Nancy Keller Administrative Associate, School of Health Careers
1201 Locust Avenue
Fairmont, WV 26554
Phone: (304) 367-4882
Dr. Rosemarie Romesburg,
Dean, School of Health Careers
211 Education Building
1201 Locust Avenue
Phone: (304) 367-4284
The Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) performs a variety of laboratory tests in blood banking, chemistry, hematology, immunology, microbiology and urinalysis. These professionals are: dedicated; self-motivated; problem-solvers; like challenge and responsibility; are accurate and reliable; work well under pressure; communicate well; set high standards for themselves and are fascinated by science. The tests they perform may include determining a patient’s blood glucose or cholesterol level, typing and cross matching blood samples for transfusions or culturing body fluids to determine the presence or absence of infection.
The Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) Program at Pierpont Community and Technical College offers an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree. Preparation for a career as a Medical Laboratory Technician requires a solid foundation of biology, chemistry and math in high school as well as computer skills. In addition, it is necessary to complete both formal and clinical courses through an accredited program in medical laboratory technology.
The Pierpont MLT program is currently affiliated with several medical institutions, including:
Davis Memorial Hospital, Elkins; Fairmont Clinic and Fairmont General Hospital, Fairmont; Grafton City Hospital, Grafton; St. Joseph’s Hospital, Buckhannon; Preston Memorial Hospital, Kingwood; Stonewall Jackson Hospital, Weston; and United Hospital Center, Inc. and Louis A. Johnson V.A. Medical Center; Clarksburg, WV.
Since clinical affiliates may be added or dropped at any time, a current listing is maintained in the office of the Program Director.
**Some clinical affiliates may require background clearances.
Medical Laboratory Technicians work in a variety of settings. They are employed by hospitals, physician office laboratories, reference laboratories, pharmaceutical companies, research laboratories, veterinary laboratories, clinics, public health facilities, and business and industry. In their 2010 wage survey, the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) found that the average annual salary for medical laboratory technicians in the United States ranged from $40,768 ($19.78/hr) for staff to $49,338 ($23.72/hr) for supervisors.
According to ASCP, there is a national shortage of well trained and qualified laboratory professionals. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts there will be a 15% growth rate in jobs for Medical Laboratory Technicians by 2020 and 55,000 job openings due to growth and replacement needs in the field.
Over 70% of our students gain employment within six months of graduation and 16% continue their education. An average of 85% of our graduates are either in jobs or choose to continue their education or both within six months after graduation.
Educational Advancement Opportunities:
The A.A.S. degree in Medical Laboratory Technology is quite versatile. Graduates of the Program may choose to continue their education and earn a baccalaureate degree in Allied Health Administration, Biology, or even Business. Some graduates choose to become a Medical Technologist. This requires earning a baccalaureate degree and having either three years of clinical laboratory experience or graduating from a NAACLS accredited program in Medical Technology.