Cowley College

Health & Human Services

Allied Health

Barton Cowley Cooperative

Thank you for your interest in the Barton County Community College Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) program.

What is an MLT?
Medical Laboratory Technology is a profession which combines the challenges and rewards of both medicine and science. A medical laboratory technician performs a wide range of laboratory tests including microscopic examination of blood, identification of bacteria and viruses and other laboratory testing that can lead to the diagnosis of diseases such as AIDS, diabetes, and cancer. We combine course work in general education, life sciences and the specific medical laboratory sciences, with clinical practicums. This mix, along with classes in written and verbal communication, gives you a solid, broad-based education, one that prepares you to enter the field.

Occupational outlook for careers in MLT
The job market for MLTs remains strong, and Barton graduates maintain an excellent placement record. With salaries starting at around $32,000, your education at Barton makes you an integral part of the health care team, a detective that searches for the clues to the causes of illness and injury.

Why choose Barton’s MLT Program?
Barton's MLT Program combines the value of tradition with the enhancements of innovation. Barton's MLT Program graduates are well respected in the field. Clinical partners provide internships, giving students hands-on experience and access to state-of-the-art equipment.

Program Accreditation
The Medical Laboratory Technician Program at Barton County Community College is fully accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences.

Successful completion of the required courses in Barton’s MLT Program lead to an Associate of Applied Science degree. This is the recommended degree for students for whom working as a Medical Laboratory Technician is the career goal.

The curriculum is usually completed in a two-year time frame. The first clinical internship, Clinical Practicum I, is completed in the Summer following the 1st year of MLT courses. The second clinical internship, Clinical Practicum II, is completed in the Summer following the 2nd year of MLT courses. The progression of classes is detailed in the Semester Template.

Program Location
Most coursework is done online or in one of several affiliated local medical laboratories. Cowley College and Barton County Community College have established a partnership to better meet the healthcare needs of our community and students. Cowley College can provide all of the pre-requisites required for the MLT degree, including phlebotomy, while Barton County Community College will provide the technical MLT classes. The instructional faculty, program and curricula is supervised by Barton County Community College.

Pre-Requisite Courses
(may be taken at Cowley College)

  • Interpersonal Communications or Public Speaking
  • English Composition I
  • General Psychology
  • College Algebra
  • General Chemistry OR Chemistry I (General Chemistry and Intermediate Algebra are pre-requisites for this course)
  • Microbiology (Principles of Biology or General Chemistry is a pre-requisite for this course)
  • Anatomy & Physiology (Principles of Biology or General Chemistry is a pre-requisite for this course)
  • Principles of Phlebotomy
  • Phlebotomy Field Work

Who to Contact at Cowley College

Chris Cannon, Department Chair
1406 E. 8th Street
Winfield, KS 67156

Who to Contact at Barton County Community College

Cheryl Lippert, MLT Director/Instructor
245 NE 30 RD
Great Bend, KS 67530

Kit Felke, MLT Program Secretary
245 NE 30 RD
Great Bend, KS 67530