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Medical Laboratory Technology

Barton Theatre on FacebookMedical Laboratory Technology and Phlebotomy are professions that combine the challenges and rewards of both medicine and science.  A medical lab technician performs a wide range of laboratory tests that includes microscopic examination of blood, identification of bacteria and other lab testing that can lead to the diagnosis and treatment of disease. Ready to get started? Request a Program Brochure!

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This online program allows students to work with their adviser to successfully tailor a course of study to include employment, personal obligations and career goals. Barton offers a cooperative lab on campus or the ability to work with a supporting cooperative laboratory/clinic in your living area as you arrange it. Barton also offers the ability to transfer general education courses from other accredited colleges or dual credit programs within high schools. 

Regulations and requirements for certification, registration, and licensure of Medical Laboratory Technicians vary by state. Some states my include additional requirements beyond those offered in our program. There are currently 11 states with laboratory personnel licensure requirements that may differ from Kansas requirements. Those states include California, Hawaii, Florida, New York, North Dakota, Tennessee, Louisiana, Nevada, West Virginia, Montana, Georgia. Puerto Rico also has licensure. Prospective Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) students who plan to locate in a state other than Kansas should contact that state for specific information relative to that state’s laboratory practice act before enrolling.  Please visit the for more information. 

MLT Program Information

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Karen Gunther MT(ASCP)
MLT Program Director
(620) 786-1133

Andrea Thompson
MLT Instructor
(620) 786-1113

Kit Smith
Allied Health Secretary
(620) 792-9266

Curriculum Guides
Curriculum Guides

The coursework in general education, life sciences, and specific medical laboratory sciences is supplemented by actual clinical experience in a medical laboratory. Upon completion of the MLT Program you will receive an Associate in Applied Science degree and will be eligible to take national certification examinations. This is a recommended degree for students who intend to use it as a bridge to other medical careers or pathways.

2018-2020 Curriculum Guides: Students who enrolled in their program prior to Fall 2020 should use should use the following Curriculum Guide. 

Associate in Applied Science
2018-2020 Medical Laboratory Technology (68 hours - degree guide)
2018-2020 Medical Laboratory Technology (68 hours - semester guide)

2020-2022 Curriculum Guides: Newly admitted or returning re-admitted students for Fall 2020 or later should use the following Curriculum Guide.

Associate in Applied Science
2020-2022 Medical Laboratory Technology (68 hours - degree guide)

Getting Started
Getting Started


Apply online. Click “New User” and fill out the information to register. Once in the Admissions Portal, complete all sections of the application fully to the best of your knowledge. Then click submit and you will receive an email with your Barton ID within 24 hours. It will be sent to the email address you registered with. Contact Barton Admissions with questions at (620) 792-9286 or


Transcripts will need to be sent to the registrar’s office here on the Great Bend Barton Community College Campus.


All General Education Courses must be completed before you can enroll in any Core MLT classes. General Education courses may require a placement test in order to finalize enrollment. You may enroll into the Gen-Ed courses to start, if you need any assistance, please contact your advisor.


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The Curriculum guide has all the required courses that must be completed for the degree. The MLT classes must be passed with a 78% or better grade. The majority of the classes require weekly hands on hours that you will complete in a Cooperative lab during the duration of class. Please see the Coop and Clinical FAQs for the specific time frames for each class.

    1. MLT Handbook
    2. Textbooks
    3. Estimated Program Costs
    4. Cooperative/Clinical Labs
    5. General Education Courses
    6. Castle branch
Estimated Costs of Barton MLT Program
Estimated Costs of Barton MLT Program

Find information below on the MLT program's additional costs per class. * Please note: all costs are subject to change.

Refer to the Registration and Enrollment section of the website for current information on Barton's Cost per Credit Hour.

The total cost of books, lab manuals and supplies are estimated to be $1400.

You are required to have a physical examination. The cost of this examination can vary considerably.

You are required to have certain immunizations. The cost of these can vary considerably. You can usually get these economically at your local county health department. Immunizations that are currently required are TD/DPT, polio, MMR, flu, and HBV; a TB skin test is also required.

Your are required to document training in adult CPR. If you do not have a current card, you are responsible for making the arrangements to obtain this training. Fire departments, county health departments, recreation commissions and continuing education providers are sources for this training. The cost of this training can vary considerably, but is usually from $5 to $15.

