Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Medical Laboratory Technician?

Medical Laboratory Technicians perform routine clinical laboratory testing using sophisticated analytical instruments to provide scientific data needed in diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of disease.

How many students do you admit to your program each year?

We generally admit 20 students each fall based on a point system. See the advising guide.

How competitive is admission?

This is generally a competitive program.  This year we have moved from a lottery to a point system and have increased the prerequisites.  Based on these two changes, we are unable to predict how competitive the program will be in coming years but will share more information as it becomes available.  

What is the cost of your program?

Tuition and fees are about $100 per credit. The cost is about $10,500 for tuition, fees, books and other costs

Can any of your prerequisites or program classes be substituted with other classes or work experience?

If you have taken classes that you think could be substituted for MLT program classes contact the admissions coordinator at healthca@pcc.edu.  Most writing, math and other general education classes can be transferred from any accredited college.

Is there any way to graduate from your program faster if I’ve been working in the field?

There is not; the program is 7 terms.

What are the practicum requirements?

During your program you will go through 5 different clinical rotations, assigned to you by the MLT program, for a total of over 750 hours. Before beginning practicum, students will be required to complete a criminal background check, ten-panel drug screen and provide proof of immunizations. There is a cost associated with completing this requirement.

What is the completion rate for your program?

In the past 5 years, the number of students in the second half of the program that successfully graduated has been 91% or higher for the campus-based program.

What kind of certification am I eligible for with your program?

You will be eligible to take the exam to become nationally certified through accrediting agencies such as ASCP www.ascp.org and AMT www.americanmedtech.org

What is the employment rate for graduates from your program?

91% or more of our graduates are working in their field within 9 months of graduation

How much will I make as a MLT

According to the Oregon Employment Department, the average salary in the Portland metro area is $44,000/year