Medical Laboratory Technology

KCC to close MLT Program in July 2015

Due to factors including strict accreditation standards and declining program enrollment, KCC will end its Medical Laboratory Technology Program in July 2015. For more information, please read the public announcement that was released on March 25, 2015.

What Does a medical lab technician (MLT) Do?

Medical laboratory technicians and scientists search for clues to the absence, presence, extent and causes of disease. They must be accurate, dedicated, and highly skilled in the use of the investigative tools available in the laboratory.

As part of a team of laboratory professionals, the medical laboratory technician can make a difference in the course and outcome of a disease process. Other members of the team include a physician who specializes in laboratory medicine (pathologist), medical laboratory scientists (Bachelor of Science degree), cytotechnologist, histotechnologists, and various support personnel, such as phlebotomists (“blood-drawers”).


KCC’s MLT Program is a two year associate degree program accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences. In accordance with requirements for accreditation, program coursework includes:

  • General education and related science courses, which prepare the student with necessary basic skills in writing and communication and provide a natural and social science foundation upon which other courses in the program build.
  • Professional technical courses in medical laboratory technology designed to train the student to work with laboratory equipment and techniques and to provide a thorough background of theory and rationale upon which to base decisions and judgments.
  • A professional clinical course in which the student applies knowledge and gains practice in laboratory skills, learning and working under the close supervision of experienced medical technologists and technicians. This course, taken the last semester of the program, is an 18-week, full-time experience rotating through all areas of a clinical laboratory.