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Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT)

Medical Laboratory Technicians (MLT) are clinical professionals who, under the supervision of other medical scientists such as medical technologists, perform and interpret laboratory procedures vital to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease. MLTs make critical contributions to health care.

The Medical Laboratory Technician program is a Full-Time Day, Spring entry Associate of Applied Science Degree. Graduates are prepared to sit for national certification exams such as with the American Society for Clinical Pathology.

The MLT Program is pursing accreditation from NAACLS (National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences – 5600 North River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, Illinois, 60018 – phone:  773-714-8880). The MLT Program currently has candidacy status.

Listed below are basic student qualifications for admittance to the program (also referred to as “essential functions”) – these additionally serve well as employer’s expectations of specific skills required in routine job performance:

Visual Ability:

Sufficient visual acuity to:

  • proficiently use the microscope – includes ability to differentiate colors and morphological features
  • interpret test reactions by differentiating colors or degrees of cloudiness, precipitation, fluorescence, or agglutination
  • differentiate macroscopic characteristics of samples and organisms
  • discern volume lines on a pipette or calibrated labware
  • read computer screens, reports, and graphs
  • read reagent labels, expiration dates, and safety information
  • recognize and then interpret and respond to nonverbal behavior such as when observing a patient’s response during phlebotomy

Hearing Ability:

  • Adequate hearing to answer phones, alarms, and communicate with patients, other professionals, and stakeholders

Communication Skills:

  • Ability to communicate in a culturally competent manner - especially in English both verbally and in written form
  • When interacting with individuals, demonstrate respect for all ages, genders, sexual orientations, races, religions, disabilities, and backgrounds (i.e.:  ethnicity, socioeconomics, and cultures)

Motor Skills:

  • Demonstration of fine motor skills and good hand-eye coordination when palpating patient veins or when handling pipettes, venipuncture supplies, test kits, and other equipment or instrumentation
  • Ability to lift up/carry 25 pounds and to be able to reach higher than normal bench tops (up to 45 inches)
  • Demonstrate psychomotor function that will allow safe movement within the laboratory and in patient rooms

Intellectual Skills:

  • Demonstrate the ability to apply universal precautions/standards when necessary or when directed
  • Ability to comprehend technical / professional materials as well as verbal instructions
  • Ability to retain the MLT “body of knowledge” acquired during training and past experiences

Behavioral Social Skills:

  • Demonstrate ability to work professionally  and ethically in stressful situations
  • Demonstrate ability to interact appropriately with individuals of all ages, genders, sexual orientations, races, religions, disabilities, and backgrounds (i.e.:  ethnicity, socioeconomics, and cultures)
  • Demonstrate ability to recognize emergency situations and respond appropriately
  • Demonstrate behaviors, actions, attitudes and values (particularly integrity) consistent with the professionalism expected of MLTs
  • Demonstrate adherence to the HCC Student Code of Conduct in all academic and clinical settings
  • Demonstrate compliance with HIPAA (with emphasis in the ability to exercise discretion when communicating sensitive, confidential or private information), Universal Standards, and other safety regulations

 Steps to Apply to the Medical Laboratory Technician Program

Students interested in the Medical Laboratory Technician program should work closely with the Office of Admissions and Advising and select Medical Laboratory Technician as their learning program on the HCC application. Further information is available by visiting or contacting Mary O'Rourke directly at 443-518-4778.

A Drug Screening and Criminal Background Check will be required prior to enrollment in any nursing/allied health clinical course in order to ensure the safety of patients in the clinical setting. Students who do not comply with the drug screening and criminal background check are ineligible for placement in clinical agencies and therefore are not able to progress in the clinical nursing/allied health program. Students with a criminal background may be unable to progress in the clinical nursing/allied health program. It is the student’s responsibility to know whether they are eligible for licensure. If a student has a criminal background, it is the students’ responsibility to explore whether the background will prohibit them from being licensed and employed in the health care industry. HCC faculty and staff are NOT able to provide legal advice. If you have any questions about your existing criminal background, you may wish to discuss this with legal counsel.

Students who are admitted to the clinical portion of the program may click here for more information about orientation and health requirements. Students who are unsuccessful in the clinical portion of the program should refer to the Program Director and Medical Laboratory Technician Student Handbook.

Please consult with a Nursing/Allied Health Advisor in the Office of Admissions and Advising (RCF-242) to get the most current information on prerequisites and requirements. The College reserves the right to change unilaterally, without notification, any requirement, fee or program if it is deemed necessary.

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