Medical Laboratory Technology Overview

Thank you for your interest in the Medical Laboratory Technology Program at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College. Please read the following information thoroughly. Admission to the program is competitive. We want to make sure you have the best possible chance of being selected by completing all processes and submitting all necessary application documents completely, correctly and by the deadline!

This curriculum prepares individuals to perform clinical laboratory procedures in chemistry, hematology, microbiology, and immunohematology that may be used in the maintenance of health and diagnosis/treatment of disease.

Course work emphasizes mathematical and scientific concepts related to specimen collection, laboratory testing and procedures, quality assurance, and reporting/recording and interpreting findings involving tissues, blood, and body fluids.

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. Employment opportunities include laboratories in hospitals, medical offices, industry and research facilities.

Admissions Procedures:

Apply: February 2, 2015 through March 13, 2015

Please call the Admissions Office if you have any questions: (828) 398-7577, (828) 398-7578, (828) 398-7887, or (828) 398-7576 or email us at

Summary of Application Period and Process:

Apply  -  February 2, 2015 through March 13, 2015. All deadlines and requirements must be met to be eligible to apply.

All students must review the online admissions guide and complete the self-assessment for program admission before meeting with an advisor to discuss their program(s) of interest. Distance student services are also available for students living outside of Buncombe County or its adjacent counties. Please call (828) 398-7591 for assistance or contact You are encouraged to view the online admissions overview early and often to ensure you fully understand the application process and deadlines. To access the Competitive Admissions Overview and assessment, please go to

How to Apply:

  1. Complete and submit the standard A-B Tech admission application online at (This is NOT an application to a competitive Allied Health program; that will be done separately AFTER you meet with an adivsor in the Bailey Building and are approved as eligible to apply.)
  2. Students must certify on their College application that they are a high school graduate from a valid institution, an adult high school graduate from a valid institution, or have a valid GED. High school graduation or the equivalent from a regionally accredited, valid institution is generally required for Financial Aid purposes. You must have this high school equivalency by the first day of classes for the fall semester 2015 to enter the competitive allied health programs. All medical Laboratory Technology program applicants will be required to submit an official high school transcript (or proof of the equivalency) to the department upon admission.
  3. Applicants must complete FOCUS 2 online career and educational planning assessment prior to meeting with an academic advisor to apply for any Allied Health program. The assessment is available on the Career Development Services web page ( FOCUS 2 must be completed by 3:00 p.m. on March 13, 2015.
  4. Applicants must take the College placement assessment in Reading/English and math or submit SAT/ACT scores (taken within the last five years). See Application Criteria link below for minimum test scores required.

For additional Application Criteria, click HERE.


Program Outcomes - Success Factors

  • AB Tech Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) graduates achieved a 100% pass rate on the American Society for Clinical Pathologist Board of Certification Exam - 2014 Graduating Class
  • The 2014 Graduating MLT Class secured 100% employment rate within four months of graduation.


Specific Entrance Requirements

    1. See an advisor in the Bailey Building as this program is now based on modified competitive admissions.
    2. General college admission requirements.
    3. High School units:
      1. High school level chemistry or college level Chemistry 092 required.
      2. Biology strongly recommended.
      3. Acceptable reports of medical examinations by first day of Practicum
      4. MLT 252.
      5. Completion of required immunizations including one dose of Hepatitis B vaccine.
      6. The College refund policy applies if a student drops the program after being   denied clinical site privileges.


Click HERE for a complete list of courses and a semester by semester break down of classes for the Associate in Applied Science Degree.

Accredited by:

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
5600 North River Road
Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018
Phone: 773-714-8880

American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP)