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Medical Laboratory Technician Admissions

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,  Associate of Applied Science degree program. Graduates are prepared to sit for national certification exams such as with the American Society for Clinical Pathology.

The MLT Program is fully accredited by NAACLS (National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences – 5600 North River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, Illinois, 60018 – phone:  773-714-8880).

Steps to Apply

  1. Submit an application for general admission to HCC. Select Medical Laboratory Technician as your learning program on the application.
  2. Attend an information session, if available
  3. Take placement tests, if applicable: Students may be exempt from the placement test if they have transcripts showing completion of college-level English and/or math at another academic institution, qualifying High School GPA or SAT/ACT test scores. Please speak to an advisor to review your options.
  4. Complete the required prerequisite coursework with appropriate overall GPA. 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.
  5. Submit official college transcripts for all colleges you wish to transfer credit: Complete an Official Transcript Evaluation Request Form
  6. Complete the supplemental application for admission to the Medical Laboratory Technician Program. The application fee is $25. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis
  7. Submit all documents to the Office of Admissions and Advising (RCF-242)

MLT Program Essential Functions
Applicants must be aware of the expectations (sometimes referred to as  "essential functions") within the medical laboratory field. They include:

  1. 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
  2. Hearing Ability:
    • Adequate hearing to answer phones, alarms, and communicate with patients, other professionals, and stakeholders
  3. 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)
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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

Clinical Requirement

The Medical Laboratory Technician program conducts the following four (4) courses concurrently during the last spring semester of the program: MLTS-251, MLTS-252, and MLTS-254. Nine (9) hours per week are assigned to each course and therefore, approximately 36 hours per week for 15 weeks are dedicated to the clinical practice training. The hours and assignments will vary according to the activities conducted in the student lab and at the off-campus clinical sites.

Clinical Requirement

A drug screening and criminal background check will be required prior to enrollment in any nursing and 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 are not able to progress in the clinical 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 background, you may wish to discuss this matter with legal counsel.

MLT Program Documents

Additional Information

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