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Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT)

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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! Read more about who MLT's are.

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), medical laboratory technicians are projected to grow faster than average and have nearly 550 openings between 2014 and 2024. The OED lists the current average salary for a Medical Laboratory Technician as $42,600 and as high as $61,000 with several years of experience.

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The MLT Program is 97 credit hours; 80 credits of which are MLT courses and the remainder are other program requirements and General Education requirements. Consult a program advisor for help in planning General Education courses. Students must meet college graduation requirements including General Education, Math and English competencies.

MLT is in High Demand

MLT student and graduate work in the Emanuel Lab

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), 5600 N. River Rd, Suite 720 Rosemont, IL 60018. Phone: 773-714-8880. 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 4 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 were higher than national averages

Graduation Rates

In the past five years, the number of students in the second half of the Program that successfully graduated has been 91% or higher.

Job Outlook

MLT Department Surveys conducted after graduation indicate that the employment placement for our graduates has been very successful. Of the graduates that answer the surveys in past years (2014-2016): 43% graduates had a job offer within 1 month of graduation; 68% within 6 months and 79% within 9 months.

What's Next?

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  1. Attend an information session
  2. Complete the steps for new students
    • The admissions form will ask you what you plan to study. Since this is a restricted entry program, you should choose Associate of General Studies for now. Your major will be changed once you've applied and been accepted into the program.
  3. Plan how you'll pay for college
  4. Apply for the Medical Lab Technology program