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MLT numbers at all-time high

Monday, November 8, 2010   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Andrea Yoxall
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Student enrollment for the Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) program at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School in Liberal, Kansas, is at an all-time high.

 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. 

Currently enrolled students reside in Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Maryland, California, Michigan, and Oregon. 

Medical Laboratory 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 suzanne.campbell@sccc.edu.  


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