MEDICAL LABORATORY TECHNOLOGY
Associate Degree in Applied Science
The mission of the Medical Laboratory Technology Program prepares the student to function efficiently and safely in the clinical laboratory setting. This program consists of general education courses, specific MLT courses, and clinical rotations in a hospital laboratory in the health care setting. Upon completion of the program, the graduate receives an Associate in Applied Science Degree and is eligible to take the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification exam.
The Medical Laboratory Technology Program is accredited by the National Accreditation Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science, 5600 North River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, Illinois 60618. Phone 773-714-8880, FAX 773-714-8886, or you may access the web at www.naacls.org
- The Medical Laboratory Technology graduate may find a rewarding career in such work environments as the hospital laboratory, doctors' offices, outpatient clinics, minor emergency centers, veterinary offices, and industrial labs.
- The time required to complete the MLT program is five semesters or 21 months. Three of these semesters are spent on the York Technical College campus taking daytime courses in preparation for the two daytime semester clinical rotations at the hospital. During each clinical rotation, Tuesday through Friday at hospital site and Monday is spent at York Tech.
- The program is affiliated with Piedmont Healthcare System in Rock Hill, Chester County Hospital in Chester, Springs Memorial Hospital in Lancaster, and Carolinas Medical Center Union in Monroe, N.C. as well as other clinical affilitates located in the tri-county area.
Medical Laboratory Technology is a profession which combines the challenges and rewards of both medicine and science. A Medical Laboratory Technician is concerned with the accurate performance of laboratory tests to determine the absence, presence, extent and cause of disease. As a vital member of the health care team, he or she works closely with the medical doctor to provide the best of care for the ill or injured patient.
Medical Laboratory Technicians become proficient in the four major areas of the hospital laboratory - Microbiology, Hematology, Blood Banking, and Clinical Chemistry - utilizing an array of complex precision instruments and a variety of automated and electronic equipment. The students learn to interact with the pathologist, a medical doctor who is in charge of each lab, as well as with other physicians and additional health care personnel.
Although the program is demanding, the students find time for participation in special activities, such as the South Carolina Society of Clincal Laboratory Science MLT Student bowl Competition each spring.
MLT DEPARTMENT GOALS
Locally the goal of the MLT program is to graduate middle level professionals (MLT-AD) prepared with entry level skills to work as members of the medical laboratory team. Proficiency in laboratory skills is achieved through both study in the college classroom and clinical rotations at affiliated hospital laboratories.
Nationally the goal of the MLT program is to prepare the graduates to sit for the ASCP Board of Certification exam. Educational enrichment, professional training, and personal development are the concerns of the MLT department faculty. Additional goals include:
- Participation in professional development opportunities to enhance the competence of the MLT faculty
- Upgrade and expand, through capital equipment funds, instrumentation and other equipment and supplies used in the program
- Development of library holdings and computer software which support the MLT Program
- Participation of the faculty in various college activities
- Development and maintenance of alliances with the laboratories in local hospitals to enhance educational effectiveness for MLT students
For specific questions about the Program, please contact:
MLT Department Chair
MLT Education Coordinator