Jul 15, 2024  
Middlesex Community College Academic Catalog and Student Handbook 2023-2024 
Middlesex Community College Academic Catalog and Student Handbook 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Medical Laboratory Technology

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Associate in Science

Lowell Campus - Day

Program Description:

The Medical Laboratory Technology Associate in Science degree program is designed to prepare the student for entry into the clinical laboratory setting as a medical laboratory technician. As a member of the health care team, the medical laboratory technician plays a critical role in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of disease by developing data on blood and other human body fluids using highly computerized and automated instrumentation. Medical laboratory technicians work under the supervision of medical technologists or physicians in all areas of the laboratory, including chemistry, hematology, immunology, serology, immunohematology and microbiology. The student will become proficient in these disciplines of the laboratory through didactic and laboratory sessions at the college, and clinical practicums at affiliated sites. Students who complete the program are then eligible to sit for the board of certification exam with the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).

Career and Transfer Outlook:

The continued growth of the laboratory science profession is producing an increased demand for educated and motivated laboratory professionals. Employment opportunities for graduates of a medical laboratory technology program include hospital and reference laboratories, physician-office laboratories, clinics, forensic laboratories, pharmaceutical companies, and research facilities. In the design of this program articulating to a B.S. program was also considered when mapping courses.

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Getting Started

Review and follow the Medical Laboratory Technology Admission Requirement form to ensure that you have met the admission criteria listed below:

  • Eligibility for ENG 101-English Composition I, eligibility for MAT 177 Statistics. Eligibility may be demonstrated through placement, current enrollment, or previous college coursework
  • Required Course Prerequisite BIO 131-General Biology, college level, with a grade of a C or better within the last five years and Chemistry with lab, high school or college level, with a grade of a C or better within the last five years

Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5

Accelerated 11- month Program:

  • Students who are able to complete or transfer in all non-MLT courses within the MLT curriculum will be good candidates for the accelerated track.  Courses noted with * must have been completed within 5 years of admission.

Accelerated 11-month program consists of asynchronous, online didactic course work and laboratory sessions held on Saturdays and some evenings.

Program Outcomes:

Graduates of the Medical Laboratory Technology program will:

  • Demonstrate the entry level competencies necessary to perform routine clinical laboratory tests in all areas of the laboratory.
  • Assume responsibility for information processing, training, and quality control monitoring wherever clinical laboratory testing is performed.
  • Apply safety and governmental regulations to maintain compliance in the laboratory.
  • Employ effective communication skills with colleagues and other health care professionals.
  • Practice within the constraints of legal, moral, and ethical conduct.
  • Demonstrate accountability and responsibility for personal growth and professional development.


Admission to Medical Laboratory Technology

Required Course Prerequisites

  • Completion of college General Biology BIO 131, with a grade of C (73%) or higher within the last 5 years

  • Completion of high school or college Chemistry, with a grade of C (73%) or higher within the last 5 years

    • Note: Applicants with previous college coursework in Anatomy & Physiology and Chemistry may be eligible for a waiver of the required course prerequisites, upon review of official transcripts.

  • Eligible for ENG 101 English Composition I and MAT 177 Statistics

    •  Eligibility may be demonstrated through placement, course enrollment, previous college coursework, or high school transcripts.  

  • Cumulative 2.5 GPA or higher

Required Documents

  • A signed Admission Requirements Certification Form
  • A completed Middlesex Community College Application
  • Official college transcripts (required from all colleges attended, except Middlesex Community College)

Admission Notes

  • Admission to the program is competitive.
  • The Admission Committee will review applications in their entirety. In addition to the admission requirements listed above, successful applicants will have documented success in science courses. Academic history will also be considered and students are required to have a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA.
  • Non-Massachusetts residents will be admitted on a space-available basis only

Requirements After Admission:

  • Students accepted to Health Programs must be in compliance with the current immunization requirements specified by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health for Health Care Personnel (HCP) and in accordance with state law, MGL, Chapter 76, Section 15C, and its regulations at 105 CMR 220.700 in order to participate in an externship placement or clinical experience.
  • Students must submit required documentation of health status which includes a completed physical examination, a two-step Mantoux (TB/PPD) skin test or blood test (T-Spot or Quantiferon Gold) for tuberculosis, a color deficiency test, proof of immunization against Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Hepatitis B, Varicella, and one lifetime dose of TDAP. Directions on submission of the information is included in the admission package.
  • Students enrolled in the program must demonstrate a satisfactory level of performance in class and clinical settings in order to remain in the program.


Total Credits: 72

 ♦ Fulfills the Core Curriculum

Note: Additional coursework may be required based on college placement testing. Students are urged to meet with their academic advisor for proper course sequencing.

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