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Medical Laboratory Technology

Train for an in-demand career in the medical field!

Update for Fall 2023

The PSB company ceased to offer its test products effective August 31, 2022. Therefore, the CFCC health science/nursing faculty and Student Services units rolled out new testing guidelines for health science and nursing applicants. The TEAS test (by ATI; versions 6 and 7) will be used in place of the PSB.

Summary of the changes for 2023
  • Students must have the TEAS test(s) completed and meet the cut-off score and all other minimum requirements prior to filing an Intent (specific for each program).
  • The 9-digit TEAS student number and test date will be required on the Intent form. An official score report must be on file at (or accessible to) CFCC before filing the Intent AND before the end of the application period.
  • Applicants may test numerous times (no limits) and should use the highest test as part of their Intent (the form has been changed to require this information; only one set of scores should be submitted)
  • There is only one TEAS test that will be used by the nursing and health science majors.
  • See application deadlines below.
  • Students may test in various ways as this test is not “by invitation only”. They may visit the CFCC Testing Services website and schedule a test to be taken at CFCC ($85.00), test remotely ($115.00), use a PSI testing site ($115.00), or test at another college or university (costs vary).
  • Information packets and Point Count Sheets for 2023 are forthcoming.

A Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) performs, evaluates, correlates, and assures accuracy and validity of laboratory information, directs and supervises clinical laboratory resources and operations, and collaborates in the diagnosis and treatment of patients.

This program trains individuals for diverse and multi-level functions in collecting, processing, and analyzing biological specimens and other substances. Other topics covered include principles and methodologies, the performance of assays, problem-solving, troubleshooting techniques, the significance of clinical procedures and results, and principles and practices of quality assessment for all major areas practiced in the clinical laboratory.

Employment Outlook

Graduates may find employment in hospitals, clinics, physicians’ offices, medical laboratories, government agencies, and industry. Graduates from the Cape Fear Community College Medical Laboratory Technology program may be eligible to sit for the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification Exam (ASCP-BOC).

A career as a Medical Laboratory Technician continues to grow in the job market. The average national salary for a Clinical Laboratory Technologist or Technician is $26.05/hr. Salary will vary by practice setting and location.

Selective Admission Process

The Medical Laboratory Technology program has a selective admission process that includes an application time frame, use of a standardized test, and a point count ranking system.


Quick information

Application Period
Spring 2023 Start: Dec. 5, 2022

Fall 2023 Start: Jan. 25, 2023 – May 22, 2023 (or until filled)

Virtual Information Sessions
Dates TBD
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