Medical Laboratory Technology
The Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) Curriculum prepares individuals to perform clinical laboratory procedures in chemistry, hematology, microbiology, and immunohematology that may be used in the maintenance of health and diagnosis/treatment of disease.
Course work emphasizes mathematical and scientific concepts related to specimen collection, laboratory testing and procedures, quality assurance, and reporting/recording and interpreting findings involving tissues, blood, and body fluids.
Credentials & Employment
Graduates may be eligible to take the examination given by the Board of Certification of the American Society for Clinical Pathology. Employment opportunities include laboratories in hospitals, medical offices, industry, and research facilities.
In addition to tuition and books, students are responsible for extra costs for uniforms, supplies, medical exams, criminal back-ground checks and drug screens, insurance, and travel.
Unique Aspects of Medical Laboratory Technology
Students are able to complete the Medical Laboratory Technology program in 21 months.
The MLT program is divided into a didactic phase and a clinical phase of instruction. In the didactic phase, the MLT student is introduced to the theories of biochemistry, hematology, hemostasis, urinalysis, phlebotomy, microbiology and immunohematology. The on-campus didactic courses utilize a variety of instructional methods to engage the student. Students are able to experience the analysis of blood samples in the on-campus practical labs utilizing manual techniques.
The clinical phase of instruction occurs in area hospitals and medical centers. During this phase, the MLT student will perform testing on patient samples while working under the direct supervision of an experienced MLT or Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS). Students will have the opportunity to apply their knowledge in biochemistry, hematology, hemostasis, urinalysis, phlebotomy, microbiology and immunohematology.
Clinical rotations are generally conducted on weekdays, however attendance may be required on alternate shifts. In addition to academic requirements, student are required to possess essential functions (non-academic abilities and skills) to successfully participate in the program and become employable (see Essential Functions policy).
Drug screens and background checks are required by our clinical affiliates in order to attend clinical rotations. Students with positive drug screen, criminal charges, or criminal convictions may not be able to attend clinicals, and therefore will be unable to progress into the program. Complete information regarding the procedure will be provided at the program orientation.
- College Application: Complete an SCC admissions application online. Set up your SCC student email account. New students or returning students who have not attended SCC for two years will be required to attend a College orientation before registering for classes.
- Transcripts: Submit official (sealed) high school/high school equivalency and all college transcripts to the admissions office.
- Prerequisite Classes: Anatomy & Physiology (or BIO 094) or Chemistry is required with a grade of C or better verified by college or high school transcript. A course in basic computer applications is required verified by testing, college or high school transcript.
- Course Placement Requirements: Students must place into ENG 111 and into MAT 143 without a corequisite.
- All applicants must have at least a 2.0 GPA to be considered for admission.
- Information Session: Attend a mandatory Health Sciences Information Session or meet with the Program Coordinator. Dates are posted on the Health Sciences website.
- HESI A2 (Admission Assessment Exam): A 75+ cumulative score is required to apply in Early Consideration. Students who do not achieve a 75 may apply in Late Consideration. Students may only take the HESI A2 twice in an academic year (September-May). HESI A2 scores for tests taken within the last three years will be reviewed. Tests must be scheduled in advance; dates and registration are online. Test costs is $40, subject to change.
- Health Sciences Application: Submit online by deadline listed below.
Early Consideration: Last Friday in January
Late Consideration: Last Friday in April
MLT Essential Functions
Before official enrollment in MLT Program courses, students must present a personal statement to verify that they can fulfill certain essential functions. These include, but are not limited to: Physical Ability, Visual Acuity, Hearing Acuity, Speech/Communication, Critical Thinking, Emotional Stability, Personal Attributes, and Ability to Travel.
A complete list of essential functions can be obtained from the Program Coordinator.
General Health Sciences Admissions Questions
Christine T. Forrest, MEd, MT(ASCP), MLT Program Coordinator
112 Kennedy Hall
The Medical Laboratory Technology Program is fully accredited by the:
National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
5600 N. River Rd. Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119
MLT graduates are eligible and encouraged to take the MLT certification examination given by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).