The Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) program prepares Allied Health professionals to perform analysis on blood and body fluids to enable a physician to diagnose and monitor the treatment of diseases. The MLT program helps students obtain marketable skills for entry level positions. Graduates earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree. The program satisfies entry-level skill requirements and provides a foundation for career advancement.
*Proposed Fall 2015 Curriculum to be approved by Alamo Colleges and Texas Higher Education Coordination Board.
Professional Organizations & Sites of Interest
The Medical Laboratory Technician program maintains close ties with professional organizations representing the clinical laboratory science field. Additional information for Medical Laboratory Technician career opportunities may be obtained at the following sites:
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Faculty & Staff
The Medical Laboratory Technician (MLAB) program faculty are dedicated credentialed professionals with several years of clinical experience. Each faculty member has received a national certification from a recognized credentialing agency (American Society for Clinical Pathologists, National Crediting Agency, American Medical Technology Association). Each faculty member has worked in all areas of hospital laboratories.
Terri Murphy-Sanchez, MT (ASCP), Program Director
Location: Center for Health Professions (CHP) 330V
Program Accreditation and Licensure
The Medical Laboratory Technician Program is an integrated curriculum which leads to an Associate's of Applied Science Degree. The curriculum includes courses in clinical hematology, immunology, immunohematology, clinical microbiology, and clinical chemistry. Clinical experiences are provided in area hospitals and clinics. After completing the required academic and medical laboratory courses, you will receive an Associate of Applied Science degree and will be eligible for any of the national certification examinations administered by the various accrediting agencies (American Society for Clinical Pathologists, American Society of Medical Technologists).
At this time, the state of Texas does not require any type of licensing examination for medical laboratory technicians; however, completion of this program will allow you to take the licensing examinations in other states. One other program is offered in under the Medical Laboratory Technician program: Phlebotomy training.
The Medical Laboratory Technician program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS), 5600 North River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, Illinois 60018-5119, Phone (847) 939-3597 or (773) 714-8880.
Admission and Prerequisite Requirements
I. GENERAL ADMISSION PROCESS
It is required that all Medical Laboratory Program applicants follow the procedures below. Unsuccessful completion of all items within the mandated time-frame will preclude the application and therefore the application will not be considered for admission review.
- Meeting criteria for selection does not guarantee admission to the program. Final selection will be based on the applicant pool and space available.
- Complete application packets for the program must be submitted and postmarked by USPS by June 30.
--completion of the TEAS V exam
--submission of all official transcripts from all colleges attended (see application checklist for more information)
By submitting an application packet, an individual verifies that he/she has:
1) Read the web page
2) Obtained all necessary documents
3) Understood the procedures to be followed for admission into the Medical Laboratory Technician program
II. PREREQUISITE REQUIREMENTS
1. Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete all college course requirements prior to the start of the program. All prerequisites must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher.
These courses are:
- BIOL 2404 Human Anatomy and Physiology
- CHEM 1411 General Chemistry I
- MATH 1314 College Algebra
- ENGL 1301 Composition I
- PHIL 2306 Introduction to Ethics
- PSYC 2301 General Psychology
2. Standardized Testing
All applicants are required to take a standardized test. For all Allied Health Programs, applicants will be taking the Assessment Technology Institute (ATI) The Essential Academic Skills (TEAS V) standardized exam. The TEAS V is a web-based exam that helps identify students with the best chance of success in the Allied Health field. The TEAS V is a multiple choice assessment of basic academic knowledge that covers Reading, Mathematics, Science and English language usage.
The cost of the exam is $81. The exam may only be taken once every 6 months.
- Students must register prior to taking the exam.
- Click here to register for the TEAS V exam.
- Students interested in improving their test scores may retake the TEAS V test once per academic year, for a total of two attempts.
- The resulting overall score will be used in the applicant ranking process.
- Click here to access study materials for the TEAS V exam.
Application and Selection Process
Application deadline for admission to the Medical Laboratory Technician Program (MLAB) is June 30. It is recommended students submit a complete application packet once prerequisites have been completed for consideration before the start of the Fall semester class. If a student is completing a prerequisite during the Spring or Summer session, an updated official transcript must be submitted to the program.
Applications are reviewed and processed for consideration for the fall semester cohort. Failure to complete and submit all requested paperwork on/or before June 30 will not be considered for the upcoming fall cohort. The program accepts 18 students annually.
Download APPLICATION here
For further assistance or questions, please contact the program director.
After careful review of all applicants by the program director and faculty, applicants will be notified of their acceptance or nonacceptance into the program. Before being fully accepted into any Allied Health Program, students must:
1. Pass a mandatory criminal background check and drug screen (at the student's expense).
2. Complete American Heart Association BLS Health Care Provider CPR certification and submit a copy of card as verification.
3. You must show proof of current immunization status. The immunization requirements are mandated by the State of Texas for all Allied Health students as part of entry into the program. Failure to complete the required immunizations will prevent the student from participating in clinical rotations. The immunizations consist of:
a. TB skin test x 2
b. Tetanus/Diptheria/Pertussis (DTAP)
c. Mumps/Measles/Rubella (MMR)
d. Hepatitis A
c. Hepatitis B
e. Bacterial Meningitis
f. Flu shot/H1N1 immunization
4. HIV screening test
5. The student must have proof of medical insurance. Students must be covered for accident and sickness prior to attending their clinical rotations. If your medical insurance covers both accident and sickness, you must provide proof of coverage to the Program Director.
Classes begin in the fall semester and enrollment is limited to 18 students.