Medical Lab Tech Program

East Central College offers the Medical Laboratory Technician program through the Missouri Health Professions Consortium (MHPC) and is coordinated through Moberly Area Community College in Moberly, Missouri. MLT’s occupy an essential function on the healthcare team. This group of professionals focuses on laboratory specimens and techniques that provide physicians with test results for medical decisions. The breadth of knowledge needed to function in this profession include the following areas:

  • Hematology and Coagulation
  • Clinical Microbiology
  • Parasitology
  • Mycology and Virology
  • Immunohematology
  • Clinical Chemistry and Urinalysis
  • Immunology and Phlebotomy

Core classes in this program study human diseases and laboratory tests that identify them. Students learn to operate equipment in medical laboratories and perform a wide range of procedures. Classroom lecture and clinical instruction emphasize proper specimen collection and handling, understanding test procedures, safety, quality control, acquisition of technical skills, and troubleshooting techniques. The MLT program prepares you to assume responsibility in various laboratory settings, medical or non-medical, clinical diagnostic or research, hospital or reference laboratories.

The MHPC MLT Program is full-time only, with courses offered in a specific sequence. Each summer, an average of thirty students are selected to begin the program in the fall.  The professional year of the program (MLT coursework) is designed to be completed within 12 months beginning in August and ending the following August. After all classes and clinical requirements are completed within the MHPC MLT Program, students graduate from their home campus. When students have successfully completed the Medical Laboratory Technician program, they will be eligible to take the American Society for Clinical Pathology certification examination.

The MHPC MLT Program is fully accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 56000 N. River Rd. , Suite 720, Rosmont, IL 60018, (773)714-8880 or info@naacls.org.

Contact us if you have any questions about the MLT program.

Nancy Mitchell, MSN, RN
Interim Dean of Health Sciences
Health Science Building – HS 105
1964 Prairie Dell Road
Union, MO 63084

nancy.mitchell@eastcentral.edu

Julie Beck
Program Assistant for Allied Health
Health Science Building – Suite 105
1964 Prairie Dell Road
Union, MO 63084

(636) 584-6616
julie.beck@eastcentral.edu

Alese Thompson MS, MLS(ASCP)CM
Executive Director of the MHPC MLT Program
MACC-Mexico
2900 Doreli Lane
Mexico, MO 65265
(573) 582-0817 x 13624

alesethompson@macc.edu

Holly Whitworth
Medical Laboratory Technician Program Administrative Assistant
MHPC MLT Program Office
2900 Doreli Lane
Mexico, MO 65265
Phone: (573) 582-0817 x13619

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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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

Application Packet

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.

Students completing the program will earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in Medical Laboratory Technician.

After all of the classes and clinical requirements are completed within the MHPC MLT Program, students graduate from East Central College.

The MHPC MLT Program is full-time only, with courses offered in a specifc sequence. Each summer, an average of thirty students are selected to begin the program in the fall (for the entire consortium). The professional year of the program (MLT coursework) is designed to be completed within 12 months beginning in August and ending the following August.

When students have successfully completed the Medical Laboratory Technician program, they will be eligible to take the American Society for Clinical Pathology  certification examination (ASCP-BOC).

As of 2016, the Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed there are 328,200 MLT’s in the United States. The median pay for MLT’s nationwide is $50,930 per year.

Career opportunities are open to medical laboratory technicians include:

  • Staffing hospital, private, and public health laboratories;
  • Specialized positions in hematology, clinical chemistry, clinical microbiology, parasitology, mycology, virology, serology, blood banking, hemostasis, toxicology, or molecular biology;
  • Research and development of new test procedures, products, and equipment;
  • Research and quality control in industry positions;
  • Sales distribution of pharmaceuticals or laboratory products;
  • Forensic laboratories;
  • Education and training programs for medical laboratories;
  • Technical specialists to teach new procedures and instrumentation.

Professionals employed in the field of medical laboratory technology are an indispensable part of the health care team. Using samples from many kinds of human specimens, laboratorians perform determinations and analysis that physicians use to maintain health or to diagnose and treat disease. Testing involves operating sophisticated instruments, identifying microscopic organisms, using routine testing kits and performing complicated assays. Laboratory work requires technical expertise and attention to detail.

A laboratory professional not only performs the testing but also recognizes disease states. With their specialized training, medical laboratory technicians provide the health care team with the most accurate results available.

The MHPC MLT program prepares one to work successfully in many environments. The program graduate is eligible to take the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP-BOC) certification examination. Core requirements of this program can also prepare graduates to transfer to a four-year program.