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Admission Process and Criteria

MHPC Medical Laboratory Technician Program

Admission to the MHPC MLT Program is competitive and applications are assigned points in each required category in order to determine campus ranking and student selection. The application procedure and selection process are the same for all campuses participating in the MHPC MLT Program.

Students are encouraged to apply to more than one campus to potentially increase their chances of being selected for the program. Students wishing to apply to more than one campus will need to submit only one MLT application packet to the MHPC MLT Program office.

Applicants may wish to review the MLT Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Advising Form, MLT Student Handbook, and other information posted in the navigation to the left, which will give a better understanding of program requirements and student expectations.

In order to be considered for admission to the MHPC MLT Program, students must complete the following steps before the May 15th MLT Application deadline:

1. Apply for community college admission

Meet all requirements for admission to the community college, including a completed student admissions file submitted to the college where you wish to attend the MHPC MLT Program. Students must be admitted to the community college before they can be admitted to the MLT Program. The college admission process should be completed as soon as possible.

2. Submit transcripts

After applying for community college admission, students must submit high school and official college transcripts to the community college in order to complete the college admissions process. Official transcripts for all colleges attended, including dual credit, must be on file at the community college prior to the May 15th MLT application deadline.

In addition to submitting transcripts to the community college, students must also submit unofficial transcripts for all college coursework, including dual credit, to the MHPC MLT Program office in Mexico before the May 15th deadline. Students may print unofficial transcripts from the college website (student portal) and submit transcripts along with the other required MLT application materials listed below. The MLT Program office does not require a copy of high school transcripts.

NOTE: It may take a few weeks for official transcripts to arrive from other colleges. Therefore, do not delay in requesting transcripts as they must be received by the May 15th MLT application deadline. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that transcripts arrive at the community college and the MLT Program office in Mexico before the deadline.

Students who wish to apply to the program at more than one campus MUST apply for community college admission at each campus and submit official transcripts to each campus. MLT applications will not be reviewed unless transcripts are on file at the community college and the MLT Program office by the May 15th deadline.

TEAS Examination

A TEAS examination score above the 50th percentile is required for admission into the MHPC MLT program. The cost of the TEAS examination is incurred by the student and varies among the community colleges. Students may take the TEAS examination according to community college guidelines where they have applied. Only the highest TEAS examination score will be considered. Please contact your community college to schedule the TEAS examination and a score must be received in the MHPC MLT office by the May 15th deadline.

4. Application for Program Admission

After applying for community college admission & submitting all transcripts to the college, you must complete the Application for Program Admission. The admission process is very competitive and there are a limited number of seats per campus; therefore, applicants are encouraged to apply to the program at more than one campus to potentially increase their chances of being accepted to the program. Students wishing to apply to more than one campus will need to submit only one MLT application packet to the MHPC MLT Program office. Applicants who are selected for admission to the program at more than one participating campus may select which of those campuses to enroll and attend MLT classes.

5. Recommendation Forms

Submit a minimum of two recommendations using the Recommendation Form (see pages 13-14 of the application, make copies as necessary). Forms should be completed by a professional reference, other than a relative, who has knowledge of your work, academic performance, volunteer experiences, or other experiences relevant to the medical laboratory technician profession.

The recommender may mail the form directly to the MHPC MLT Program office or they may return the form to the applicant in a sealed envelope to be submitted with other application materials. Recommendation forms must be received at the MHPC MLT Program office before the May 15th application deadline. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure recommendation forms arrive before the application deadline.

Written letters of recommendation are not required but may be attached to the completed recommendation forms. Letters submitted without a completed form will not qualify as a valid recommendation. Points are earned in the MLT application review process for recommendation; therefore, it is important that the reference answers all questions on the form.

6. Essay

Submit a 1-2 page typed essay (double-spaced, 12 point font) on why you want to join the medical laboratory technician program. Include in this essay a reflection of your choice of career path and your definition of medical laboratory science. Essays will be evaluated for writing skills and will impact your admission to the program. Please submit your typed essay directly to the MHPC MLT office before the May 15th deadline. Please see page 15 of the application for instructions and essay requirements.

7. Student Release of Information Form

Complete the Student Release of Information Form (see page 16 of the application) that gives your consent for the home campus to release your student transcripts to the Missouri Health Professions Consortium for the purpose of determining your eligibility for acceptance to the MLT Program.

8. Acknowledgement of Technology Requirements Form

Review and sign the Acknowledgement of Technology Requirements Form (see page 17 of the application) to indicate you understand the technology requirements of the program. The MHPC MLT Program is a partially distance-based allied health program which utilizes e-technologies to deliver a large portion of course content and as a means of communication with program faculty and staff.

9. Performance Standards and Essential Qualifications for MLT Students

Review and sign the Performance Standards for Medical Laboratory Technician students (see page 18-19 of the application) to indicate you understand the physical requirements of the Program.

 

MLT Application Submission

Complete and/or collect the required items (#3-9 above, plus copies of unofficial college transcripts), place in one large envelope and submit to the MHPC MLT Program office in Mexico prior to the application deadline. Be sure to follow instructions on all forms. All application materials must be postmarked on or before the May 15th deadline.  Only complete application packets will be considered. Applicants should retain copies of all application materials. Once received, applications are the property of the MHPC MLT Program and will not be returned or copied.

 

Contact the MHPC MLT Program office in Mexico at (573) 582-0817 ext 13619 if you have questions about the MLT application or admissions process.

Submit all MLT application materials before the May 15th deadline to:

Missouri Health Professions Consortium
MLT Admissions Office
Attn: Holly Whitworth
2900 Doreli Lane
Mexico, MO 65265

 

Selection Process

Enrollment in the MHPC MLT Program is limited and the Program may not be able to offer admission to all qualified applicants. Only students meeting all admission criteria and submitting all required application items by the application deadline will be considered. Completed applications will be evaluated utilizing selection criteria established in advance by the program coordinator and MLT admissions committees.

