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Medical Laboratory Technology

Medical Laboratory Technology - Associate in Applied Science Degree

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Medical Laboratory Technology is a field for people who are interested in science and working with their hands. Medical Laboratory Technicians (MLT) are detail-oriented problem solvers. They want to help patients in a medical setting but prefer to have limited patient contact.  MLT’s enjoy working with their hands, technical instruments, and communicating with other medical professionals. This medical laboratory role is challenging and requires life-long learning.

The Associate in Applied Science in Medical Laboratory Technology degree prepares students to be able to perform laboratory tests automated and manual testing following detailed instructions; trains and educates students to analyze human blood, body fluids, or tissue samples to detect and diagnose diseases using microscopes, blood analyzers, and other scientific equipment. An MLT is also qualified to analyze data and relay the results to physicians after testing and examining a specimen. This data obtained can be utilized by healthcare providers to diagnosis, treat, and prevent illnesses. 

Graduates of the program are eligible to take the American Society for Clinical Pathology – Board of Certification (ASCP-BOC) exam.  To be certified as a Medical Laboratory Technician the graduate must pass the ASCP-BOC generalist certification examination. The cost of completing this examination is not included in the cost of tuition for the program. Becoming a MLT (ASCP) will help them procure employment in hospital and private laboratories (clinical or research) or physician office labs.

For more information about Health Science Admissions visit: www.hgtc.edu/healthscience.

For more information, contact:
Sandra Wetter - 843-477-2144

The Medical Laboratory Technology program is seeking accreditation from NAACLS (National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences), 5600 N. River Rd, Suite 720 Rosemont IL  60018-5119; ph: 773.714.8880; fx: 773.714.8886; info@naacls.org.

For more information about HGTC's accreditations, click here.

Applicants to the Medical Laboratory Technology program should be aware a current, unrestricted license or certification may be required to practice in the state in which you intend to reside/practice. Each state is unique in its licensure requirements. Students are encouraged to reach out to the program chair for more information and assistance with understanding professional licensure.

To provide a student - centered environment for the development of professional attributes, technical abilities, and critical thinking skills expected of entry-level Medical Laboratory Technicians.  The graduate will have acquired the knowledge, skills, and professional experiences for success in achieving their career and educational goals and will work as effective MLT’s in their local communities.  Upon completion of the program, the graduate earns an Associate Degree in Applied Science – Medical Laboratory Technology and is eligible to take the ASCP National Certification Examination.

Career Outlook

On a typical day, a medical laboratory technician will perform components of a variety of treatment procedures, including:

  • Test biological specimens collected from patients.
  • Use microscopes, automated analyzers, and computerized instruments.
  • Analyze tests results to detect diseases.
  • Communicate with Physicians about diagnoses and treatments for patients.

Employment opportunities can be found in the following settings:

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Medical Research Labs
  • Physician's Office

For more information about careers, visit O*Net Online for an overview of South Carolina and National earnings statistics, and Career Services for more employment resources.

Program Information

Specific Admission Requirements for Program
The Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) program is a limited-access program. All applicants must meet college admission requirements published deadline. After admission to HGTC the applicant and prior to admission into the MLT program you must attend an MLT Information Session.  You can register for this session by emailing the Program Director, Sandra Wetter (sandra.wetter@hgtc.edu). However, meeting admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the MLT program. An applicant who receives notification that she/he was not admitted to the MLT program must resubmit the MLT Program Application by the published application deadline to be considered for admission to the next available class. These applicants should check with Admissions to determine if HGTC Admission information requires updating. A waiting list of applicants is not maintained.

  • 30 days prior to the first semester you must complete:
    • Criminal Background Check
  • Attendance at an MLT Mandatory Information Session.
  • Submit a Health Sciences Division Student Health Record Form indicating the candidate can perform the physical tasks required in the program.
  • Student must have reliable transportation for rotations to different clinical sites in Horry and Georgetown counties.
  • 30 days prior to the fourth semester student must complete:
    • Criminal Background Check
    • Urine Drug Screen
    • Completion of the General Hospital Orientation (GHO)
    • Proof of CPR certification for Health Care Providers
    • Purchase MLT program uniforms.
  • GPA of 2.5 or higher on all required General Education and support courses, with "C" or higher in each course. These courses include: BIO 112 (5 year time limit), ENG 101, MAT 120, PSY 201 and Humanities. Minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA must be maintained with no academic or disciplinary suspension at time of admission or program entry.
  • Note: The MLT program does not accept experiential credit for courses with an MLT prefix. 
  • To be certified as a Medical Laboratory Technician the graduate must pass the ASCP-BOC generalist certification examination. The cost of completing this examination is not included in the cost of tuition for the program.

Course Sequence and Progression Requirements

A minimum grade of "C" or better is required for all MLT-prefixed courses for progression and graduation. 

Curriculum Sequence

First Semester - Fall    
BIO 112 Basic Anatomy & Physiology 4
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
MAT 120 Probability and Statistics 3
MLT 102 Medical Laboratory Fundamentals 3
MLT 105 Medical Microbiology 4
  TOTAL 17
Second Semester - Spring    
MLT 205 Advanced Medical Microbiology 4
MLT 115 Immunology 3
MLT 120 Immunohematology 4
MLT 131 Clinical Chemistry I 3
  TOTAL 14
Third Semester - Summer    
MLT 108 Urinalysis & Body Fluids 3
MLT 210  Advanced Hematology 4
MLT 230 Clinical Chemistry II 4
  TOTAL 11
Fourth Semester - Fall    
PSY 201 General Psychology 3
MLT 251 Clinical Experience I 5
MLT 252 Clinical Experience II 5
  TOTAL 13
Fifth Semester - Spring    
MLT 253 Clinical Experience III 5
MLT 254 Clinical Experience IV 5
  Humanities or Fine Arts Elective* 3
  TOTAL 13

Total Credit Hours


*For transfer to senior institutions, students should select HIS 201 to satisfy Reach Act requirements.