Program Start Date: Fall term
Minimum Program Length: 90 academic weeks; 6 consecutive terms, day; 76 credits
Curriculum Code: 35205
Medical laboratory technology students’ work as medical investigators analyzing blood, urine, spinal and other body fluids and tissues to help the physician diagnose, treat and monitor disease processes in patients. Students have less patient contact than many other health science students.
Students gain interpersonal and technical skills by completing a nine month clinical rotation in affiliated hospitals, physicians’ offices and clinics.
Medical laboratory technicians work in hospitals, physicians’ offices, veterinary clinics, private and research laboratories, and industrial laboratories. Medical laboratory technicians may also work as technical representatives and salespersons for medical supply companies.
A criminal background investigation (CBI) and drug testing are required at student expense for each Health and Human Services student who has been accepted into a Spartanburg Community College curriculum program of study. For more information, please visit the Criminal Background Investigations and Drug Testing Policy section of the SCC webpage.
Students perform blood collection techniques, examine specimens under a microscope, culture microorganisms, and operate complex digital medical equipment and computers. Graduates are eligible to apply to take the national certification examination to become certified Medical Laboratory Technicians (MLT). The Medical Laboratory Technology Program is accredited by:
National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
600 N. River Road, Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018
NAACLS Website (http://www.naacls.org)
EEDA Career Cluster:
- One unit HS biology or equivalent
- One unit HS chemistry or equivalent