Medical Laboratory Technician
The mission of Stanly Community College’s Medical Laboratory Technology program is to train laboratory professionals who will make a positive impact in healthcare through leadership that will assure excellence in the practice of laboratory medicine.
The Medical Laboratory Technology curriculum prepares individuals to perform clinical laboratory procedures in chemistry, hematology, microbiology, and Immunohematology that may be used in the maintenance of health and diagnosis/treatment of disease. Course work emphasizes mathematical and scientific concepts related to specimen collection, laboratory testing and procedures, quality assurance and reporting/recording and interpreting findings involving tissues, blood, and body fluids.
Students who successfully complete the program are eligible to take the national certification examination administered by the Board of Registry of American Society for Clinical Pathology and become a certified Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) (ASCP). With additional education and/or technical experience, graduates may also advance in the field to become a technologist, research specialist, manager, or educator. The Medical Laboratory/Clinical Laboratory Science field allows students to advance to a BS in Laboratory Science, a Master’s degree in Molecular Diagnostics, and a doctorate degree as a DCLS (Doctorate in Clinical Laboratory Science).
Employment opportunities for graduates include laboratories in hospitals, medical offices, industry, and research facilities.