The cost of food and lodging and transportation will vary considerably depending upon your place of residence.

Be aware of costs associated with the clinical internships, such as travel expenses. If you work, consider your "lost income" while you are gone from your workplace.

If you are an online student, consider the travel and possible "lost income" expenses associated with the required visits to campus and your commitments to the cooperating laboratory.

Upon completion of the Barton MLT Program you will take one or more certification examinations. At the time of compilation of information for this document, the additional cost of MLT (ASCP) certification examination is $125.

* Please note: additional MLT costs are used to defray the cost of a number of items, including but not limited to liability insurance, name tags, laboratory supplies and technology for delivery of the course materials. The liability insurance is obtained through a group policy and more information is available upon request.

MLT Critical Success Factors
MLT Critical Success Factors

You must visit with your Barton MLT Advisor before each semester's enrollment. 

You must be able to manage the financial impact. Obvious costs include the tuition, regular fees, special technology fees and textbooks for the courses. You can see textbook list, ISBN and cost on the webpage. But you must also plan for the financial impact presented by your commitments to your cooperating lab, and your commitments to your assigned clinical affiliate for the clinical internships. Expect travel expenses, and consider the "lost income" while you are gone from your workplace.

You must identify and solicit the support of a cooperating laboratory. Your cooperating laboratory must agree to provide learning experiences that "mirror" those provided by our on-campus laboratory. The cooperating laboratory must be approved by the course instructor or the program director. If your primary cooperating laboratory does not have sufficient volume and variety of testing in certain areas (e.g. microbiology), you will need to have a second cooperating laboratory.

You must make arrangements and plans to complete the required clinical practica (internships). These internships must be in a laboratory that has a formal clinical affiliation with Barton's MLT Program. Six months BEFORE you plan on your clinical practicum, contact the MLT program director to see if a current Clinical Affiliation Agreement with the facility that is offering to support you. Clinical Practicum I (Approx. 122 hours) is a commitment, usually done during the summer following the successful completion of Heme/Coag, Immunology and UA/Body Fluids. Clinical Practicum II (Approx. 220 hours) is a commitment, usually done during the summer following the successful completion of Clinical Chem, Pathogenic Micro and Immunohematology. Will your employer allow you sufficient leave time?

You must have a manageable balance of employment, classes and family commitments. You must be able to budget sufficient time to study and complete assignments and exams. You must also plan on occasional visits to campus. If you must work full-time, consider a lighter course load and extend the MLT Program over more than two years.

You may be required to identify and solicit the support of 2 or more proctors. The proctor must be a professional in the community who agrees to monitor you while you are taking your online exams. The proctor must be approved by your course instructor.

You must make arrangements and plans to take the necessary general education courses. You must complete your general education courses with a C or better and be Phlebotomy National Certified eligible. Resources for the general education courses include your local community college or university, distance learning departments or colleges or universities (e.g. FHSU, KSU, and KU), and consortia (e.g. or Western Governor's University)

You must have appropriate personal management attributes. Do you stay on course-related tasks without direct supervision? Can you prioritize your own study workload? Can you follow direction? Are you planning to allocate as much time in your schedule for your online courses as you would for a more "traditional" classroom course? Are you good at assessing your own progress?

You must have basic computer skills. Are your keyboarding (typing) skills good? Do you know how to install software? Can you create, save and manage files on your computer? Do you know how to send and receive e-mail? If you need to upgrade your computer skills, check for classes at your local Internet provider or library or community college or university.

You must have reliable access to a computer that is capable of running the necessary software and accessing e-mail and the World Wide Web. It is by far the best to have your own computer. If that is not possible, the computer you plan to use must be available to you on a frequent and convenient basis, outside of your workplace.

You must have reliable Internet access. The Internet service provider should have a "good track record."

Occupational Outlook
Occupational Outlook

According to Bureau of Labor Statistics figures, the number of medical laboratory technicians in the U.S. is expected to increase by 30 percent from 2012 to 2022. In contrast, the number of jobs in all other industries is expected to increase by only 11 percent during the same time frame. While many lab techs work in hospitals, doctor’s offices, and other medical facilities, job opportunities are also available in other industries. Possibilities include medical research laboratories, blood banks, universities, and manufacturers of pharmaceutical and medicinal products.