About The Program

The curriculum is designed to prepare Medical Laboratory Technicians to perform essential laboratory testing on blood and body fluids that is critical to the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of disease. In a medical laboratory, the medical laboratory technician (MLT) is part of a team of highly skilled pathologists, scientists, assistants, and phlebotomists working together to determine the presence, extent or absence of disease, and helping to evaluate the effectiveness of treatment. Upon completion of the NAACLS accredited program graduates become eligible to sit for the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification (BOC) exam and other national certification exams offered at the technician level.

Program Degrees and Certificates

Program Details

Students will develop communication skills for effective interaction with other healthcare professionals and with patients and their families. MLTs demonstrate cognitive, psychomotor and affective skills in areas of clinical chemistry, hematology/hemostasis, immunology, immunohematology/transfusion medicine, microbiology, urinalysis, molecular diagnostics, and laboratory operations. The program emphasizes hands-on practice of laboratory methods in a state- of- the- art on campus student laboratory followed by clinical experience at various affiliating healthcare organizations. The program promotes social responsibility, embraces cultural diversity, fosters critical thinking and provides a team approach for learning, problem solving and patient care. The NVCC MLT program uses several computerized course components in the curriculum, including, but not limited to: Canvas Learning Management System (LMS).

MLT Applicants

The program will continue to accept applications until May 31, 2023.

  • Program Outcomes
    MLT AAS Degree Program - Student Success Statistics 2019 2020 2021
    Graduation Rate: Students starting 2nd year who graduate 94% 86% 92%
    External Certification Pass Rate: Students earning MLT Credential within one year of graduation 100% 100% 86%
    Employment Placement Rate: Employed in the field or closely related field or continuing their education within one year of graduation 100% 100% 100%
  • Transfer Opportunities

    Transfer is not the primary purpose of this credential; however, NOVA may have agreements that facilitate the transfer of this and other career-oriented programs to selected senior institutions. In order to learn more about possible transfer opportunities please visit: https://www.nvcc.edu/transfer/. Students interested in transferring should contact an advisor or counselor to discuss their options and plans.

  • Credit for Prior Learning

    Northern Virginia Community College accepts industry-standard certifications, credentials and/or professional courses for credit. Broadly, licenses, credentials and/or certifications must be current and valid for consideration. For more information regarding the status of the certification and its eligibility for credit, please see an advisor or faculty members in the discipline area that awards CPL credit.

  • Career Prospects

    NOVA graduates are employed in the Northern Virginia area as well as throughout the rest of the state and surrounding areas. They fill the need of certified MLT’s in hospitals, private laboratories, physician’s office laboratories, blood donor centers, health department laboratories, and industrial medical laboratories.

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.

Program Accreditation

The program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL, 60018. 773.714.8880.

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