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:
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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