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Graduates from Calhoun's Medical Lab Tech Program post 100% Passage Rate on Licensure Exam for Fourth Consecutive Year

June 13, 2016

Outpace national average by close to 20%  

For an amazing fourth consecutive year, graduates from Calhoun Community College’s Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) program posted a 100% passage rate on the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification (BOC) licensure exam. 

According to Bret McGill, dean of the college’s Health Sciences division, Calhoun had 9 MLT students to take and pass the test during the most recent testing cycle.  Calhoun’s 100% passage rate significantly outpaced the national average of 81.8% for first time examinees.  The program, formerly known as Clinical Laboratory Technician, changed its name last year to Medical Laboratory Technician to more appropriately reflect and align the name with that used in industry, said McGill.

“We are extremely pleased with the results of this most recent class of MLT graduates on their licensure exam,” commented McGill.  “The fact that we have achieved a 100% passage rate for the last four years speaks highly to the level of instruction provided and commitment to excellence exhibited by our MLT faculty,” McGill added. 

“Calhoun’s MLT program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), making graduates eligible to take the national certification exam,” said Risa Grimme, MLT program coordinator.

“The National Board of Certification requires programs to be NAACLS accredited, and in 2014 changed their standards for re-accreditation.  We are excited to announce that under these new, more rigorous standards, Calhoun’s program has been granted re-accreditation for the full 10 years allowed,” Grimme added. 

Serving as an important cog in the elaborate framework that is the modern hospital or clinic, Medical Laboratory Technicians conduct the crucial tests and analyses that physicians use to make their diagnoses. Medical Laboratory Technicians are responsible for a number of tasks, including examining body fluids and cells and matching blood for transfusions. The job requires the use of sophisticated laboratory equipment, such as microscopes and cell counters. With continued advancements in technology, lab work has become more analytical, so laboratory personnel should have excellent judgment skills. Technicians, who must hold at least an associate’s degree, often work under the supervision of technologists.

With steady population growth and the development of new lab tests, the job market for clinical laboratory technicians is expected to remain strong. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects clinical laboratory technician employment growth of 29.7 percent between 2012 and 2022, adding 47,900 more professionals to the 325,800 jobs currently in this field.

The BLS reports that the median salary for clinical laboratory technicians was $37,970 in 2013.

Calhoun’s CLT Program is current accepting applicants for the 18 available seats for the 2016-16 academic year.  The deadline to apply is July 5.  For additional information on the program or to apply, call the Calhoun Allied Health Department at 256-306-2794 or visit the Calhoun website at

About the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification (BOC)

The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification (BOC) is an independent certification agency that develops relevant standards and procedures to assure the competence of medical laboratory personnel with stated mission to provide excellence in certification of laboratory professionals on behalf of patients worldwide.   ASCP BOC is the only medical laboratory certification agency awarded accreditation by (ANSI American National Standards Institute).  The oldest and largest certification agency for laboratory professionals, the BOC has certified more than 490,000 individuals since it was established and has become the gold standard for certification of clinical laboratory personnel.  By earning credentials from the ASCP BOC, laboratory professionals demonstrate their competence to carry out their responsibilities in this critical profession. In turn, they reap the benefits of better job prospects, higher salaries and the respect of colleagues.