Medical Laboratory Technology (Associate of Applied Science)

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is MLT and where can I be employed?

MLT is Medical Laboratory Technology. Medical Laboratory Technologists perform diagnostic testing on patient blood and body fluids, so that physicians can determine a patient diagnosis, recommend treatment/therapy, and follow patient treatments. Employment can be found in hospital clinical laboratories, urgent care facilities, doctor’s offices, large corporation labs such as Quest and LabCorp, and the American Red Cross among others.

What job skills are needed to be successful in the MLT program and as a professional?

To be successful in the MLT Program you must have a desire to work in a science-oriented field and have good attention to detail. You should also have good organizational skills, manual dexterity, be able to perform several tasks at one time, and have good written and conversational skills.

The medical lab technologist is unique in the healthcare setting because the MLT rarely or never works with patients in the clinical/hospital setting.

Is the MLT program accredited?

The MLT Program is fully accredited by the National Association for the Advancement of Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).

Is admission to the program very competitive? How and when are admission decisions made?

Twenty-four (24) students will be admitted to the  2022 MLT Class. In  2021, there were approximately 15 qualified applicants to be considered. Criteria used in the selection of students includes: (1) interviews, if necessary, (2) TEAS entrance test results, if necessary, (3) overall G.P.A. Testing will begin in late May, if necessary and interviews will take place in June, if needed.  . Applicants are notified in writing of the action taken by the MLT Admissions Committee in late May. Meeting the admission criteria does not guarantee program admission nor does completion of the CSC Introduction to MLT. However, please note that in the past three years, we have not interviewed or tested for admission into the program as the number of qualified applicants did not exceed the total number of seats for the program.

What are the minimum requirements of the program?

College-level prerequisites must be completed with a grade of “C” or better:

ENG 111 and SDV 101–Orientation to Health Professions–completed by end of Spring  22.  Note: Transcripts will be evaluated for any transfer credits that can be substituted

Please note that BIO 141 and CHM 101 are included in the fall semester of the MLT program but are not considered prerequisites for the program.  You need to be aware of the following prerequisites for those courses.

  • BIO 141 (Human Anatomy and Physiology I)
    Notes: It must be completed within the five years prior to fall 2022. BIO 101 is a required prerequisite for Bio 141 course at VWCC (must have Bio 101/NAS 2 within 3 years, “C” or higher, to be allowed to register for Bio 141). A challenge exam is available for Bio 141(to be placed into BIO 141 without completion of either BIO 101 or NAS 2) for those who feel their prior knowledge is sufficient to pass the exam (speak to advisor for guidance). Please note that successful completion of math units 1-5 is a prerequisite for the BIO 101/NAS 2 at VWCC.
  • CHM 101–Prerequisite: Math units 1-5 completed or tested out of within the last five years or completion of a higher level math course

Prerequisites do not have to be complete prior to an early application, but they must be complete by the end of spring 2022  to be eligible for the fall 2022 program.

A high school diploma or equivalent is required. You must have a cumulative college GPA of 2.0 or above at the end of the 2021 Fall semester. GED holders will be considered for admission if they completed all pre-requisite requirements (“C” or better) and if they have generated a college GPA based on over 12 credits, it must be ≥ 2.5. If your GPA is not above a 2.5, you are encouraged to seek advising from Miss Woody (advisor) or Ms. Rhonda Perdue (another Health Profession Advisor) about how this will impact your eligibility and how to improve your GPA.

Is there a waiting list? Are there classes I can take before entering the program?

There is not a waiting list. All applicants who meet the deadline and are minimally qualified will be considered for the program. The MLT program is science intensive, so some applicants elect to complete general support classes such as Chemistry 101 while they are being considered (grades must be a “C” or better). It should be understood that these general education or support courses are not the same as required prerequisites (addressed in a previous question). You may view a listing of curriculum requirements in the “MLT” section of the college catalog. Interested students are encouraged to work with one of the pre-MLT advisors (Woody or Perdue) to see if taking support classes is feasible based on their individual circumstances (taking in consideration whether they are students part-time, full-time, financial circumstances, holding a job, etc.) keeping in mind this is a restricted program and only 24 students are accepted once a year.

