North Carolina Medical Laboratory Technician Schools and Career Information

Career Information for Medical Lab Technicians in North Carolina

Demand for skilled professionals in the health care industry continues to rise as the nation's population grows increasingly older. There are plenty of well-paying careers to be found, although most of these jobs require postsecondary degrees or skills training. North Carolina medical lab technician programs help students gain the academic knowledge and practical skills they need to get started in this rewarding career.

Medical laboratory technicians (MLTs) collect fluid and tissue samples from patients, then test those samples in an effort to diagnose various diseases and ailments. Medical lab technicians generally hold an Associate's degree, although some employers will consider applicants who have graduated from career training programs. Those holding a Bachelor's degree in Medical Laboratory Technology are typically referred to as Medical Laboratory Technologists. Both lab technicians and lab technologist work in a variety of settings - including labs, hospitals, and private physician's practices.

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North Carolina Medical Lab Technician Schools

Aspiring medical lab technicians in North Carolina can find several other schools with training programs located throughout the state. North Carolina does not currently require lab techs to be licensed, however many employers prefer candidates who have passed the national certification exam issued by the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science.

  • Coastal Carolina Community College: Coastal Carolina Community College offers a 98-acre main campus located in Jacksonville, North Carolina. The school also has educational units at two nearby Marine Corps camps. Students can pursue Associate's degrees, occupational certificates, and professional diplomas while attending. The Medical Laboratory Technology program usually takes 2 years to complete. The first 52 credit hours are spent on classroom learning while practicums are completed at local hospitals for most of the second year. Graduates receive an Associate's degree and are eligible to sit for the national certification exam.
  • Davidson County Community College: Davidson County Community College now has 2 locations, with one in Thomasville and the other found in Mocksville, located in Davie County. The college offers a variety of academic programs in business, engineering, health sciences, and liberal arts. Students may also take part in a number of activities, events, and athletic teams. Completion of the Medical Laboratory Technology program results in an Associate's degree.
  • Central Piedmont Community College: Serving the students of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County for over 50 years, Central Piedmont Community College offers both on-campus and distance learning options. Study abroad programs, corporate training, and personal enrichment courses are also available. Students enrolled in the Medical Laboratory Technology program will pursue an Associate of Arts degree and be prepared to sit for their national certification exams.
  • Wayne Community College: Located in Goldsboro, North Carolina, Wayne Community College offers dozens of academic programs leading to Associate's degrees, certificates, and diplomas. Students enrolled in the medical technology program will gain academic knowledge and hands-on skills through a combination of classroom study and clinical experience. Successful completion of the program leads to an Associate's degree.

North Carolina Medical Lab Tech Programs

Medical lab technicians in North Carolina are trained professionals with a strong desire to help others through diagnosing diseases. Students contemplating a career as a medical lab tech should enjoy subjects such as chemistry and biology. Medical lab techs must be detail oriented and feel comfortable using scientific technologies like microscopes.

The State of North Carolina does not require medical lab technicians to obtain a license. However, many employers seek candidates who have earned their national certification by passing the national certification exam. Therefore, most North Carolina medical lab technician programs prepare students to sit for this test and design their curriculum around it. Some core courses may include:

  • Intro to Anatomy and Physiology
  • General Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Urinalysis
  • Clinical Microbiology
  • Hematology
  • Environmental Biology
  • Medical Terminology
  • Intro to Health Technologies
  • Medical Laboratory Techniques
  • Medical Laws and Ethics
  • Sterilization
  • Immunology

Medical lab technicians must have the ability to collect bodily fluids and tissues, exhibit the physical stamina needed to work on their feet, and have physical dexterity in their hands. They may choose to specialize in certain areas once they have obtained relevant work experience.

Additional Requirements for Medical Lab Techs in North Carolina

North Carolina medical lab technician programs help students meet the needs of potential employers by providing the academic knowledge and hands-on skills required for entry-level employment. Successful completion of these programs typically results in an Associate's degree. Most schools require students to complete a practical clinical experience prior to graduation. Medical lab technicians in North Carolina are not required to be licensed by the state.


