The Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) Program is designed to prepare students for employment in medical, clinical, research, and public health laboratories.
The technician collects or receives patient specimens, performs many general laboratory tests, records data, and reports results to physicians to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of disease.
The MLT program combines academic general education with a concentration in basic life sciences, didactic studies in medical laboratory science and clinical training at hospital laboratories. The program requires two years, (four semesters and one summer session) of full-time study. Students with previous college work may apply for advanced placement pending evaluation of transcripts. Upon completion of the academic and clinical requirements, students will be awarded an associate degree and become eligible to take the national certification examination.
Students completing the MLT program may transfer up to sixty semester credit hours to the University of Nebraska Medical Technology program.
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All medical laboratory technicians have certain common characteristics: they are problem-solvers.They like challenge and responsibility. They are accurate, reliable, emotionally stable, work well under pressure and are able to finish a task once started. They communicate well, both in writing and speaking. They set high standards for themselves and expect quality in the work they do. But, above all, they are deeply committed to their profession and are truly fascinated by all that science has to offer.
Application should be started 4-6 months in advance of entering the program to assure adequate time to complete the admission process. All other rules and regulations shall be in accordance with standards required of all students at Mid-Plains Community College.
- Three Year Average Certification Pass Rate: 95.7%
- Three Year Average Graduation Rate: 94.4%
- Three Year Average Attrition Rate: 5.6%
- Three Year Average Placement Rate: 86.9%
Medical laboratory technicians are employed by hospitals, clinics, doctors’ offices, veterinary clinics, research centers, colleges and universities, medical schools, government agencies, and industrial medical laboratories.
*Clinical Practicums are conducted in Hospital laboratories affiliated with the program for a period of 18 weeks (5 of these 18 weeks are in North Platte). Students must be prepared to drive or find lodging on their own to attend clinical practicum experience. Clinical site assignments are made by one of the following two means:
Agreement among classmates for site choices.
If no agreement can be reached, the Program Director will assign student sites.