Over 70% of medical decisions made by physicians are based on information obtained from lab tests. This information comes from the work of the medical laboratory technician, a vital part of the health care team, performing a full range of tests in hematology, chemistry, microbiology and blood banking, and helping to diagnose a variety of diseases and blood disorders.
The Medical Laboratory Technology program at Greenville Technical College will give you the skills you need to fill this important, behind the scenes role in medical care. Thanks to a combination of classroom and hands-on experiences, you’ll be well prepared to perform a full range of testing and confirm its accuracy.
A career you can count on
Due to changes occurring in health care, there is a bright outlook for employment for the Greenville Technical College MLT graduate. Currently, there is a nationwide shortage of medical laboratory professionals, which is expected to increase salaries and other benefits including relocation bonuses and educational assistance. Opportunities are found in hospitals, physician's offices, medical research facilities, industrial laboratories and government agencies.
- National employment statistics and employment expectations are available through the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- Learn about real-time job openings and salary information through Career Coach.
What you’ll learn in the program
During the courses of study, students will focus on the six main areas of the laboratory:
The study of blood cells(red cells, white cells and platelets) and related diseases (anemia and leukemia)
The study of the ability of blood to clot and related diseases (hemophilia)
The study of the components of urine and related diseases (glomerulonephritis)
The study of pathogenic microorganisms and related diseases (Strep throat)
- Immunohematology (blood banking)
The study of blood types, blood components, and transfusion testing
- Clinical Chemistry
The study of dissolved substances (glucose) in the blood and the related diseases (Diabetes Mellitus)
Is MLT right for you?
Medical Laboratory Technologists typically
- Want a career in healthcare with minimal patient contact
- Like to solve problems
- Enjoyed Biology and Chemistry classes
- Have good motor skills, eye-hand coordination and dexterity
Accreditation and Certification
The Medical Laboratory Technology Program at Greenville Technical College is accredited by the
National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS)
5600 N. River Road, Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018
Upon graduation from the MLT program, students are encouraged to take a national certification exam. Most clinical laboratories require new graduates to become certified within one year of graduation in order to maintain employment. Several agencies offer certification exams, but the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) offers the most widely accepted exam. Successful completion of the ASCP exam indicates that an individual has demonstrated the crucial knowledge required by a medical laboratory technician to accurately perform his/her job duties.
In addition to national certification, some states require that MLTs obtain a state license to work in the profession. However, currently South Carolina is not one of these states.
Greenville Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees, diplomas and certificates. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Greenville Technical College.
Program details and courses
Medical Laboratory Technology
Associate in Applied Science
This program trains students to analyze human blood, body fluids, or tissue samples to detect and diagnose diseases using microscopes, blood analyzers, and other scientific equipment.
This program is located at Greenville Technical College's Northwest Campus on White Horse Road in Berea.
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MLT Program Requirements
In addition to Greenville Technical College admissions process, outlined in these Enrollment Steps, students interested in a program in the Health and Wellness Division must also successfully complete the following:
Participating in a Career Talk session for your program is a requirement for all Health and Wellness Division students. The MLT Career Talk is online - please contact Tiffany.Whittle@gvltec.edu for access.
The MLT program strictly adheres to all the Health and Wellness Division policies, which are detailed on the division admissions information page.
Supplemental Admissions Process
Students are accepted into the MLT program through a weighted admission process. Weighted admission forms for each upcoming Fall Semester will be accepted May 15 through June 15 at the MLT faculty office (room 218) at the Northwest Campus.
MLT Weighted Admissions Form (pdf)
MLT program applicants are required to complete the Test of Essential Academic Skills (ATI TEAS®) prior to submitting a weighted admission form for program admission. Scores from the TEAS test will be used in the point calculations on the Weighted Admission form. Please see full details in the TEAS Information Sheet (pdf).
Upon graduation from the MLT program, students are encouraged to take a national certification exam. Most clinical laboratories require new graduates to become certified within one year of graduation in order to maintain employment. Several agencies offer certification exams, but the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) offers the most widely accepted exam. Successful completion of the ASCP exam indicates that an individual has demonstrated the crucial knowledge required by a medical laboratory technician to accurately perform his/her job duties. The results for the last four graduating classes from the Greenville Technical College MLT program are shown below.
Outcomes as defined by National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
ASCP Certification Pass Rate: Number of students that successfully complete the national certification exam on the first attempt within one year of graduation
Graduation rate: Number of students that started the “final half” of program and graduated
Attrition rate: Number of students that started the “final half” of program and subsequently left (voluntarily or involuntarily)
Placement rate: Number of graduates who found employment in the field (or a closely related field) and/or continued their education within one year of graduation
MLT Student Handbook (pdf)