In the past 3 years one of our graduates achieved the highest score in the nation
- Comparison between traditional and distance learning students’ scores show no significant difference
MLT Department Surveys conducted approximately 9 months after graduation indicate that the employment placement for our graduates has been very promising. On average, in past years (2009-2011), 25% of graduates had a job offer within 1 month of graduating, 75% within 3 months and 96% within 6 months.