Medical Laboratory Technology

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The Medical Laboratory Technology Program (MLT) is a two-year program of study that prepares individuals to work in a clinical laboratory. Medical lab technologists perform a wide range of routine laboratory procedures associated with blood and body-fluid analysis. The skilled MLT is responsible for performing laboratory tests efficiently and accurately for high quality patient care.

As members of the health care delivery team, medical laboratory technologists are responsible for assuring reliable and accurate laboratory test results that contribute to the diagnosis, treatment, prognosis, and prevention of physiological and pathological conditions.

This program is designed to meet the standards and requirements for careers in clinical laboratory science. At career entry, the medical laboratory technician/clinical laboratory technician will be able to perform routine clinical laboratory tests (such as hematology, clinical chemistry, immunohematology, microbiology, serology/immunology, coagulation, and urinalysis) as the primary analyst making specimen-oriented decisions on pre-determined criteria. Clinical affiliates for the MLT program include: Anderson's Health Systems; Rush Health Systems (specifically Laird Hospital, Primary Care Associates, Rush Core lab, & Outreach lab); Lackey Memorial Hospital; and Neshoba General Hospital. Upon successful completion of the technical program, the student will be eligible to take a national certification examination.

Progression: To meet graduation requirements for this program, students must successfully complete the specified courses listed below with a “C” average (GPA of 2.00) or better. A grade of “C” or higher is required in each MLT course to progress in the program.

Minimum admission requirements (in addition to general admission requirements) must include one of the following:

  • Attain an 18 composite score on the ACT;
  • Score a 251 or higher on the ACCUPLACER NG Reading Section and a 251 or higher on the ACCUPLACER NG Arithmetic Section
  • Complete 15 semester hours with a “C” average or above at an accredited college or university and meet requirements for Intermediate Algebra (MAT 1233). Developmental coursework does not satisfy this requirement; and
  • Have a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.00 (“C” average) on all previous college coursework; and
  • Attend an MLTLT Information Session. Students will receive notice from the Registrar’s Office about scheduling their Information Session.


The MLT Admissions Committee will select each year’s class from the pool of applicants who meet minimum admission requirements.  Any application with incomplete records will not be considered for admission.  The admission process is competitive, and completion of minimum requirements is not a guarantee of admission.  Priority consideration for admission will be given as follows:

  1. In-district students who complete program prerequisites and/or general education coursework at MCC;
  2. Out-of-district students who complete program prerequisites and/or general education coursework at MCC;
  3. Mississippi residents who complete program prerequisites and/or general education coursework elsewhere;
  4. Out-of-state students check with the Health Education Advisor for selection details and deadlines.

 

After program admission and prior to classes beginning, students must provide proof of immunization for MMR. A Drug Screening Test will be scheduled after classes begin.  A negative Mantoux Two-Step TB Skin Test is required before students can enter the clinical practicum the second January in the program.

All students admitted into the program will be required to pay for fingerprinting and background checks, which will be performed after admission and prior to clinical practicum. These fees will be attached as registration fees.  There are certain convictions that will prevent an individual from being eligible to participate in clinical practicum.  If a student is unable to participate in clinical practicum, he/she will be dismissed from the program.  For additional information, please contact the health education counselor or your advisor.

Students in the Medical Laboratory Technology Program must attend MCC full-time (15 or more semester credit hours).

First Year  |  First Semester
Course Number Course Description Hours
MLT 1111 Fundamentals of MLT/Phlebotomy 1
ENG 1113 English Composition I 3
CHE 1213/1211 General Chemistry I w/Lab
or
4
CHE 1113/1111 Chemistry Survey w/Lab

4
BIO 2513/2511 Anatomy & Physiology I w/Lab
or
4
BIO 1133/1131 General Biology I/Lab
or
4
BIO 2924 Microbiology w/Lab 4
MLT  1213 Urinalysis/Body Fluids 3
MAT 1233

