CIP Code: 51.0802
NOVA Code: 1510
Offered through MEC
Purpose: The curriculum is designed to prepare students to perform essential laboratory testing on blood and body fluids that is critical to the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of disease. In a medical laboratory, the medical laboratory technician (MLT) is part of a team of highly skilled pathologists, technologists, and phlebotomists working together to determine the presence, extent or absence of disease, and helping to evaluate the effectiveness of treatment. This program emphasizes “hands-on” practice of laboratory methods in a state-of-the-art laboratory at the Medical Education Campus in Springfield, followed by clinical experience at various affiliating healthcare organizations.
Upon completion of the program, graduates will be eligible to take the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification examination and other national certification examinations offered at the technician level.
Credit for Prior Learning: Students in this program who have completed a military laboratory training program and hold Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) Certification from the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification (BOC) are eligible for credit for prior learning in the major coursework. See an academic advisor for further information.
Transfer Information: Transfer is not the primary purpose of an A.A.S. program, but transfer may be an option for certified MLTs. Students interested in transfer should contact an academic advisor early in their program.
Career Opportunities: Employment for medical laboratory technicians is available in hospital laboratories, private laboratories, physicians’ office laboratories, health department laboratories, and industrial medical laboratories.
Admission Requirements: Admission to the Medical Laboratory Technology program is competitive. Applicants must do the following:
- Comply with all general admission program requirements.
- View the online Medical Laboratory Technology information session.
- Be eligible for MTH 161 as shown by satisfactory scores on NOVA placement tests.
- Complete with a grade of “C” or higher: BIO 141 or BIO 231 , CHM 111 or CHM 241 and CHM 242 , ENG 111 , and SDV 101 .
- Complete the TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) test.
- Document a GPA of at least 2.0 at the last school attended.
Continuation Requirements: Each course in the program major must be completed with a grade of “C” or better before taking the next course in the sequence.
Special Accreditation Status: The program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS); 5600 North River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, Illinois 60018; Phone: 773-714-8880; Fax: 773-714-8886; www.naacls.org.