Bucks County Community College’s Gene and Marlene Epstein Campus at Lower Bucks in Bristol is holding a virtual open house for its Medical Laboratory Technician program on Thursday, March 4, at 3 p.m. The event is for Harry S. Truman High School students. They will receive a link from Truman’s counseling center.
“We’ve developed an incredible relationship with Bucks from our expanding dual enrollment program hosted here at Truman to many of our graduates who matriculate there every fall,” said Principal Jon Craig. “We’re excited to expand that relationship by exposing our students to the MLT program and all the opportunities that it offers.”
The live Zoom open house will be in the laboratory on the Lower Bucks Campus and provide students with career outlook, admissions insight and a Q&A session. The event is estimated to take around 40 minutes.
“Students will learn more about a profession they probably don’t know exists,” said professor and MLT program director Karen Gatewood.
The MLT associate degree program prepares students to enter the profession of medical laboratory science. Although medical laboratory technicians are mostly behind-the-scenes, they are a vital part of the healthcare team, performing laboratory procedures and analyzing results.
The MLT occupational major is a two-year, 68-credit program that prepares students both educationally and clinically to take the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) examination for credentialing and to seek employment as a medical laboratory technician.
“Students graduate with an associate degree and are immediately ready to work,” said Gatewood.