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Medical Laboratory Technology

The College of The Albemarle Medical Laboratory Technology Program prepares individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to perform routine clinical laboratory procedures in chemistry, hematology, microbiology, and immunohematology that may be used in the maintenance of health and diagnosis/treatment of diseases. The COA Medical Laboratory Technology Program mission is to provide education and training in the field of clinical laboratory science while maintaining high standards of instruction and service delivery. This is accomplished by providing theory and clinical experiences in a professional environment that is conductive to the diverse learning needs of students.

Graduates may be eligible to take examinations given by the Board of Registry of Medical Technologists of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists or the National Certifying Agency. College of The Albemarle is fully accredited from the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science - 8410 West Bryn Mawr Ave., Suite 670, Chicago, IL 60631-3415, (773) 714-8880. Upon the college earning accreditation, graduates will be eligible to take the American Society of Clinical Pathology Board of Registry exam, or another certifying exam, to become national certified as a Medical Laboratory Technician/Clinical Laboratory Technician. 

Medical Laboratory Technology Handbook

Program brochure


James A. White, BSN, RN
Director, Health Sciences and Wellness Programs Admissions/Advisement
Elizabeth City Office: OC107 
252-335-0821 ext. 2304

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Medical Laboratory Technology program is competitive. Applicants must meet specific requirements and take the TEAS test to be considered for admission. The links below will provide you with the necessary information on the program specific admission requirements and TEAS testing.

Video of the Health Sciences Admission Process

Admission Requirements Fact Sheet

TEAS Testing Information

Health Sciences Program Comparison

Pre-admission requirements:

Complete and submit a written COA Application for Admission.

Bring or send an official high school transcript and official post-secondary transcript (if applicable).

Achieve minimum English, Math and Reading competencies.

Achieve and maintain a 2.5 minimum cumulative grade point average beginning Fall 2007 - Applicants must have completed one unit of biology in high school with a "C" or higher or the equivalent at a post secondary institution (BIO 090 or higher). Applicants must have completed one unit of chemistry in high school with a "C" or higher or the equivalent at a post secondary institution (CHM 090 or higher). An official transcript must be provided. Achieve at or above all the set score of the TEAS test for the Medical Laboratory Technology program. Complete the Medical Laboratory Technology application. Attend the Medical Laboratory Technology pre-admission meeting.


Hospital laboratories
Reference laboratories
Physician office laboratories
Forensic laboratories
State Department of Health
Fertility clinics
Veterinary laboratories
Pharmaceutical / Biotech industry

According to the March 2009, ASCP LABMEDICINE Wage and Vacancy Survey, the median annual salary for a full-time Medical Laboratory Technician is $38,438 or $18.48 per hour.

Career Resources

American Medical Technologists

Occupational Outlook Handbook - Clinical Laboratory Techs

Career Services

Transferring to a Four-Year College or University

Winston Salem State University (WSSU) and other UNC system universities has Medical Lab Tech (MLT) to Clinical Lab Science (CLS) transfer programs. For more information go to the links below.

ECU MLT to CLS Pathway

WSSU MLT to CLS program (Online)

Faculty and Staff

Terri R. Riddick, BS, MT (ASCP), MPA
Assistant Professor/Program Director


The MLT Program is housed in the Owens Center. The student lab is located in OC 215. The last semester of the program consist of clinical "hands-on" training in area hospital laboratories.

The student lab is equipped with various pieces of clinical grade equipment (microscopes, hematology analyzers, chemistry analyzers, etc). This enables the student to have mastery of various techniques prior to entering into the clinical practicum portion of the program.


Curriculum Guide


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