Intermediate Algebra 
or

3
MAT 1313

College Algebra

3
  Semester Hours 18
FIRST YEAR  |  SECOND SEMESTER
Course Number Course Description Hours
SPT 1113 Public Speaking 3
MLT 1413 Immunology/Serology 3
MLT 1313 Hematology I 3
MLT 2523 Pathogenic Microbiology I 3
  Behavioral Science Elective 3
  Semester Hours 15
SUMMER SEMESTER
Course Number Course Description Hours
  Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
  Semester Hours 3
SECOND YEAR  |  FIRST SEMESTER
Course Number Course Description Hours
MLT 1324 Hematology II 4
MLT 1515 Clinical Chemistry 5
MLT 2424 Immunohematology 4
MLT 2614 Pathogenic Microbiology II 4
  Semester Hours 17
SECOND YEAR  |  SECOND SEMESTER
Course Number Course Description Hours
MLT 2944 Clinical Practicum I 4
MLT 2954 Clinical Practicum II 4
MLT 2964 Clinical Practicum III 4
MLT 2711 Seminar 1
  Semester Hours 13
SUMMER SEMESTER
Course Number Course Description Hours
MLT 2974 Clinical Practicum  IV 4
MLT 2722 Certification Fundamentals of MLT 2
  Semester Hours 6
Total Semester Hours 72

This program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS), 8410 West Byrn Mawr Avenue, Suite 670, Chicago, IL 60631, 773.714.8880.

Mississippi Law requires healthcare professionals or Career Technical Education students enrolled in programs whose primary purpose is to prepare professionals to render patient care services, submit to criminal background checks, and fingerprinting prior to beginning any clinical rotation in a licensed healthcare entity. If such fingerprinting or criminal background checks of the student discloses a felony conviction, guilty plea or plea of no contendere to a felony of possession or sale of drugs, murder, manslaughter, armed robbery, rape, sexual battery, sex offense listed in Section 45-33-23 (g), child abuse, arson, grand larceny, burglary, gratification of lust, aggravated assault or felonious abuse and/or battery of a vulnerable adult which has not been reversed on appeal or for which a pardon has not been granted, the student shall not be eligible to be admitted to such health program of study or will not be eligible to participate in clinical training in a licensed entity.

In addition to the disqualifying events listed in Section 37-29-232 of the Mississippi Code of 1972 annotated, clinical affiliates may, at their discretion, refuse to provide clinical experiences to any student whom the clinical affiliate feels are not suitable for employment or for the clinical experience setting.

Any drug conviction; bodily harm, neglect or abuse, or felony DUI conviction within a year of starting date of class is cause for denial of the clinical experience setting. Any convictions more than a year beyond the starting date of class will be examined by the “Review Standards Committee” with a decision rendered if the student is allowed to participate in the clinical experience setting. Any charges pending a resolution will require documentation of disposition from the student.

Board Certifications (BOC) pass rates for graduates 2019-2021 100%
Job Placement rate for graduates 2019-2021 100%
Program Graduation rates 2019-2021 100%
Program Attrition rate 2018-2020 0%

 

MCC’s Medical Laboratory Technology program is a program that meets the education requirements for a medical lab technician and qualifies graduates to take a national certification examination.  The Medical Laboratory Technology program at MCC has not made a determination on whether the degree meets the state education requirements for other US States, Territories, or the District of Columbia. Additional information regarding licensure can be found at ascls.org/advocacy-issues/licensure outbound link
  • Hospital Laboratories
  • Clinics
  • Doctor's Offices
  • Blood Centers
  • Hematology
  • Immunology/Serology
  • Immunohematology
  • Pathogenic Microbiology
  • $55,990 (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Board of Certifications pass rate for the class of 2019 is 100%.

 

For more informationFor more information:
Sheila Johnson, coordinator
sjohns29@meridiancc.edu
601.484.8755

For more informationFor more information:
LaQuita Chambers, pre-health advisor
lchambe5@meridiancc.edu
601.481.1311