Frequently Asked Questions

What are the requirements to begin clinical practice?
Before beginning clinical rotations, students may be required to complete some or all of the following: criminal background check, proof of immunizations, and a ten-panel drug screening. There will be a cost to the student associated with completing this requirement
How long is clinical practice?
Your training in the clinical laboratory is extensive to better prepare you for your career as an MLT. You will spend several weeks in each department of the clinical lab (blood bank, chemistry, hematology, coagulation, urinalysis, microbiology and phlebotomy) for a total of over 800 hours.
Do I have to find my own clinical site?
No. The PCC MLT program locates all clinical sites for our students.
Where are clinical labs located?
In the campus based program, clinical laboratories are located in the Portland Metro Area. In the distance learning option, the program works with the student to locate a facility in the local area of residence. (See Distance Learning Program.) As much as possible, students complete their clinical rotations in a laboratory relatively close to their homes.
How does a laboratory become an affiliate of the MLT Program?
It is important to note that when we ask laboratories to become affiliates of the MLT program, we examine three key questions:
  1. Does the lab meet the requirements of our accrediting agency (NAACLS)?
  2. Is the lab staff willing to work with our students?
  3. Does the lab offer sufficient numbers and types of procedures so that our students receive adequate training in all necessary areas?
Once the lab and the program feel comfortable about working together, PCC and the affiliate sign a formal agreement which defines expectations and responsibilities.