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COA Medical Lab Tech Program Celebrates 100% Pass Rate

College of The Albemarle’s Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) graduates of 2019 achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the American Society of Clinical Pathology Board of Certification (ASCP BOC) exam.

The four graduates of the program achieved the certification on their first attempt of taking the exam. In addition, all of the graduates are gainfully employed, receiving offers within two months of graduating from the associate degree program.

Terri Riddick has been program coordinator of the MLT program since its implementation in 2009. She explained that the facilities in the college’s service area and in the Tidewater area of Virginia require students to have the certification to maintain employment. MLT graduates can be hired before they take the exam, but are given a certain amount of time to take and pass the ASCP BOC exam.

“I am really proud of this group and how hard they worked,” Riddick shared. “The ASCP BOC exam is pretty intensive and for all of the students to pass on the first try, and receive job offers quickly, really demonstrates the efforts they put into the studies. This is what the mission of the program is all about: to train individuals to go into the workforce.”