  1. Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2015-16 Edition, Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-and-clinical-laboratory-technologists-and-technicians.htm
  2. Medical Laboratory Technology, Central Piedmont Community College, http://www.cpcc.edu/programs/39
  3. Medical Laboratory Technology, Coastal Carolina Community College, https://www.coastalcarolina.edu/academics/websites/mlt/
  4. Medical Laboratory Technology, Davidson County Community College, https://www.davidsonccc.edu/academics/health-wellness-public-safety/health-programs/medical-laboratory-technology
  5. Medical Laboratory Technology, Wayne Community College, http://www.waynecc.edu/medical-laboratory/
  6. Verification of Certification - State Licensure Agencies, American Society for Clinical Pathology, https://www.ascp.org/content/board-of-certification/verification-of-certification#tabs-state-licensure-agencies

Schools for Medical Lab Technicians in North Carolina are listed below.

Selected Medical Lab Schools in North Carolina

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More North Carolina Medical Lab Schools

School Name Campus Highest Award Enrolled
Alamance Community College Graham Associate 3,925
Appalachian State University Boone Doctorate 15,871
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Asheville Associate 6,408
Beaufort County Community College Washington Associate 1,476
Brunswick Community College Supply Associate 1,162
Cabarrus College of Health Sciences Concord Bachelor 358
Cape Fear Community College Wilmington Associate 7,570
Carolinas College of Health Sciences Charlotte Associate 484
Catawba College Salisbury Masters 1,323
Central Piedmont Community College Charlotte Associate 18,052
Cleveland Community College Shelby Associate 2,064
Coastal Carolina Community College Jacksonville Associate 4,349
College of the Albemarle Elizabeth City Associate 2,117
Davidson County Community College Thomasville Associate 3,399
Durham Technical Community College Durham Associate 5,170
East Carolina University Greenville Doctorate & First Professional 25,990
Elon University Elon Doctorate 5,456
Fayetteville State University Fayetteville Doctorate 6,692
Fayetteville Technical Community College Fayetteville Associate 9,063
Forsyth Technical Community College Winston Salem Associate 7,276
Gaston College Dallas Associate 5,718
Halifax Community College Weldon Associate 1,142
High Point University High Point Masters 3,064
James Sprunt Community College Kenansville Associate 1,118
Johnston Community College Smithfield Associate 4,145
Lenoir Community College Kinston Associate 2,733
Lenoir-Rhyne University Hickory Masters 1,626
Mitchell Community College Statesville Associate 2,687
Nash Community College Rocky Mount Associate 2,916
Piedmont Community College Roxboro Associate 2,575
Rockingham Community College Wentworth Associate 2,013
Salem College Winston Salem Masters 992
Sandhills Community College Pinehurst Associate 3,826
Southeastern Community College Whiteville Whiteville Associate 1,811
Southwestern Community College Sylva Sylva Associate 2,040
Stanly Community College Albemarle Associate 2,390
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill Doctorate & First Professional 28,136
University of North Carolina at Charlotte Charlotte Doctorate 22,388
University of North Carolina at Greensboro Greensboro Doctorate 18,627
University of North Carolina at Pembroke Pembroke Masters 5,937
Wake Technical Community College Raleigh Associate 12,238
Wayne Community College Goldsboro Associate 2,988
Western Carolina University Cullowhee Doctorate 9,056
Western Piedmont Community College Morganton Associate 2,448
Winston-Salem State University Winston-Salem Masters 5,870

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Medical Lab Technicians

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for North Carolina. A table below the map shows job popularity and salaries across the state.

Metro Areas Rated for Popularity for:
Medical Lab Technicians

Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Medical Lab Technicians relative to the population of the city, as of 2008. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

A Relative Popularity of 1.0 means that the city has an average number of the particular job, for its population, compared to the rest of the US. Higher numbers mean proportionally more jobs of that type.

Metro Area Jobs Salary

North Carolina

Asheville 250 $36460 1.2
Fayetteville 190 $36730 1.34
Greensboro 410 $38660 1.01
High Point 410 $38660 1.01
Greenville 170 $36800 1.96
Hickory 100 $36000 0.58
Lenoir 100 $36000 0.58
Morganton 100 $36000 0.58
Jacksonville 50 $44830 0.94
Burlington 1340 $38080 20.37
Durham 710 $39460 2.16
Chapel Hill 710 $39460 2.16
Raleigh 270 $40350 0.41
New Bern 50 $39650 0.92
Wilmington 130 $41940 0.91
Winston 270 $42600 0.92
Salem 270 $42600 0.92
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