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Medical Laboratory Technology Overview

Medical Laboratory Technology - Professor Video

Medical Laboratory Technology - Student Video

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.

Medical Lab Tech working with samples

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 advisor 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.

Click here for additional Application Criteria.


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

Click here for entrance requirements and a complete list of courses by semester for the Associate in Applied Science Degree.