Medical Laboratory Technology - Associate in Applied Science Degree
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.
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. 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 - felony or misdemeanor convictions could result in applicants being ineligible to complete the program.
- Submit a Health Sciences Division Student Health Record Form indicating the candidate has the ability to perform the physical tasks required in the program.
- 30 days prior to the fourth semester student must complete:
- • Criminal Background Check - felony or misdemeanor convictions could result in applicants being ineligible to complete the program.
- Urine Drug Screen
- Completion of the General Hospital Orientation (GHO)
- Proof of CPR certification for Health Care Providers
- GPA of 2.0 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.
- Student must have reliable transportation for rotations to different clinical sites in Horry and Georgetown counties.
- 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.
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; email@example.com.
For more information about HGTC's accreditations, click here.
- MLT Handbook
- Essential Functions Proclamation Form
- Student Outcomes Information
- Clinical Requirements
- Background Check
- Program Cost
Other Student Information
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:
- Medical Research Labs
- Physician's Office
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.
|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|
|Second Semester - Spring|
|MLT 205||Advanced Medical Microbiology||4|
|MLT 210||Advanced Hematology||4|
|MLT 131||Clinical Chemistry I||3|
|Third Semester - Summer|
|MLT 108||Urinalysis & Body Fluids||3|
|MLT 230||Clinical Chemistry II||4|
|Fourth Semester - Fall|
|PSY 201||General Psychology||3|
|MLT 251||Clinical Experience I||5|
|MLT 252||Clinical Experience II||5|
|Fifth Semester - Spring|
|MLT 253||Clinical Experience III||5|
|MLT 254||Clinical Experience IV||5|
|Humanities or Fine Arts Elective**||3|
Total Credit Hours
|*May substitute BIO 210 for BIO 112.
**Recommended students take PHI 110 for Humanities/Fine Arts elective. For transfer to senior institutions, students should select HIS 201 for Humanities/Fine Arts to satisfy Reach Act requirements.