About the Program

John Wood Community College, in cooperation with Blessing Hospital, offers the Medical Laboratory Technology AAS degree. Enrollment is limited. Students accepted into the Blessing School of Medical Laboratory Technicians complete 16 credit hours of science specialty courses and 17 credit hours of general education courses at JWCC. Upon successful completion of requirements of the Blessing School of Medical Laboratory Technicians, 32 credit hours will be given in transfer to complete degree requirements.

Medical laboratory technicians must be accurate, dedicated, skilled and self-motivated. They are problem solvers, like challenge and responsibility, and are accurate, reliable, and able to work well under pressure. Students should have a solid foundation in high school sciences–biology, chemistry, math and computer science.

Within the past 3 years, Blessing Hospital School of MLT have a pass rate of 100% of students who have started the second half of the program and 83% of students have successfully passed the B.O.C. exam. Also, all students who have taken the B.O.C. exam within the past two years have a 100% pass rate.

Within the past 3 years, Blessing Hospital School of MLT has had a 0.0% attrition rate. 

Job Outlook/Salaries

The Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor projects that the employment of medical laboratory technicians and scientists will increase by 14% through the year 2016. According to Jobs Rated Almanac, medical laboratory science has 25% job growth and good job security. Among health related professions, it currently ranks #3. In 2008, the median salary for medical laboratory technicians was about $38,400, and $47,840 annually for medical laboratory scientists, based on geographic location. Currently there is a shortage in many parts of the country guaranteeing employment and higher salaries for graduates.

The job outlook for Blessing graduates is high within the area. 100% of graduates from Blessing School of MLT in past 3 years have found employment right out of school.