HANCEVILLE, Ala. — Beginning in Fall 2016, the Clinical Laboratory Technician program at Wallace State Community College will be referred to as Medical Laboratory Technician. The change affects colleges statewide on the request of Alabama Community College System to better fit with industry standards.

Wallace State’s Medical Laboratory Technician program is a five-semester associate degree program that trains students to perform tests that aid in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of disease. They work mainly in hospitals, but also in medical and diagnostic labs and physicians’ offices.

Through 2024, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects employment of medical laboratory technicians to grow by 18 percent, much faster than average for all occupations. The annual median wage for medical laboratory technicians as of May 2015 was $38,970.

Applications are still being accepted for entry in Fall 2016. Contact program director Melanie Bradford at 256.352.8347 or melanie.bradford@wallacestate.edu or visit www.wallacestate.edu and go to the Medical Laboratory Technician page in the Health Division listing under the Programs tab.