Tuesday, October 18, 2011

MLT Grads Report Perfect Pass Rate on ASCP Exam


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                             10/18/2011

                                                                                     (By Lisa Garrett)

         PENDLETON --- The nine May 2011 graduates of Tri-County Technical College's Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) program who took the National Certification Exam administered by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) earned a perfect pass rate.  One graduate out of 10 elected not to take the exam yet. 

         Since 2006 five out of six graduating classes have achieved 100 percent pass rates.  The Class of 2007 achieved a 92 percent pass rate.

         Tri-County ranks higher than the national figures when comparing registry scores.  Tri-County's mean score was 616 as opposed to the national score of 510.  (A person must score 400 or above to pass the exam.)  Tri-County ranks 100 percent in average scores for this cycle (the last four months) as compared to the 80.93 percent national average score.

         The exam is a computerized, competency-based exam.  Students are tested on seven areas: chemistry, microbiology, hematology, immunohematology, urinalysis, laboratory operations and body fluids.  There are 100 multiple-choice questions to cover these five major areas of clinical laboratory science.   Medical laboratory technicians analyze blood and other bodily fluids for disease processes in hospitals and doctors' offices.

         "We are very proud of our graduates," said Polly Kay, MLT program coordinator.  "This class was an extremely competent and capable group, both academically and clinically.  They were high achievers and critical thinkers.  They also were a very diverse group  -- one graduate had a master's degree and several had bachelor's degrees and were preparing for new careers."

         She added that faculty received excellent feedback from the facilities where students did their clinical training throughout the year.  "Comments indicated that our students were well prepared, were able to apply classroom knowledge and showed an incentive to learn.  It's rewarding to hear positive comments that tell us we are on track and preparing our students to be competent in a clinical setting."

         Tri-County's six hospital affiliates are AnMed Health, Bon Secours Saint Francis, Baptist Hospital Easley, Cannon Memorial Hospital, Self Regional Health Care and Oconee Medical Center.        

         U.S. News and World Report magazine named lab technicians one of the 50 best careers of 2011 and predicted strong growth over the next decade.  According to the U.S. Department of Labor, job growth for lab technicians is expected to be faster than average, with the number of clinical lab workers rising about 16 percent between 2008 and 2018, adding about 25,000 jobs. 

         Tri-County's MLT program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).  In spring of 2010 the MLT program received a recommendation for reaccreditation, listing several strengths and no deficiencies following a national accrediting agency's two-day evaluation.



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