Otero Junior College graduates its first class of medical laboratory technicians this semester. The class will be celebrating with a pinning ceremony on Nov. 30 at 5 p.m. in the Life Sciences Building, Room 107, on the OJC campus.

Otero Junior College graduates its first class of medical laboratory technicians this semester. The class will be celebrating with a pinning ceremony on Nov. 30 at 5 p.m. in the Life Sciences Building, Room 107, on the OJC campus.

Graduates are Zane Graham, Brandon Landgren, Manley Presser and Destiny Ross. The MLT program has achieved Serious Status with the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratories and these students will be eligible to take their American Society of Clinical Pathologists Board Exams upon graduation.

The OJC Medical Laboratory Technician program prepares individuals to perform routine medical laboratory procedures and tests and to apply preset strategies to record and analyze data. Students prepare for a career in Medical Laboratory Technology through online/hybrid formats, classroom laboratory practice, and supervised clinical experience. They complete classes in general education along with Hematology, Clinical Chemistry, Clinical Microbiology, Immunology /Immunohematology, Urinalysis, and Parasitology/Mycology.

The MLT program is designed for the student to graduate with an AAS degree in two years. Three semesters are spent at the OJC campus and two semesters are partially spent in clinical rotations at an affiliated clinical facility.

The development of the MLT program at OJC was a project supported by the TAACCCT/CHEO grant funds.