North Carolina college launching medical lab tech program to address shortage

Wilmington, N.C.-based Cape Fear Community College is launching a medical lab technology training program, NBC affiliate WECT reported Feb. 9.

"The COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with a retiring workforce, is creating an influx of medical laboratory technician job openings," CFCC Dean of Health and Human Services Mary Ellen Naylor, EdD, told WECT.

Dr. Naylor said local healthcare providers have been telling her they need more medical lab techs, and data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows 10 percent projected growth in the field through 2030, with almost 26,000 job openings per year.

The two-year program culminates with an associate's degree in applied science, the report said. It will begin later this year.

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