What is a Medical Laboratory Technician?
The Medical Laboratory Technician program at Somerset Community College prepares graduates to work in a clinical laboratory within a hospital, health care facility or in an industrial laboratory.
Students collect patient specimens and perform tests in such areas as blood banking, clinical chemistry, hematology, microbiology, serology, and urinalysis.
Students are eligible to earn a certificate in Phlebotomy for the Healthcare Worker upon completion of the required courses. Graduates are also prepared to take the Board of Certification exam as a Medical Laboratory Technician.
The students enrolled in the MLT Program for an Associate in Applied Science Degree are eligible for the certificate as well as the degree. Students do not have to be admitted to the MLT program to complete the certificate. There will be a limited number of spaces in the courses for the certificate due to available laboratory space.
All students planning to apply to the SCC MLT Program for Fall 2020 must attend a pre-admission conference.
What certificates or degrees can I get?
Phlebotomy for the Healthcare Worker* (5 credit hours)
Medical Laboratory Technician (68 credit hours)
*Certificate is KCTCS certificate, not accredited by NAACLS. Additional requirements are necessary for national phlebotomy certification.
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The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) accredits
the Somerset Community College Medical Laboratory Technician Program.
Address : 5600 N. River Road, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119, (773) 714-8880
|Year||Number of Graduates||Number of Graduates Taking BOC Exam||Performance of Recent Graudates on BOC Exam||Ultimate Pass Rate of Recent Graduates on BOC Exam||Employment Rate||Attrition|
*2015 - Two students elected not to take BOC
*2016 - Once student elected not to take BOC
*2017 - Three students elected not to take BOC
*2018 - Two students elected not to take BOC
Upon admittance the student must submit the following materials prior to beginning clinical experiences.
- Evidence of receiving the Hepatitis B vaccine series or a vaccine declination form
- TB skin test or chest X-Ray
- Immunization records
- Criminal background check
- Drug screening
The medical laboratory technician specializes in the application of scientific knowledge and theory in the skillful performance of medical laboratory functions.
Therefore, to be considered for admission or to be retained in the program after admission, all applicants should possess:
- Adequate visual acuity and color perception, such as is needed to perform microscopic examinations, distinguish color reaction and to detect antigen antibody reactions.
- Sufficient strength, gross and fine motor coordination.
- Sufficient verbal and written communication skills.
- Sufficient intellectual, emotional, and physical functions to plan and implement laboratory duties responsibly.
The following materials must be submitted to the Admissions/Records office by May 1:
- Application for admission to SCC
- Official high school transcript or a passing GED official score report
- Transcripts of all post-secondary education or training
- Results of the ACT examination report
- Letter written to the MLT Program Coordinator stating intent to be admitted to the program must be submitted to the MLT Coordinator's office by May 1
- Attending a pre-admission conference
Preference may be given to applicants with:
- ACT composite score of 19 or higher
- Ranking in upper half of their graduating class or with score of 50 or above on GED
- Cumulative 2.5 GPA or higher taking full time load
- Kentucky resident
- Successful completion of Phlebotomy for Healthcare Worker
- Successful completion of developmental course work
This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.