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Medical Laboratory Technology


The Medical Laboratory Technology Program was developed to fulfill southern West Virginia’s need for qualified Medical Laboratory Technicians (MLT). There is a growing demand for Medical Laboratory Technicians in West Virginia as well as the country. These professional and competent laboratory personnel who are certified to examine and analyze laboratory specimens are essential to the delivery of quality health care. Although graduates generally work in hospitals, clinics, or doctor’s offices, opportunities also exist in commercial or pharmaceutical industries, scientific research, and infection control in both the public and private sectors. Southern’s program aims at helping students attain the basic knowledge and skills necessary to begin their career in the field of Medical Laboratory Technology.

July 1, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education implemented regulations (Regulation 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v)) which require Southern WV Community and Technical College’s Associate Programs to provide a list of all states/jurisdictions where the institution’s curriculum meets state educational requirements for professional licensure or certification.

“There are currently 11 states with laboratory personnel licensure (California, Hawaii, Florida, New York, North Dakota, Tennessee, Louisiana, Nevada, West Virginia, Montana, Georgia). Puerto Rico also has licensure. The components of the law vary state-to-state, but usually includes an annual licensing fee (some are bi-annual), a provision for continuing education, a minimum education and professional competency requirements.

“If a … or Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) plans to locate in a state with licensure, that state should be contacted for specific information relative to that state’s laboratory practice act. This contact should be made as early as possible after the location decision has been made. Most states (except California) require documentation of certification from an acceptable certification agency. Other things to expect are fingerprinting (Louisiana, possibly other states), documentation of certification, and documentation of education, training, and competency. Some states require documentation of a defined number of contact hours prior to issuing a license. California does not recognize any certification or any other state license. Check with other states regarding reciprocity; most give reciprocity for another state license as stringent or more stringent than that state.

“Check with the state regarding trainee licenses or other requirements for new graduates without a valid license in that state.”

Source:  American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science

The following is a list of the states with laboratory personnel licensure and compliance by Southern WV Community and Technical College’s Medical Laboratory Technician Program to the best of our knowledge.


State requiring MLT Licensure Licensing Agency Accepted or Accredited Program Southern WV CTC Compliant
California ASCP certification accepted Yes
Florida CLIA High Complexity Testing eligible Yes
Georgia Facilities are licensed.  MLTs must have national certification (ASCP). Yes
Hawaii ASCP certification accepted Yes
Louisiana ASCP certification accepted Yes
Montana ASCP certification accepted Yes
Nevada ASCP certification accepted Yes
New York Each student transcript must be evaluated by the New York State Education Department.  ASCP certification required, but not sufficient alone. Uncertain
State requiring MLT Licensure Licensing Agency Accepted or Accredited Program Southern WV CTC Compliant
North Dakota Each student transcript must be evaluated by the Board.  ASCP certification accepted, but not sufficient alone. Uncertain
Puerto Rico ASCP certification accepted Yes
Tennessee ASCP certification accepted Yes
West Virginia ASCP certification accepted Yes

This information is only for initial licensure by exam requirements for the state listed. Students should contact the nursing director at Southern WV Community College to investigate licensure educational requirements if they plan to apply for initial licensing in another state other than WV.

Campus Location: The full Medical Laboratory Technology Program is available on the Logan Campus.


The MLT Program at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences.

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
5600 N. River Road, Suite 720
Rosemont, IL  60018-5119
Phone: 773-714-8880
Fax: 773-714-8886

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