What will students learn if they study Medical Laboratory Technology?
Students receive an integrated experience, with lectures and laboratory practices, both on-campus and in clinical facilities offcampus. They learn how to test specimens accurately and swiftly, with the highest ethical standards.
Are there any requirements that must be satisfied before taking courses in the major?
Algebra I is a prerequisite for all majors. Algebra I competency may be verified with a passing score on the College’s placement test or completion of the appropriate course. Students must have a “C” or better in high school laboratory biology and laboratory chemistry. As a result of the student’s performance on the College’s placement test, he or she may need developmental coursework. All developmental coursework must be completed before they will be considered for admission to the program.
How long will it take to complete this degree?
Once students complete developmental coursework (if needed), the degree can be completed in two years of full-time study. Students who register for an average of 17 credits each semester can complete the degree in two years. Students must register for the summer session following their first year.
Are graduates eligible for any national certification exams?
Successful completion of the program leads to an Associates in Applied Science degree. After graduation, graduates are eligible to take the national certification exam offered through the American Society of Clinical Pathology Board of Certification in the Medical Laboratory Technology category. Students are eligible for this certification exam, as well as other exams that may be offered.
Are there any special requirements once the student is admitted to this major?
He or she must meet the academic standards of progress outlined on the next page to stay in the program. Are there any other things I should consider before I apply? Yes, there are practical considerations, health considerations and legal considerations that you should review before making the decision to choose medical laboratory technology as a career:
The following Practical Considerations are listed so the student may be better able to assess their career choice in terms of ability to succeed in the program and gain employment in the field:
- Have written and oral communications skills in the English language to effectively and accurately communicate with patients, peers, and supervisors.
- Have sufficient visual acuity to determine a specimen’s macroscopic characteristics and color. Have sufficient visual acuity to determine microscopic cell characteristics and staining properties.
- Have motor skills and strength capable of fine and delicate manipulation and adjustments.
- Demonstrate acceptable affective behaviors required by health care employees such as maintaining excellent attendance and integrity and being able to work under pressure.
- Comprehend and follow clinical policies and procedures related to the profession you choose.
Due to the nature of clinical experiences in the Medical Laboratory Technology Program, students will be participating in a work environment that has the potential of exposure to blood borne pathogens and infectious diseases. All students accepted into the Medical Laboratory Technology Program are provided with instruction on infection control protocols specific to the Program in order to reduce the risk of disease transmission.
A student is required to have a criminal background check performed with satisfactory results acceptable by Middlesex County College and the Medical Laboratory Technology Department and/or participating clinical facilities as a consideration of admission, initial enrollment and/or continued enrollment. An offer of admission will not be final and enrollment not permitted until the completion of a satisfactory criminal background check. Admission may be denied or rescinded or enrollment terminated based on the results of the criminal background check .
* National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS)
5600 N. River Road, Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018