Applicants are ranked using the same admission criteria and selection procedures, and rankings are grouped by clinical affiliate location in order to meet accreditation standards regarding student/faculty ratios for lab.

Application review begins as soon as materials arrive at the MLT Program office in Mexico. Each requirement for admission has a point value attached (GPA, general education coursework, recommendations, essay, etc.), and a screening score determines the preliminary ranking of applicants (paper review).

After the paper review is completed, the MLT Program office in Mexico will notify applicants of their status by email during the first week of June. Status will be either:

  1. Applicant scored enough points during application review to qualify as a “candidate”, or
  2. Applicant did not score enough points during application review to qualify for the next step in the admissions process, or
  3. Applicant did not qualify for consideration due to not meeting the established admissions criteria.

The MLT admissions committee at each campus meets in late June to discuss the applicant rankings and select the Class. Decisions of the MLT Admissions Committees are final.

The MHPC MLT Program office will notify the candidates of the admission committee decision by email during the first week of July, either selected for MLT Program admission or not selected this application cycle. Students selected for the MLT Class will be required to complete the MLT Admissions Paperwork items before the fall semester prior to beginning MLT classes in August. Failure to submit required documentation by the established deadline may result in subsequent denial of official acceptance into the MLT program.

Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirement

A minimum 2.5 GPA (Grade Point Average) or higher, on a 4-point scale, is required in the general education coursework (see next section for a list of required general education courses). Applicants who do not have a minimum 2.5 GPA in the required coursework will not be considered for Program admission. Points are earned in the MLT application review process for GPA; higher GPA’s will receive more points than lower GPA’s. Waivers to exempt older coursework from the GPA calculation will no longer be offered. For questions or assistance in calculating general education coursework GPA, please contact an advisor at the home campus community college or call the MHPC MLT Program office (573) 582-0817 ext 13619. 

General Education Coursework Requirements

Prior to beginning the MLT Program in August, students must successfully complete the following general education courses with a “C” or better and maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA or higher in the required general education coursework listed below. Some coursework may require prerequisite study; students should consult the community college catalog or an academic advisor to ensure they are taking the correct coursework.

Pre-Requisite Requirements*
Course or Component Course Equivalency at each community college
MAC MACC NCMC SFCC TRC
Human Anatomy w/Lab or HAPI**
(4 credits)
BIO2600 BIO 205 BI240 or BI238 BIO207 BIOL 231
Human Physiology w/Lab or HAPII**
(4-5 credits)
BIO2620 BIO 209 BI242 or BI238 BIO208 BIOL 232
English Composition I (or equivalent)
(3 credits)
ENG1330 LAL 101 EN101 ENG101 ENGL 111
US & State Constitution Requirement
(3 credits)
POS1180 HST105 or
PSC105
HI103 or PL216 HIST101 or
HIST102 or
POLS101
GOVT 121
Directed Electives
(3-4 credits)
PHI1420 or
SOC1130
PHI152 or
SOC101
PH101 or
SO107
PHIL102 or
SOC100
GNST090 and
PHIL 233 or
SOCI 111
Math—Appropriate Pre-Requisite for General Chemistry I (3 credits) MAT1230 MTH140 MT110 or
placement of
MT122
MATH114 MATH 163 or
placement of
MATH 164
General Chemistry I (or equivalent) (5 credits) PHS1350 PHY121 CH110 CHEM123 CHEM 121
TEAS V Test: Minimum composite 50th percentile

*General education classes may be completed at colleges other than the MHPC partner community colleges. Transfer credit is determined by each MHPC partner community college and students should not presume that all general education courses taken at another college will transfer as the equivalent to MHPC partner college coursework.

** The Anatomy and Physiology coursework is a sequence of two courses that include a lab component. Depending on the college, the two courses may be called, “Human Anatomy with Lab” and “Physiology with Lab”, or the courses may be called, “Human Anatomy and Physiology I” and “Human Anatomy and Physiology II”. Generally speaking, both courses must be taken at the same college in order for the coursework to be considered for transfer credit. The home campus community college has ultimate responsibility for determining transfer credit equivalencies.

 

Points are earned in the MLT application review process for general education coursework completion; applicants with all general education classes completed by the application deadline will earn more points than applicants who have not completed all required classes by the application deadline. Strong preference will be given to students who complete general education coursework at a MHPC partner institution. Students may submit their MLT Application prior to completing all of the general education classes. In this case, offers for program admission are contingent upon the applicant completing the remaining coursework during the summer semester, while maintaining the minimum 2.5 GPA or higher, before MLT classes begin in August. Students selected for admission to the Program must submit proof of general education course completion prior to beginning MLT classes in August.

General education classes may be completed at colleges other than the MHPC partner community college. Transfer credit is determined by each MHPC partner community college and students should not presume that all general education courses taken at another college will transfer as the equivalent to MHPC partner college coursework. Students can contact the Registrar’s Office or an academic advisor at the MHPC partner community college for assistance in determining transfer credit equivalency. If students are not currently enrolled at one of the MHPC community colleges, he or she must send official transcripts to the community college documenting completion of, or enrollment in, general education coursework for those courses to be recognized as completed or in-progress during the selection process. In addition, all applicants must send unofficial or official transcripts to the MHPC MLT Program office with their application materials.

Any student accepted into the program who fails to meet the admission contingency of completing the prerequisite courses with a “C” or better or who fails to maintain the minimum 2.5 GPA will not be eligible to begin the program in August.