MLT numbers at all-time high
Monday, November 8, 2010
Posted by: Andrea Yoxall
enrollment for the Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) program at Seward County
Community College/Area Technical School in Liberal, Kansas, is at an all-time
Currently, 21 students are enrolled in
the second-year core curriculum.
Previously, the average number of second-year students ranged from
10-12. The MLT program is offered
in an online format thus allowing students from any geographical region to
enroll in the program. The only
requirement is that program officials must be able to secure a full-service
hospital laboratory to serve as a clinical affiliate site for the student.
enrolled students reside in Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Maryland, California,
Michigan, and Oregon.
Technicians (MLTs) work together with a team of pathologists, physicians, and
specialists to determine the presence, extent or absence of disease and provide
data needed to evaluate the effectiveness of treatment. MLTs must be accurate,
reliable, have an interest in science, and be able to recognize their
responsibility for human lives. The laboratory procedures performed by MLTs use
an array of complex precision instruments and a variety of automated and
electronic equipment. The medical
laboratory science profession is currently experiencing a 10-20 percent
nationwide vacancy rate for MLTs. Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas are experiencing
a combined rate of 33 percent vacancy in this field.
Among the students enrolled in the
program are Stephanie Bernthal,
Valentine, Neb.; Lindsey Bowling, Blackwell, Okla.; Dayna Barkdoll, Junction
City; Johanna Degollado, Ulysses; Leah Johnson, Manhattan; Reba Lasseur, Bend,
Oreg.; Santiago Leon, Liberal; Courtney (Brooke) Lohr, St. Francis; Tiana
Stebens, Deerfield; Kristen Wheeler, Westmoreland; Shawn Cole, Redding, Calif.;
Courtney Cline, Garden City; Kendra Stephens, Alva, Okla.; Rahel Haile, Silver
Springs, MD; Noemi Navarrate, Deerfield; and Sarah Zamatis, Manhattan.
For enrollment information, contact Dr.
Suzanne Campbell, MLT program coordinator, at 620-417-1403, toll free at
1-800-373-9951 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.