The Medical Laboratory Technician (also known as Clinical Laboratory Technician) program is designed for students who want to contribute to the healthcare field by helping physicians accurately diagnose and treat patients via testing. This program provides students with the skills needed to obtain, process, test and evaluate various biological samples taken from patients, including blood and other body fluids. Students will also become familiar with the use and maintenance of the equipment used in a clinical laboratory. Intensive coursework will be completed on campus, while hands-on practice will take place at participating clinical sites. Individuals trained in this specialty are currently in demand.
The program consists of sequential courses which require four consecutive terms to complete. To extend the Medical Laboratory Technician program over more than two years, a person may take one, two or three general studies or science classes per semester prior to applying for admission to the program. Continuation in and graduation from the MLT program is contingent upon the student earning a minimum grade of “B” or “C” in the courses indicated in the tables below. Classes are held in classrooms and laboratories, while area hospitals provide clinical training sites.
The Medical Laboratory Technician program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)♦ NOTE Documentation is on file with the program director.
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Medical Laboratory Technician Program Applicants ►
In addition to complying with the College’s general admission procedures, Medical Laboratory Technician applicants must
►have successfully completed one year of high school chemistry within the last 5 years. Applicants may take Introduction to Chemistry (CHM 110S) as an equivalent course;
►have a satisfactory math assessment score or a grade of “B” or better in Math Literacy (MTH 093D) ;
►have satisfactory assessment scores in reading and writing and are prepared to take Composition I (ENG 121S) or successfully complete Developmental Reading and Writing (ENG 092D) ;
►have successfully completed first and second semester courses listed for the MLT degree except Introduction to Laboratory Medicine (MLT 121S) and Urinalysis and Body Fluids (MLT 135S) . These courses must be completed by the end of the Spring Late or Fall Late term; and
►submit a Medical Laboratory Technician application by April 30 OR November 30. Criteria for selection of applicants to be admitted to the program includes a combination of
►satisfactory high school record, including class rank; or GED scores;
►ACT, SAT, or Accuplacer scores;
►previous college work and overall GPA of 2.75 and highest grades in health and science courses;
►two (2) letters of recommendation; and
►satisfactory verbal and written answers to questions posed during an individual interview session.
Applications will be available online between August 1 through November 30 for the Spring Late session which begins in March AND March 1 through April 30 for the Fall Late session which beings in October. At the time of application, the applicant should demonstrate a clear plan to meet the above requirements prior to entry into the Medical Laboratory Technician program.
MLT program applications will be reviewed to select the class that will begin courses Spring Late term. All applicants will receive written notification of the status of their application by March 12 OR December 19, 2022. Students must successfully complete application requirements prior to the start of the MLT clinical courses.
Those selected for the program are required to have physical and immunization forms completed by a physician as well as successful background checks (FBI and BCI) and a drug screening. Applicants selected to the program will receive further information regarding these requirements. If selected for the MLT program, coursework for semesters three and four must be taken consecutively and full time during the day.
NOTE Registration in and completion of support courses listed for the MLT program does not guarantee selection into the program. If there are more eligible applicants than available openings in the program, the selection will be based on GPA, highest grades in health and science courses and letters of recommendation, if requested.
►Click here for the Medical Laboratory Technician Student Handbook
►Click here for the 2023 Medical Laboratory Technician Student Outcomes
Program Outcomes ►
The student will
- perform routine hematology, clinical chemistry, immunohematology, microbiology, serology/immunology, coagulation, molecular and other emerging clinical laboratory tests according to established protocols and procedures;
- evaluate, correlate and assure accuracy, validity and quality control of laboratory information;
- make specimen-oriented decisions on predetermined criteria, including a working knowledge of critical values;
- assess, analyze and make decisions related to clinical situations, information management, regulatory compliance, education and quality assurance whenever laboratory testing is researched, developed or performed;
- demonstrate safe working habits and apply universal safety procedures in the handling of chemical, radiological and biological materials and processes;
- demonstrate professionalism in regards to ethical and responsible behavior leading to the gaining and maintaining of the confidence of patients, professional associates and the community;
- demonstrate effective interpersonal skills with patients, coworkers and physicians; and
- apply experiences encountered in Edison State’s academic core values of written and oral communication, interpersonal/teamwork, critical thinking, ethics, human diversity and inquiry/respect for learning in the clinical laboratory setting.