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COC graduates its second MLT class

Posted: August 18, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: August 18, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Eight members of the graduating class of the Medical Laboratory Technician Program pose for family photos after receiving their pins and certificates at the completion ceremony held at College of the Canyons University Center on Thursday evening. From left, Antonieta Casas, Ashley Horst, Rachel Arugay, Sarah Schroyer, Charlotte Ruiz, Cindy Ma...

Students in College of the Canyons’ Medical Laboratory Technician program celebrated their graduation with a pinning ceremony recently – only the college’s second class to graduate.

Graduates receive an associate degree and are qualified to take a national licensing exam. If they pass that exam, they are qualified for jobs as medical lab technicians at hospitals, in other health care fields or at research clinical labs, said Cynthia Dorroh, dean for the college’s allied health and public safety division.

COC’s MLT program is the first in Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, Dorroh said, adding that 90 percent of clinical labs in California plan to hire MLTs to staff their labs in the future.

Some 80 percent of medical diagnoses require laboratory tests, she said.

Graduates celebrated their pinning ceremony Thursday night at the University Center with a meal supplied by StoneFire Grill, said graduate Cindy MacLennan.



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