Medical Laboratory Technology

Medical Laboratory Technician

Program Start Date: Summer 2014

 Applications Due: March 2014 (exact dates posted at a later date)

 Mail applications packets to:  Wenatchee Valley College

 Admission selection done by:  Wenatchee Valley College and Interpath Laboratory 

Number accepted for BMCC location: Up to two (2) students annually

Contact Information:

 A partnership with
Blue Mountain Community College (BMCC),
Wenatchee Valley College (WVC), and Interpath Laboratory

Blue Mountain Community College and Wenatchee Valley College have partnered to bring the Medical Laboratory Technician program to Eastern Oregon.  Many opportunities await those choosing careers in medicine and science. One of the most rewarding is medical laboratory technology. As members of the medical team, technicians work side by side with medical technologists and pathologists and have relatively less contact with patients. Medical laboratory technicians (MLT's) perform a great variety of scientific laboratory procedures, utilizing automated computerized instrumentation, all of which aid in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of diseases.

In addition to employment in medical laboratories, graduates pursue positions in research, molecular biology, industry and veterinary laboratories, as well as medical supply and equipment sales.

This program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS  - http://www.naacls.org/ )  5600 N. River Rd. Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119.   Phone: 1-847-939-3597

MLT Program Statistics

  • 85% of WVC MLT graduates pass the ASCP board exam on the first attempt
  • 95% of our students graduate from the program.

PROGRAM INFORMATION

The WVC Medical Laboratory Technology Program is a limited enrollment program. The number of students accepted each year is dependent on the number of clinical sites available. The program is usually completed in eight academic quarters (two calendar years). Depending on the educational background of the entering student, fewer quarters may be required. All students are considered for admission.

During the preparatory first three quarters of the first year, the typical MLT student takes general education courses and specialized medical laboratory courses designed to provide a solid base for the second year of on-the-job training.

Students spend the second year in medical laboratory facilities that have agreed to be training centers, while simultaneously taking theoretical supporting courses. Travel to distant training facilities may be required and work on a variety of shifts may be necessary; therefore, the use of an automobile is required.

The WVC Regional Program includes training at distant sites including Blue Mountain Community College. As long as current clinical training agreements continue, most regional MLT students are not required to spend any time training in Wenatchee.

  • Wenatchee Valley College’s (WVC) Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) program is unique in that the First-Year (prerequisite) coursework is done before applying to the program.
  • Applications to the Second-Year are due every March.
  • Students may apply to the Second-Year while still completing First-Year coursework.

·        Students have through the spring quarter after applications are due to complete First-Year coursework. The first year MLT series (MLT 100, 101, 102) is completed online through Wenatchee Valley College ***.

  • Offers of acceptance are contingent upon successful completion of First-Year coursework.
  • All applicants will be notified in late April (both those accepted and those denied).
  • Successful applicants start the Second-Year program the summer after applying and graduate in 5 quarters.
  • Acceptance to Wenatchee Valley College (WVC) does not guarantee acceptance into the MLT program.
  • Students must be 18 years of age or older before entering hospital labs.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.

**** Students interested in completing the MLT program through the BMCC regional site should follow the steps outlined below for admission to WVC for the First Year MLT courses (MLT100, MLT101 and MLT102):

  1. Apply for admission to Wenatchee Valley College through our website. You will receive an acceptance letter from the Registration office.
  2. Once you receive your acceptance letter, contact the WVC educational planner at bgrove@wvc.edu. The educational planner will activate your PIN number for online registration.
  3. Use the WVC Student Kiosk Web site at www.wvc.edu to register for the online MLT series (MLT 100 in the fall, 101 in the winter, and 102 in the spring).

Pre-requisite Course Requirements

MLT Second-Year Coursework

During the second year, courses MLT 213, 223, 233 and their associated laboratory courses (MLT 214, 224 and 234) are taught by the use of Interactive TV classrooms, laboratory or audiovisual materials.

All students must maintain a GPA of 2.0 ("C" or better) in all specified program courses.

As a result of completing the MLT program, students obtain a background in general college courses and the sciences, and they develop the important technical skills required for medical laboratory employment. After graduation students are encouraged to take one of the national certification examinations, which is required by most medical laboratory employers (ASCP/BOR or NCA exams).

 Application Requirements/Process

Transfer & Distance Students

To determine how credits from Blue Mountain Community College would transfer to WVC, use the MLT Course Equivalency Guide for transferable courses. Students may also request an official AH Credit Evaluation.

 
Program Acceptance

Selection of applicants for the MLT partnership program with BMCC is based on the probability of success score. Students' scores are determined using:

  • Cumulative college GPA
  • Average GPA of BI231, BI232 and BI234 (or equivalent transfer courses)
  • GPA of WR121 (or equivalent transfer course)

NOTE: repetition of BI231, BI232 and/or BI234 (or equivalent transfer courses) due to (a) earning a "C-" or below, (b) withdrawal, or (c) changing from credit to audit mid-quarter will result in a deduction of points. Each repetition will result in additional deductions. Deductions negatively affect the probability of success score.

Selection of applicants for MLT program at BMCC include the probability of success score (see above), letters of recommendation, and interview.

Additional Notes

  • In the case where limited clinical experience sites can be obtained, the following criteria will be used to determine which students begin clinical training first:
    • Probability of success score (determined during the acceptance process).
    • Combined GPA of MLT 150 and MLT151.
  • On-the-job physical requirements include: ability to lift 50 pounds, carry 20 pounds, sit for 4 hours, and stand for 8-12 hours.
  • Conviction of certain crimes may prevent completion of the clinical course requirements of the program and may prevent future licensure and employment in health care. A criminal record check is required prior to any clinical training experience or clinical field trips. Students with a criminal record should meet with the Associate Dean of Allied Health/Nursing Administrator at WVC. Contact (509-682-6660) to determine if the criminal history would prevent access to a health care facility.

After Acceptance

Successful applicants will receive an acceptance letter (in late July) from WVC and a packet from the WVC Allied Health Department detailing these next steps. DO NOT include these items with the application.

  • Pay a $50, non-refundable, acceptance fee.
  • Provide a copy of current Health Care Provider CPR card (must include first aid, CPR, and AED for adults, children, and infants).
  • Provide documentation of 7-hour Washington state HIV/AIDS certificate.
  • Provide documentation of immunizations (for more information, click here).
  • Provide verification of major medical insurance (accident/injury).
  • Provide background check information.
  • Provide results of a five-panel drug test from a certified lab.
  • Complete the Allied Health packet.
  • Provide proof of liability insurance (calculated into tuition and fees at time of registration; tuition receipt can thus be used as proof).


For questions about the program or application process please contact:

Blue Mountain Community College Contact Information:

  •  Helen Doherty, Career Technical Advisor
  • E-mail:  hdoherty@bluecc.edu
  • Phone: 541-278-5954

Wenatchee Valley College - Contact Information