New River CTC medical laboratory technician students celebrate National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week

New River CTC MLT students, faculty and staff. Front row (l to r) Jennifer Stover, Kimberley Cozart, Sabrina Wallace and Kelsea Blevins. Back row (l to r) Administrative Associate Tamara Rahal, Karmen Dixon, MLT Program Director Diane Tyson, MLT Instructor Robert Stanton and Alisia Shrewsberry.

[BEAVER, W.Va.] New River Community and Technical College’s medical laboratory technician students celebrated National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, April 22-28, 2018.

“Laboratory professionals play a vital role in health care. They perform phlebotomy and analyze tissues, blood and body fluids to help physicians diagnose and treat diseases or monitor a patient’s health,” MLT Program Director Diane Tyson explained. “There is a critical shortage of trained and certified laboratory professionals nationwide, and the shortage in southern West Virginia is becoming a health care crisis.”

MLT graduates from the college’s 2017 cohort had a 100% pass rate on their certification exam and are employed in their field.

New River CTC’s MLT program prepares graduates for technician-level positions in clinical laboratory environments in hospitals, physician’s offices, commercial laboratories, biotechnology, research laboratories, pharmaceutical companies and veterinary laboratories.

The MLT program is a selective admission program, meaning that students must apply to and be accepted into the program before enrolling in program coursework. Prerequisite courses include chemistry, anatomy and physiology, college algebra and phlebotomy.

The Higher Learning Commission granted the college approval to offer the degree program in 2016. New River CTC is currently seeking accreditation of the MLT program from the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, allowing students to be eligible to sit for the national certification examination.

For more information about the MLT program, contact Tyson at 304-929-5038 or For information on admissions and the programs offered at New River CTC, email or call 866-349-3739.

New River Community and Technical College serves nine counties in southeastern West Virginia from the Greenbrier Valley Campus (Lewisburg), Mercer County Campus (Princeton), Nicholas County Campus (Summersville) and Raleigh County Campus (Beaver/Beckley).