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New River CTC Accepting Applications for Medical Lab Technician Program

- 4/5/2017
New River CTC accepting applications for Medical Laboratory Technician program

New River Community and Technical College is accepting applications for fall for the Associate of Applied Science in Medical Laboratory Technician program offered at the Raleigh County Campus, Beaver.

“New River CTC’s Medical Laboratory Technician program is an outstanding option for those looking for careers in allied health,” said MLT Program Director Diane Tyson.

Medical laboratory technicians perform phlebotomy and analyze tissues, blood and body fluids to help physicians diagnose and treat diseases or monitor a patient’s health. 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.

“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,” Tyson explained. “We’re excited to be able to offer the program to meet the need in our area, and our students are excited about the opportunities this career path will give them.”

Latosha Traynham studied biology and taught for seven years in the public school system before deciding to make a career change and enrolling at New River CTC in the MLT program.

“This is a wonderful program to be a part of,” Traynham said. “Becoming a certified medical laboratory technician will help me build a career with opportunity for advancement.”

Community members interested in learning more about the program can experience the role of medical laboratory technicians in a health care setting and meet students and faculty during the college’s Health Professions: Meet-Try-Apply event on the Raleigh County Campus, 280 University Drive, Beaver, Tuesday, April 25 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

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 over the summer, and the first class of students are entering their second semester of study. New River CTC is currently seeking accreditation of the MLT program from the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences and anticipates the self-study to be complete by September 2017, allowing students to be eligible to sit for the national certification examination.

For further information about the program, contact Tyson at 304-929-5038 or

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).