Finding the Right Career: An MLT Student Success Story


Finding the Right Career: An MLT Student Success Story


Moriah Montgomery

Moriah Montgomery, a Medical Laboratory Technology graduate from Stanly Community College,
is currently employed at Lakeside Family Medicine, a Novant facility, as an MLT (ASCP).


Albemarle, NC - When Moriah is not playing with her dogs or baking fabulous dishes, you just might find her at work in her new career as a Medical Laboratory Technician. Moriah Montgomery, a 2017 Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) graduate from Stanly Community College (SCC), says she would not change anything about her education. “I didn’t always know that I wanted to go into this field of study. I originally enrolled at the College to become a nurse, but when I took microbiology as a prerequisite, I knew that laboratory work was for me. I had no idea what MLT was until I found the program at SCC. I love working in a lab,” said Moriah.

Along with her MLT degree, Moriah also earned the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification. She is currently employed at Lakeside Family Medicine, a Novant facility, as an MLT (ASCP). She is responsible for running the office lab and performing numerous clinical laboratory procedures. “I love my job. I work in a very positive environment and I am constantly learning new things,” she added.

Like many individuals, Moriah has worked very hard over the years to get to this point in her career. Before enrolling at SCC, she worked long, hard hours in the fast food industry, and admits a fast food career was not for her. “I’m so glad that Melissa Jackson, the program director at SCC, was so supportive of me even after I graduated. She was instrumental in helping me to secure employment at Novant.”

According to EMSI Data, the occupational summary for medical laboratory technicians earn a medium hourly income of $22.95; and jobs are projected to grow to 1,855 by the year 2026 in the Charlotte region.

The mission of Stanly Community College’s Medical Laboratory Technology program is to train laboratory professionals who will make a positive impact in healthcare through leadership that will assure excellence in the practice of laboratory medicine.

The MLT curriculum prepares individuals to perform clinical laboratory procedures in chemistry, hematology, microbiology, and immunohematology that may be used in the maintenance of health and diagnosis/treatment of disease. Course work emphasizes mathematical and scientific concepts related to specimen collection, laboratory testing and procedures, quality assurance and reporting/recording and interpreting findings involving tissues, blood, and body fluids.

Students who successfully complete the MLT program at Stanly Community College are eligible to take the national certification examination administered by the Board of Registry of American Society for Clinical Pathology and become a certified Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) (ASCP). With additional education and/or technical experience, graduates may also advance in the field to become a technologist, research specialist, manager, or educator. The Medical Laboratory/Clinical Laboratory Science field allows students to advance to a BS in Laboratory Science, a Master’s degree in Molecular Diagnostics, and a doctorate degree as a DCLS (Doctorate in Clinical Laboratory Science).

SCC’s MLT program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science. For more information, please contact Melissa Jackson, SCC’s MLT Program Director, at (704) 991-0382 or mjackson3806@stanly.edu