Bethlehem, PA – On Monday, September 10, 2018, Reading Area Community College (RACC) and Northampton Community College signed a cooperative agreement outlining academic pathways between their institutions for students pursuing a career in the Medical Laboratory Technician or Respiratory Care fields starting this fall.
Students will be able to complete their pre-clinical, general education courses at Northampton Community College before applying to the Medical Laboratory Technician or Respiratory Care programs at RACC. Northampton students who are successfully admitted to RACC’s Medical Laboratory Technician or Respiratory Care Program will pay the Berks County resident tuition and fees for the courses outlined in the agreement.
The Associate in Applied Science in Medical Laboratory Technician, and Associate of Applied Science in Respiratory Care programs are nationally accredited, by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS) and the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (COARC). Both programs train graduates for in-demand health care professions. Alayne Fessler, faculty and coordinator of the MLT program says, “Medical Laboratory Technicians enjoy careers that are exciting and rewarding, as they play an integral role in the diagnosis and treatment of the patient. There is a nationwide shortage of qualified medical laboratory technicians so the job market is excellent for the MLT graduate.”
Similarly, Respiratory Care Therapists are in high demand in hospital settings. “Respiratory Therapists work as a part of the healthcare team alongside nurses, physicians and physician extenders to care for our patients,” explains Mandy Harshberger, faculty and Respiratory Care Program Coordinator.