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Medical Laboratory Technology

As a vital member of the health care team, Medical  Laboratory Technicians (MLT’s) perform a variety of complex biological and chemical analyses on patient specimens both manually and with sophisticated laboratory equipment.  These analyses assist the physician in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of disease.

The suggested curriculum is weighted heavily in the sciences and hands-on laboratory experiences.  In anticipation of completing the required pre-requisites for the program the student may apply to the program in January to begin the applicable MLT classes in June.  After completing the necessary lecture classes and student labs, the MLT student will perform a 16-week clinical rotation during the spring semester with an anticipated May graduation date.


The MLT program prepares the student to sit for a national certification exam.  Those who successfully pass this examination are classified as an MLT (ASCP) with full privileges of a certified medical laboratory technician.  The state of West Virginia also requires that MLT’s be licensed after graduating and, in order to maintain that licensure, annual continuing education must be obtained in current laboratory practices and methodologies.

Graduation, placement and pass rates MLT Certification Exam

  • Certification exam pass rates (within the first year) = 79%, Benchmark = 75%
  • Graduation rates = 91%, Benchmark = 70%
  • Graduate Placement Rate = 97%, Benchmark = 70%

These statistics are based on a rolling 3-year average (2015-2016, 2016-2017, and 2017-2018) 

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Student Handbook

Clinical Practicum Student Handbook


First Semester
BIOL 220 Human Anatomy 4
ENGL 101 English Composition I  3
MATH 125 OR College Algebra Expanded OR  
MATH 130 College Algebra 3
CHEM 110 Fundamentals of Chemistry 3
CHEM 111 Fundamentals of Chemistry Lab 1
  Semester Total 14
Second Semester
Elective Social Science Elective  3
BIOL 221 Human Physiology 4
BIOL 230 Microbiology 3
BIOL 231 Microbiology Lab 1
  Semester Total 13
Summer Semester  
MLAB 100 Introduction to Clinical Lab Science 2
MLAB 207 Coagulation, Serology and Urinalysis 3
  Semester Total 4
Third Semester
MLAB 200 Clinical Hematology ( 8 week class) 4
MLAB 201 Clinical Biochemistry  4
MLAB 202 Clinical Immunohematology  4
MLAB 203 Clinical Microbology with Lab 4
  Semester Total 15
Fourth Semester    
MLAB 205 MLT Seminar 1
MLAB 206 MLT Clinical Practicum (GEC4) 12
MLAB 208 Mycology and Parasitology 1
  Semester Total 14


Ruth Jacobs
Assistant Professor/ Department Chair- Allied Health
2001 Union Carbide Dr
South Charleston, WV 25303
Phone: 304.205.6654

BridgeValley Medical Laboratory Technology clinics and major courses are offered on the South Charleston campus.