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Medical Lab Technology & Phlebotomy

Information Session

The first step to beginning health career training at NOVA/MEC is to attend a mandatory Information Session.

Please note that the online information sessions contain program information for the current academic year only.

Phlebotomy Career Studies Certificate Program

Start the Information Session Online

Applications for the Fall 2018 Phlebotomy cohort are being accepted March 1 through March 10, 2018. Click the link https://goo.gl/forms/BjjCmJ2n0uXAurNS2 to apply during that time period.

You will be asked to log in using your myVCCS (myNOVA) credentials. You must first log out of any Gmail or Google accounts on your browser to continue. If you do not do this, you will receive an error message instructing you to seek permission to access the form. Simply log out of any Gmail account on your browser and try again.

If you are a Pre-Health student with questions about program requirements, admission, transcript evaluation or you need academic advising, visit the MEC Student Services Center, room 202. You may also register for a MEC Exchange Virtual Advising Workshop.

Phone: 703.822.6557, Medical Education Campus, Room 239


About the Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) and Phlebotomy (PBT) Programs

Medical Laboratory Technicians perform essential laboratory testing that is critical to the detection, diagnosis and treatment of disease. Modern medicine could not be practiced without the tests performed by MLT professionals. Did you know that laboratory tests make up 70% of the verifiable reportable data in a patient's medical record?

MLT perform tests on blood and body fluids in the areas of hematology, chemistry, blood banking, microbiology, serology and urinalysis using microscopes, chemicals, computers and sophisticated automated equipment. In a medical laboratory, a team of highly skilled pathologists, technologists, technicians and phlebotomists works together to determine the presence, extent or absence of disease and help evaluate effectiveness of treatment.

The Medical Laboratory Technology AAS degree program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). 

5600 N. River Road, Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119 
Phone: 847.939.3597 

Phlebotomists work directly with patients. The laboratory depends on the phlebotomy technician to collect quality samples from the patient to produce quality laboratory results. To do this, a phlebotomy technician must create an atmosphere of trust and confidence with patients while drawing blood specimens in a skillful, safe and reliable manner.

Student Success Statistics

 2014 Graduates2015 Graduates2016 Graduates
Retention Rate
(students starting who graduate)
95% 100% 100%
ASCP Certification Pass Rate
(students passing crendentialing exam within one year of graduation)
94% 100% 87%
Employment Rate
(students employed who are actively seeking employment)
93% 100% 100%

Helpful Resources

American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Careers
ASCP Careers is an online resource for those interested in learning more about career opportunities in clinical laboratory science.

Diagnostic Detectives
Reference: ASCLS-Michigan

About Clinical Pathology: Phlebotomy, Clinical Laboratory Science and Beyond the Lab
Reference: ASCLS-Michigan

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