Frequently Asked Questions
About the MHPC MLT Program:
Most of the Medical Laboratory Technician coursework includes lecture and student laboratory or clinical components. For MLT 210 Immunology, MLT 220 Clinical Chemistry, MLT 230 Urinalysis and Body Fluids, MLT 250 Hematology, MLT 260 Phlebotomy, MLT 270 Immunohematology, and MLT 280 Clinical Microbiology, students will attend lectures each week and be scheduled for student laboratory or clinical experience in hospital or private laboratories. Students will spend the last semester of the program in clinical blocks.
I want to apply to the program. How do I get an admission packet?
Admissions packets are available HERE.
What tests are required for admission into the program?
TEAS test with score at least 50th
How many students do you accept?
Roughly 30 students a year
What is the required GPA for admission?
Are there required pre-requisite courses that must be taken in order to be eligible to apply?
Yes, you must meet all requirements of the pre-requisite courses in order to be eligible for the program. Please visit our Academic Map HERE to find a list of the courses necessary prior to entry into the program. You will have until the end of the Summer semester prior to program start to finish any required pre-requisite courses. You may be accepted into the program prior to having pre-requisite courses completed, but continued enrollment in the program is contingent on passing grades from any pre-requisite courses prior to program start.
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.
When is the application deadline?
How do the required laboratory sessions work?
All MLT students will be required to travel to the MACC Mexico Campus at designated consecutive days during the fall and spring semesters to participate in “centralized lab” sessions that bring the students from all campuses together for group lab activities and testing. Any required lodging and transportation will be at the student’s expense.
Are my classes virtual?
The classroom lecture component is taught and recorded by MACC faculty and is available to the MLT students located at the East Central College, Mineral Area College, MACC, North Central Missouri College, Three Rivers College, and State Fair Community College campuses using online learning management system technology. Weekly office hours are available virtually with all the instructors in the program.
What type of technology requirements must I have for virtual classes?
Students are NOT required to have a personally owned computer or home-based high-speed internet access as these materials and services are made readily available at all “home” campuses. However, it is strongly recommended that students have their own computer and high-speed internet access for use throughout the program.
If I already have a bachelor’s degree, what are my options after completing the MLT Program?
Students may sit for their Medical Laboratory Scientist certification examination (the 4 year version of the laboratory degree) if they already have a bachelor’s degree that meets eligibility requirements listed below, after at least one full time year working in the laboratory field after obtaining MLT certification. The programmatic year of our NAACLS Accredited MLT Program is the equivalent of one-year work experience for eligibility, according to ASCP.
According to the ASCP Board of Certification, to sit for the MLS exam using Route 2 entry, a student must:
- Valid MLT(ASCP) certification,
- AND a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college/university with 16 semester hours (24 quarter hours) in biology including one semester in microbiology and 16 semester hours (24 quarter hours) in chemistry including one semester in organic or biochemistry, which may be obtained within, or in addition to, the baccalaureate degree,
- AND two years of full time acceptable clinical experience*** in blood banking, chemistry, hematology, microbiology, immunology, and urinalysis/body fluids in an acceptable laboratory with in the last five years.
***Successful completion of a NAACLS accredited MLT program within the last five years can be used in lieu of one year of full time acceptable clinical experience. In addition, this will count as completion of one semester of organic or biochemistry.
Is Financial Aid available?
Financial aid is available for students who qualify. It is the student's responsibility to apply at their college’s Financial Aid Office. Students should not wait until the last minute to apply for financial aid.
Please check with your “home campus” for scholarship opportunities.
How long is the MLT program?
The MLT program can be completed within two (2) years if starting with no pre-requisite courses completed. Students take the general education coursework the first year. MLT Program courses begin in the fall semester. The MLT portion of the program lasts three semesters (Fall, Spring, Summer) and is intensive.
How much time outside of class is required to be successful?
Because a great deal of material is covered in a short period of time, students must be focused and dedicated. To be successful, students should study two (2) hours for every one hour of class. We urge students to be organized and plan around work and home schedules in order to maximize your success in the program.
How do clinical placements work?
The MLT Program Clinical Coordinator will make every attempt to match a student with a clinical site that is conveniently located near their home (within an hours’ drive) or one that the student prefers if alternative living arrangements are available. Students are responsible for transportation to and from their clinical sites. Clinical rotations are not guaranteed in your area each year for the amount of students we have apply, so competition for clinical space is probable.
If accepted, what are the additional requirements are needed before the student begins the program?
To be eligible for enrollment after acceptance in the MHPC MLT Program, the following program requirements must be submitted AFTER receiving an acceptance letter:
- Proof of the following immunizations.
- TB Test: One within the last two years and one within one year prior to the end of rotation OR One T-SPOT/QFT (blood test) within one year prior to the end of rotation
- 2 MMR vaccinations OR a positive titer
- 2 Varicella vaccinations OR a positive titer
- Current season’s flu vaccine
- Hepatitis B vaccinations series of 3 shots OR a positive titer
- Tetanus Diphtheria (Td) or (Tdap) within the last 10 years
- Negative Drug Screen Result
- Minimum 10 panel drug screen
- Negative Background Check Results
- A series of background checks will be run through the State of Missouri as well as any states where you have lived in the past 10 years
*Please note enrollment in the clinical requirements for the program is contingent on providing the above information to our office after acceptance. Lack of immunizations, positive results for the drug screen, or background check may jeopardize enrollment.