Medical Laboratory Technology

Medical Laboratory Technology

The Medical Laboratory Technology curriculum prepares individuals to perform clinical laboratory procedures in chemistry, hematology, microbiology, and transfusion medicine that may be used in the maintenance of health and diagnosis/treatment of disease.

What You Will Learn

Coursework emphasizes mathematical and scientific concepts related to specimen collection, laboratory testing and procedures, quality assurance, and reporting/recording and interpreting findings involving tissues, blood, and body fluids. Upon completion of the program, you will be able to:

  • perform entry-level pre-analytical, analytical, and post-analytical laboratory procedures as outlined in the student handbook and the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) guidelines
  • demonstrate critical thinking skills and problem solving abilities in the performance of entry-level laboratory procedures as outlined in the student handbook and the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) guidelines
  • demonstrate professionalism in you interaction with faculty, other students, and clinical faculty through such techniques as accepting constructive criticism, maintaining professional composure, demonstrating teamwork, attendance, punctuality, and performing tasks as assigned

Graduates are eligible to take examinations given by the Board of Certification of the American Society of Clinical Pathology. Employment opportunities include laboratories in hospitals, medical offices, industry, and research facilities.

Students in this program may be exposed to blood-borne pathogens and infectious diseases through the provision of clinical services. It is for this reason that students are provided instruction on infectious diseases, mechanisms of disease transmission, and infection control procedures to reduce the risk of disease transmission, including those published by national public health agencies, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For more information, please refer to our student OSHA hazardous communication standard (PDF) and student exposure classification bloodborne pathogens (PDF) forms.

Why Choose Central Piedmont

Our program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). Our past graduates have a 100 % pass rate on Board of Certification of the American Society of Clinical Pathology exams.

Real World Education

At Central Piedmont, your education goes beyond what you learn in class. We offer numerous opportunities for you to enhance your learning — and to make friends, network, and pursue your passions — through clubs and organizations, sports, events and activities, leadership opportunities, job experience, volunteer experiences, visual and performing arts, and even international experiences.

The Details

  • Program Options

    Earn an Associate in Applied Science in medical laboratory technology. The college catalog details the medical laboratory technology program options currently available at Central Piedmont as well as program eligibility and course requirements. If you would like information on opportunities to transfer associate degree credit to a four-year institution, please visit the Transfer Resource Center.

    Visiting Students

    If you wish to transfer medical laboratory technology course credit back to your home institution, explore how to enroll at Central Piedmont as a visiting student.

    Corporate and Continuing Education

    Central Piedmont's Corporate and Continuing Education provides non-credit, non-degree courses and programs, including job skills, industry-focused career training, certificates, certifications, professional licensure, and personal enrichment. Day, evening, weekend, and online opportunities are available.

    College and Career Readiness

    If you are looking for programs to gain the knowledge or skills necessary to finish a high school degree or to get a job, visit Central Piedmont's College and Career Readiness.

    College Credit for High School Students

    Visit Career and College Promise to learn about opportunities for high school students to earn college credit at Central Piedmont.

  • Medical Laboratory Technology Program Requirements and Application

    Applicants must verify, by transcript, successful completion of a high school or college level chemistry course with a grade of "C" or better within the last 10 years. If you have never taken a chemistry course, this prerequisite can also be met by taking CHM 090 at Central Piedmont. As a condition of program admissions, students are required to verify that they are United States citizens or are otherwise legally authorized residents of the United States. For detailed information on medical laboratory technology course and program requirements, visit the Central Piedmont Community College catalog.

    Please note that students in this field are at a higher risk than the general population for Hepatitis B. If admitted into the program, is to your advantage to start the vaccination process (PDF) for Hepatitis B as soon as you learn of your acceptance. Medical history and documentation forms will be distributed at the orientation following acceptance. Any applicant who is aware that they are carriers of Hepatitis B or C or are HIV positive are required to advise the State Department of Human Resources regarding ability to have patient contact. Students accepted into this program will be required to read and sign a bloodborne pathogen Form and OSHA's hazard communication form at the mandatory orientation session for new students.

    All applicants are required to undergo a criminal background check and drug screen per clinical agency and healthcare system requirements. More information on how to complete these requirements will be provided upon acceptance. If you are refused access to clinical experiences because of a positive criminal background check or drug screen, you will be unable to complete the clinical component of the course. Inability to complete the clinical requirements will result in a failure to progress in the program. Under North Carolina law some people with criminal backgrounds may be eligible for an expunction to remove charges or convictions from their record. If you would like to know whether or not you are eligible, contact Central Piedmont's Single Stop at 704.330.2722, ext. 6435 or email singlestop@cpcc.edu to schedule a legal consultation. To learn more about expunctions, explore the NC Justice Center’s guide.

    Medical Laboratory Technology Essential Functions

    Review the program essential functions (PDF) before applying for the program to determine if medical laboratory technology is right for you.

    Medical Laboratory Technology Program Application

    The medical laboratory technology program s a competitive enrollment program. Each year a maximum of 24 students are selected. Students are ranked according to the score on their program application. If you are not accepted and you wish to reapply in the future, you must complete a new program application. 

  • Locations

    Please note that course offerings and availability are subject to change from semester to semester. Always confirm which courses are required to complete this program in the college catalog and confirm where courses are available using Schedule Builder.

  • Course Delivery Methods

    • Classroom/Lab/Clinical
    • Combined (Classroom/Lab/Clinical and Online)

    Please note that course offerings and availability are subject to change from semester to semester. Always confirm which courses are required to complete this program in the college catalog and confirm course delivery methods using Schedule Builder.

  • Medical Laboratory Technician Careers

    Graduates are eligible to take examinations given by the Board of Certification of the American Society of Clinical Pathology. Employment opportunities include laboratories in hospitals, medical offices, industry, and research facilities. Visit Central Piedmont’s Career Coach or the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for detailed medical laboratory technician career opportunities, salary information, and job openings.

  • Costs and Aid

    Central Piedmont provides real-world, affordable, hands-on education and career training. Learn how much it costs to attend Central Piedmont. Financial aid and scholarships are available.

    Medical Laboratory Technology Program Costs

    In addition to regular tuition and fees, there are laboratory fees assigned to courses with a lab/clinical component. Additional costs include textbooks, workbooks, medical fees for a physical exam, and drug screening and immunizations.

    Medical Laboratory Technology Scholarships

    In particular, students interested in the medical laboratory technology program should consider the following scholarships. Please note that many scholarships are managed by organizations outside of Central Piedmont.

  • Attend and Information Session

    Come learn more about the medical laboratory technology program at a Health Professions and Human Services Open House.

    Date:

    • Tuesday, September 24, 2019, 5 — 7 p.m.

    Location:

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