After the completion of the fall 2013 cohort we will be putting the distance learning cohort option on hiatus. There will be no future admissions to the distance learning cohort beginning fall 2014.
The MLT Program offers a distance learning option for students living outside the Portland metropolitan area. The option was established to help meet the needs of underserved communities throughout Oregon. Many clinical laboratories in these areas do not have enough trained practitioners to meet the employment demands in their respective area. Students must live outside the Portland metro area (approximately fifty miles) to qualify for the distance option.
In the distance option, students can complete the program pre-requisites, general education requirements, and first year co-requisites at their local college or university, and MLT program requirements through PCC's distance education option. MLT courses are delivered online, but periodic, hands-on, campus based laboratory activities are required as part of the program. Clinical laboratory practicums, which are part of the second year of the program, are provided at local hospitals and clinical laboratories. Some of the hospitals and laboratories affiliated with the online program include: Asante -Grants Pass/Medford, Peace Health-Eugene, Cascade Health Systems-Central Oregon, Sutter Coast Hospital-Crescent City, California, Mid-Columbia Medical Center-The Dalles, Mercy Medical Center-Roseburg and Salem Hospital-Salem. Students that live in other areas should contact the department to see if a clinical affiliate is available in the area.
If the student is interested in completing prerequisites and general education classes at an area community college, some locations provide limited advising. Colleges include: Lane Community College, Rogue Community College, and Central Oregon Community College.