Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

July 26, 2012

NECC information nights on new medical lab tech degree

After collaborating with area health care employers, Northern Essex Community College will offer an associate's degree in medical laboratory technology for the first time this fall through iHealth@NECC.

Designed especially for adults, the program combines online courses with traditional classroom courses. As a result, students only need to be on campus two days a week, reports the college.

"We're looking for adults who are interested in a career in health care," said Linda Comeau of iHealth. "The demand for skilled technologists in hospital and other clinical labs in the Merrimack Valley is strong so our graduates will be well-prepared for the job market."

Anyone interested in learning more about the new Medical Laboratory Technology Program is invited to attend one of the free information sessions on today, Thursday, July 26 at 10 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 9 at 6 p.m. or Tuesday, Aug. 21 at 10 a.m. All information sessions will be held at the NECC iHealth Building, 52 Franklin St., Lawrence.

Medical laboratory technicians perform and report laboratory testing and work in hospitals, physician's offices, and clinical laboratories.

"Building and delivering programs that meet community and student needs is what we are about at NECC." says NECC Vice President of Academic Affairs Bill Heineman.

Students interested in pursuing this program should contact Linda Comeau at 978-738-7408 or Christina Nuncio at 978-738-7894.

The medical laboratory program was recently approved by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education.

With campuses in Haverhill and Lawrence and extension sites in Methuen and Groveland, Northern Essex Community College is a state-assisted college, offering over 70 associate degree and certificate programs as well as hundreds of noncredit courses designed for personal enrichment and career growth. Northern Essex is the only state college located in the lower Merrimack Valley region of Massachusetts.