Central Texas College (CTC) held a ceremony to recognize the spring 2019 semester graduates of its Medical Lab Technology (MLT) department. Honored students completed studies in either the phlebotomy, medical lab technician or histology programs. Guest speaker for the event was Dr. Phillip Day of AdventHealth.

Charlotte Hord and Tawa Seabrook earned Associate of Applied Science degrees in histology by completing the 60-credit hour classroom work and 760 clinical hours. Histology is the study of the microscopic anatomy of cells and tissues of plants and animals in relation to the development of disease. As many diseases occur at the tissue level, histo-technicians are able to analyze cell behavior and reproduction and by studying how tissues are structured and work.  CTC began offering the program in the fall 2016 semester and it is one of only four histology programs in Texas and of a few accredited programs in the nation.

Completing the medical lab technician program were Abigail Bey, Ashley Borrero Sotomayor, Amy Hudgins, Ashlee Marrero, Jennifer Jimenez, Jaimie Jenn, Adriane Thomas and John Wiley.     These students will play a crucial role in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of disease as they begin working for hospitals and other healthcare facilities.

Amanda Chavez, Lisa Flores, Kylee Hall, Farron Kelly-Wurst, Sean Segroves, Hope Sellin, Eva Skalla and Maria Wire completed the phlebotomy program. They are now trained to draw blood from a patient for clinical or medical testing, transfusions, donations or research.

CTC will begin offering its phlebotomy program as a one-semester certificate program starting this summer. The program includes classroom and clinical experience through lecture, lab work and clinical rotations to provide hands-on experience in a variety of clinical facilities.

Job opportunities in the medical lab field continue to expand. For example, the Texas Workforce predicts an increase of 29.6 percent for jobs in the histology field in the next three years. “One of the unique benefits of our MLT program is employability,” said Bruce Vasbinder, CTC Community relations coordinator. “The majority of these graduates today have already landed jobs in their respective fields and the others are in the process of being hired or recruited by area healthcare facilities. In the past three years, the outcomes of the CTC MLT program include one hundred percent graduate certification/licensure pass rates and one hundred percent graduate placement rates.”