Program Mission Statement

The Associate of Applied Science degree in Medical Laboratory Technology provides the academic and practical experience necessary to attain entry-level competency in the practice field. This educational model has a strong academic structure and offers intensive technical development. This model also emphasizes the critical importance of leadership in the field of clinical laboratory science through the application of principles related to problem solving and evaluation, education, communication, research and management. The faculty of the MLT Program has a responsibility for the impact the student enrolled in the MLT Program may have on patient testing. In order to fulfill this responsibility, the program has established minimum technical standards that must be met, with or without reasonable documented accommodation, in order to participate in the program and graduate.

Program Philosophy

The philosophy of the Medical Laboratory Technician program at New River Community and Technical College is to ensure that students are exposed to unique and dynamic experiences in order to develop entry level MLT practitioners that have acquired a body of knowledge and skills.

The program is based on the altruistic and compassionate values shared by the Medical Laboratory profession and New River Community and Technical College which acknowledge the significance of human differences and promote respect for the dignity of the individual.

Program Outcomes

The overall goal of the program is to prepare graduates who are knowledgeable and respected medical laboratory technicians, and who are lifelong learners with the potential for progression to clinical laboratory scientists and leadership as supervisors, manager, and educators. The primary goals of the program are:

  • To train competent and reliable medical laboratory technicians for successful employment
  • To provide well-trained medical laboratory technicians to meet hospital and community needs
  • To provide educational programs and experiences in all sections of the clinical laboratory
  • To provide sufficient didactic and technical information for the student to understand analytical processes, interpret analytical results and appreciate the clinical significance of analyses performed in a modern clinical laboratory
  • To develop in the student the technical laboratory skills to perform manual and automated procedures with confidence and reliability
  • To provide instruction in laboratory instrumentation, quality control and quality assurance, laboratory management, research and educational methodology
  • To provide a stimulating atmosphere to encourage continuing education of clinical laboratory technicians
  • To have the student achieve passing scores on external certification and licensure examinations
  • To develop flexibility to adapt to changing need, new procedures and new topics in clinical laboratory science practice
  • To maintain the standards of the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
  • To instill in the student an awareness of themselves as professionals and an awareness of their responsibility to the growth of their profession

Program Supporting Goals

  • To obtain the appropriate resources for the MLT Program to support retention of qualified faculty and staff; operating and capital expenses (including but not limited to equipment, supplies, and technology for instructional purposes); program space; library and learning resources; student services; and technical support
  • To maintain appropriate admissions processes, criteria, and program prerequisites to facilitate successful program completion
  • To align program enrollment with available resources
  • To maintain qualified adjunct and supporting faculty
  • To ensure qualified clinical education affiliate faculty are supervising students and providing development activities for clinical education affiliate faculty as resources allow