Can the program be taken at night or on a part-time basis?

The core MLT courses must be taken in sequence as outlined in the college catalog (including a summer semester). The core program coursework is only offered during the day. Clinical will begin the second eight weeks of the second spring semester and the internship will be the final summer semester.

Why are some support classes within the AAS MLT not covered by Financial Aid (FA) in the CSC: Introduction to MLT?

The CSC: Introduction to MLT consist of specific coursework that is designed to allow applicants to the MLT program to complete some of the courses required within the AAS and to also offer a job skill option to applicants in case of non-admittance to the program. Not all prerequisite and support classes are included in the CSC.  The MTH 155 is not included in the CSC and the course options offer PSY 230 OR PHI 220.  If you are using FA to cover the cost of classes, FA will not cover the cost of both PSY 230 and PHI 220 nor will it cover cost of the MTH 155 course and will only cover one of either BIO 142 or CHM 101 as both are not included in the CSC. If you wish to complete those courses prior to entry, you need to plan to pay for those courses out of pocket.  If you are accepted into the AAS MLT program, at that time, FA will then cover those courses.  The plan change for accepted students, to be placed into the AAS program from the CSC, typically occurs in late May or early June for the accepted students.

Who are the advisors for the MLT program? When and how do I contact them?

Ms. Rhonda Perdue provides advising about applying and preparing for the MLT curriculum for continuing VWCC students. Rhonda Perdue can assist with career planning and course selections and may be able to assist with preliminary information.  You may schedule an advising appointment, if you are a VWCC student, using Navigate with Ms. Perdue.  If you are a new student, please schedule your first advising appointment with a New Student Advisor, using Navigate https://www.virginiawestern.edu/advising/new-student-advising/ (advising based on last name).   Pam Woody is the Health Careers Specialist who processes your file and determines current GPA, completes evaluation of previously completed course work and determines transfer of credit, and if the prerequisites are met. She may be available to advise you after your academic application file is complete (all official transcripts have been received and reviewed), at which time she will mail you an “Advising Letter”. The advising form letter will give you important details about your prerequisites, career support classes, transfer of credit, and etc.  Please note if you do not receive the Advising Letter, you will not be considered for the fall program as this indicates official document(s) are missing from your academic file in the Health Profession Office. You need to verify receipt of all academic submissions if you do not receive the Advising Letter within four to five weeks upon submission of any application materials to Pam Woody in the School of Health Professions.  (Exception is March  through June prior to fall start due to program deadlines and acceptance occurring during those months.) For information on the application process, you may follow the checklist for application located under the “forms” section of each website or contact Ms. Yolanda Brown at ybrown@virginiawestern.edu or contact a team of advisors at healthprofessions@virginiawestern.edu.

What process do I follow if I want to apply for a future year?

If you are interested in taking classes to prepare for future entry into the program, but you are unsure when you will be eligible, please submit the current MLT application form with the appropriate transcripts. This will allow us to help you plan and suggest proper courses to begin your studies. By submitting now you may benefit from advising by the Health Careers Information Specialist, who will be able to discuss your transcript(s), placement testing, prerequisites, support classes, etc. and complete any needed transfer evaluations for you (if applicable).  You may include a note that you are applying for a future year or mark through the application year on the actual program application and include the year you are planning to apply.

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Est. Tuition*: $
Credits: 71 Hours
Time: 2 Years

*Estimated cost reflects in-state rate and is subject to change

ADVISING

healthprofessions@virginiawestern.edu
 Fralin Center HP214A or HP339
New Students: Chapman Hall
 540-857-6325 or 857-6644
Fax: 540-857-6640

Mailing address:
School of Health Professions
3091 Colonial Ave., SW
Roanoke, VA 24015

PROGRAM HEAD

Jeffrey S. Gillette
Professor, Medical Lab Technology
jgillette@virginiawestern.edu

A.A.S. – Monroe Community College, 1985
B.S. – Daemen College, 1987
M.S. – University of Rochester, 1993
Ph.D. – N.C. State University, 2000

SCHOOL OF HEALTH PROFESSIONS

Martha Sullivan, Dean