Medical Laboratory Technology

Contact(s): Melissa Jackson

The mission of Stanly Community College’s Medical Laboratory Technology program is to train laboratory professionals who will make a positive impact in healthcare through leadership that will assure excellence in the practice of laboratory medicine.

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

Students who successfully complete the program are eligible to take the national certification examination administered by the Board of Registry of American Society for Clinical Pathology and become a certified Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) (ASCP). With additional education and/or technical experience, graduates may also advance in the field to become a technologist, research specialist, manager, or educator. The Medical Laboratory/Clinical Laboratory Science field allows students to advance to a BS in Laboratory Science, a Master’s degree in Molecular Diagnostics, and a doctorate degree as a DCLS (Doctorate in Clinical Laboratory Science).

Employment opportunities for graduates include laboratories in hospitals, medical offices, industry, and research facilities.

Learning Outcomes

  • Collect, prepare and evaluate biological specimens and other substances for analysis used in the diagnosis and treatment of patients.
  • Discriminate and properly document the accuracy and validity of laboratory information.
  • Appraise principles and practices of quality assessment.
  • Interpret clinical signs, specimen types, and results of culture.
  • Perform critical thinking, problem solving, and troubleshooting techniques.
  • Demonstrate communication skills sufficient to serve the needs of the patient, the public, and members of the healthcare team and technical ability sufficient to train new employees.
  • Recall and apply concepts and skills necessary to perform as a medical laboratory technician.


The SCC Medical Laboratory Technology Program is accredited by:

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
5600 N. River Rd. Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119
(847) 939-3597
(773) 714-8880
(773) 714-8886 (FAX)

Medical Laboratory Technology – Associate in Applied Science – A45420

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredit Hours
ACA 111 College Student Success 1
BIO 163 Basic Anatomy & Physiology 5
CHM 131 Introduction to Chemistry 3
CHM 131A Introduction to Chemistry Lab 1
MLT 110 Introduction to Mlt 3
MLT 126 Immunology and Serology 2
MLT 127 Transfusion Medicine 3
 Credit Hours18
CHM 132 Organic and Biochemistry 4
CIS 110 Introduction to Computers 3
MED 120 Survey of Medical Terminology 2
MLT 120 Hematology/Hemostasis I 4
MLT 140 Introduction to Microbiology 3
MLT 111 Urinalysis & Body Fluids 2
 Credit Hours18
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry 3
MLT 220 Hematology/Hemostasis II 3
MLT 253 MLT Practicum I 3
 Credit Hours9
Second Year
ENG 112
Writing and Research in the Disciplines
or Professional Research & Reporting
MAT 152 Statistical Methods I 4
MLT 130 Clinical Chemistry I 4
MLT 240 Special Clinical Microbiology 3
MLT 265 MLT Practicum II 5
 Credit Hours19
MLT 217 Professional Issues 1
MLT 275 MLT Practicum III 5
Elective (Humanities or Social Science) * 3
Elective (Humanities or Social Science) * 3
 Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours76

*Please see the Suggested Humanities and Social/Behavioral Science Elective List for AAS Majors webpage.