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Medical Lab Technology, Phlebotomy & Medical Lab Assisting

2021 Applicants: Due to the inability for students to access the testing sites, the Test for Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) and math placement testing will not be required for the Fall 2021 application cycle for the Health Sciences Division. You may submit an online Health Sciences and Nursing application for Fall 2021 without having TEAS scores or math placement scores attached to your application.

TEAS Information for Fall 2022 application will be posted to the website in Summer 2021.

Please note that the Fall 2020 offering of the Phlebotomy program has been postponed. The first 18 students who applied and met all pre-requisites during the March 1st to March 10th, 2020 cycle will be given priority to begin the Phlebotomy program during the Spring 2021 semester. Students who have met all pre-requisite requirements and are applying during the September 1st to September 10th, 2020 cycle may be admitted to the program only if space is available.

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.

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.

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

  2015 Graduates 2016 Graduates 2017 Graduates
Retention Rate
(students starting 2nd year who graduate)
100% 100% 94%
ASCP Certification Pass Rate
(students passing crendentialing exam within one year of graduation)
100% 87% 100%
Employment Rate
(students employed who are actively seeking employment)
95% 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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