The Medical Laboratory Technician (or Clinical Laboratory Technician) works in a hospital, clinic, private or research laboratory performing a variety of diagnostic tests. The course of study includes mathematics, chemistry, anatomy and physiology, medical laboratory procedures, general education courses and one academic semester of clinical field experience. Graduates may be eligible to take national certification examinations like that offered by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).

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Program Admission Requirements

Application may be submitted to the Health Careers Enrollment Center while meeting the following requirements:

  • High School Diploma/GED
  • Complete ENG-1010 College Composition I or ENG-101H Honors College Composition I with “C” or higher.
  • Complete MATH-1410 Elementary Probability and Statistics I or higher with “C” or higher.
  • Completion of CHEM-1020 Introduction to Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, MLT-1000 Introduction to Medical Laboratory Technology & MA-1020 Medical Terminology I
  • Eligibility to enroll in BIO-2331 Anatomy and Physiology I by sufficient score on Biology placement test or CHEM-1010 Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry and CHEM-1020 Introduction to Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry with “C” or higher.
  • GPA required: 2.50 admissions requirements. 2.50 overall

Other Information

  • 15 students accepted per year
  • For students with minimal computer experience, highly recommend also taking IT-1010 Introduction to Microcomputer Applications.
  • All science and math courses must have been completed within seven years of application submission, and may only be repeated once to improve a grade. Applicants with bachelor’s or higher degree in sciences may have seven year limit on science and math courses waived (contact program manager).
  • The program begins Spring semester yearly, but is subject to change. Review the program website for comprehensive admissions information and application: http://www.tri-c.edu/programs/healthcareers/medicallab/Pages/Default.aspx.
  • Criminal background check required.
  • Non-native English applicants required to take and pass TOEFL with minimum scores of: Reading 21, Listening 22, Writing 23, and Speaking 24.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program is designed to prepare students to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  1. Organize workflow using technology to produce efficient, detail oriented work and identify emergencies and use problem solving skills to resolve these issues.
  2. Follow governmental, accreditation, and institutional guidelines in relationship to safety, infection control, confidentiality, and proficiency testing.
  3. Practice consistent quality assurance through precise performance, monitoring, analyzing, and documenting of all quality testing.
  4. Collect samples; perform testing procedures according to SOP; operate, maintain, and trouble shoot instrumentation; and keep accurate records.
  5. Interact with patients, staff and colleagues, using tact, courtesy, and respect.
  6. Develop professionalism by adhering to institutional policies and practicing ethical standards as defined by accrediting boards.

Suggested Semester Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
Program Admissions Requirements SemesterCredit Hours
CHEM-1020 Introduction to Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry 1 4
MA-1020 Medical Terminology I 3
MATH-1410 Elementary Probability and Statistics I 2 3
MLT-1000 Introduction to Medical Laboratory Technology 3
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition I  
Honors College Composition I  
 Credit Hours16
First Semester
BIO-2331 Anatomy and Physiology I 3 4
MLT-1351 Problem Solving Techniques for the Medical Laboratory 2
MLT-1491 Urinalysis and Body Fluids 3
MLT-2461 Hematology 3
PHIL-1000 Critical Thinking 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
BIO-2500 Microbiology 4
MLT-2471 Immunohematology & Serology 5
MLT-2501 Clinical Chemistry 5
 Credit Hours14
Third Semester
BIO-2341 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
MLT-2482 Clinical Microbiology 5
MLT-2990 Advanced MLT Applications 6
 Credit Hours15
Fourth Semester
MLT-2940 Medical Laboratory Field Experience 3
MLT-2980 Professional Development and Life Skills 1
 Credit Hours4
 Total Credit Hours64