Medical Laboratory Technology

The Medical Laboratory Technology program prepares the student, by formal instruction and clinical experience, to perform laboratory procedures that aid physicians, pathologists and other healthcare providers, in the diagnosis and treatment of disease in the hospital, clinic or research laboratory. Upon completion of the program, students receive an Associate of Applied Science Degree and are eligible to take the national certification exams.

Specific Program Requirements

  1. Science courses must have been completed within the past five (5) years. Exceptions may be made by the Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) Program Director.
  2. Students must complete all MLAB courses within a three year period in order to graduate.

This program prepares the medical laboratory technician by formal instruction and clinical experience to perform laboratory procedures which aid physicians and pathologists in the diagnosis and treatment of disease in the hospital, clinic, or research laboratory.

Upon completion of this program, students receive Associate of Applied Science Degrees and may be eligible to take national certification examinations such as that administered by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification.

Admission Information

The entry date for the MLT program is generally the Fall Semester of each year, but arrangements can sometimes be made for a spring entry also. An alternative curriculum sequence may be arranged for students having completed academic requirements other than MLAB courses. For fall entry, applications should be submitted to the MLT Program Director by March 1 for early acceptance or until class is full for late acceptance. For spring entry, applications should be submitted by November 1 for early acceptance and by January 1 for late acceptance. Applications will be taken until the class is filled. Class size is limited by availability of clinical sites.

Transcripts (college) and TSI assessment test scores should be included with the application.

Admission Criteria

  1. The Health Science Division (HSD) application for Medical Laboratory Technology should be submitted to the Program Director.
  2.  TSI test scores for assessment purposes should be submitted with the HSD application.
  3. Overall GPA of 2.0 or higher is required for all college courses completed.
  4. Applicants must meet certain essential functions as defined by NAACLS. The nonacademic criteria (essential functions) which all MLT applicants are expected to meet are listed in the MLT-AD program information brochure.
  5. Applicants must make an appointment to meet with the Program Director prior to acceptance.

Selection and Acceptance

There are no pre-requisites courses that must be completed prior to acceptance into the MLT program.  Applicants are accepted into the program once the Admission Criteria is met until the class is full. The number of students who can be admitted to the MLT Program is limited by the number of available clinical facilities.

When the maximum number is reached, additional applicants will be placed on a waiting list.

Additional Program Information

MLAB 2660 and MLAB 2661, the major clinical components of the program may be offered in both the Fall and Spring Semesters. Students will be assigned to these clinical rotations based on availability of space and GPA of all required MLT courses. Students may be required to commute to a clinical site outside Grayson County if there are not enough local facilities available.

Employees of the Clinical Affiliates serve as Clinical Coordinators and Clinical Instructors.

Prior to clinical course rotations, students must pass a drug screen test and criminal background check (at the student’s expense and completed as scheduled through a GC approved company).  Criteria that prevent attendance at clinical sites and/or require withdrawal from the course are stipulated in the related GC Health Science policy.

Students who are certified phlebotomists, or have recent documented experience as a phlebotomist may request credit for PLAB1223 and PLAB 1160 or 1260. Upon completion of adequate phlebotomy skills, such credit may be awarded. Each request will be considered individually and must be approved by the MLT Program Director.

Documentation required by the State of Texas to provide proof of Immunization of proof of immunity, results of a TB test, and the completed medical statement, must be submitted prior to start of class.

Proof of current CPR training must be provided before attending clinicals.

The following curriculum is acceptable for first summer session entry with no previously completed college credit. The first MLAB course is offered during the Fall Semester.

Associate of Applied Science Degree


Subject

Semester Hours



First Semester

MLAB 1291 2
MLAB 1201 2
MLAB 1335 3
PLAB 1160 2
ENGL 1301 2
PLAB 1223 2

15


Second Semester

MLAB 2331 3
MLAB 1315 3
MLAB 1127 1
MLAB 1311 3
MLAB 1231 2
Humanities/Fine Arts 1

15


Third Semester

SPCH 1311, 1315 or 1321 3
BIOL 2404 4

7


Fourth Semester

MLAB 2534 4
MLAB 2501 4
MLAB 2338 2
PSYC 2301 3

13


Fifth Semester

MLAB 2660 6
MLAB 2661 6

12
Capstone Requirement: All students must complete the capstone requirement: successfully complete MLAB 2660 and MLAB 2661 prior to graduation.

Students earning an Associate of Applied Science Degree at Grayson College must complete fifteen semester hours of a general education core. The core courses are distributed as follows:                                                                                                     

Mathematics/Life and Physical Sciences (3 hours)

MATH 1314 College Algebra                                                         

MATH 1324 Mathematics for Business & Social Sciences

MATH 1332 Contemporary Mathematics I

MATH 1342 Elementary Statistical Methods            

MATH 2312 Pre-Calculus Math

BIOL 1306/1106 Biology for Science Majors I

BIOL 1307/1107 Biology for Science Majors II

BIOL 1308/1108 Biology for Non-Science Majors I

BIOL 1309/1109 Biology for Non-Science Majors II

BIOL 1414 Introduction to Biotechnology I

BIOL 2301/2101 Anatomy & Physiology I

BIOL 2302/2102 Anatomy & Physiology II

BIOL 2404 Anatomy & Physiology (specialized, single-semester course, lecture + lab)

BIOL 2320/2120 Microbiology for Non-Science Majors

BIOL 2321/2121 Microbiology for Science Majors

CHEM 1406 Introductory Chemistry I (lecture + lab, allied health emphasis)

CHEM 1311/1111 General Chemistry I

CHEM 1312/1112 General Chemistry II

GEOL 1301/1101 Earth Sciences for Non-Science Majors I

GEOL 1303/1103 Physical Geology

GEOL 1304/1104 Historical Geology

GEOL 1305/1105 Environmental Science

Social and Behavioral Science (3 hours)

CRIJ 1307 Crime in America

ECON 2301 Principles of Macroeconomics

ECON 2302 Principles of Macroeconomics

GEOG 1303 World Regional Geography

GOVT 2305 Federal Government

GOVT 2306 Texas Government

HIST 1301 United States History I

HIST 1302 United States History II

PSYC 2301 General Psychology

PSYC 2314 Lifespan, Growth & Development

SOCI 1301 Introduction to Sociology

SOCI 1306 Social Problems

Language, Philosophy, Culture/Creative Arts (3 hours)

ARTS 1301 Art Appreciation

DRAM 1310 Stagecraft I

HUMA 1301 Introduction to the Humanities

HUMA 1302 Introduction to the Humanities II

MUSI 1306 Music Appreciation

PHIL 1301 Introduction to Philosophy

Component Area Option (6 hours) 

EDUC OR PSYC 1300 Learning Frameworks           

SPCH 1311 Introduction to Speech Communication

SPCH 1315 Public Speaking

SPCH 1321 Business & Professional Communication

ENGL 1301 Composition I

ENGL 1302 Composition II

ENGL 2311 Technical and Business Writing

SPAN 1411 Beginning Spanish I

SPAN 1412 Beginning Spanish II

**Any of the courses listed above in the previous Component Areas may be used for the hours toward the Component Area Option.

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Last updated: 06/19/2017