Petitioning is the process where students request entry into the technical (MLT) courses in the space-limited Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) program. The number of area students that can be admitted to the MLT program each year is limited due to the limited availability of directed practice sites. Students should only petition after they have met requirements in math, writing, reading and grade point average. Detailed information about these requirements is listed below.
Students must first apply online to Clark State Community College before they can petition for acceptance into the MLT program. Admission to the College does not guarantee acceptance into the MLT program.
MLT students should possess (with or without reasonable accommodations) appropriate visual, motor, cognitive, technical, communication and affective skills to be able to accurately and safely perform, plan, prioritize, analyze, solve and interpret patient's tests and other biological specimens. The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS) has identified minimum essential functions. These are available as a link on the MLT program page on the College's website and are also provided to students as they enter the MLT courses. Students are asked to sign a form certifying the they have read, understand and possess the skills required to meet the essential functions of an MLT.
Directed Practice Requirements
Students must meet the health and criminal background check requirements of the program's affiliating clinical agencies in order to participate in clinical learning experiences. Reasonable efforts will be made to place admitted students in clinical experiences, but it is up to the clinical facilities to determine whether a student will be accepted for clinical placement. Students who cannot be placed clinically cannot meet the course and program requirements and therefore would be unable to complete the program. Clinical facilities may consider expunged convictions in placement decisions.
How to Petition
Students petition by completing the Petition Request form available at the end of this petitioning information. After submission, students will receive an automated message with the date and time that their request was received. This does not mean that their name has been placed on the waiting list but only indicates that their request has been received. Students should print and keep a copy of this automated response for their records.
Verification of Petitioning Requirements
After the student's petition request is received, the College verifies that all necessary petition requirements are met. Verification will be made strictly on the information provided on the petition request form. The answers students provide as evidence of meeting a requirement will be the only information reviewed by the College.
Students receive notification as to the status of their petition within 45 days via U.S. mail. If a petitioning student HAS NOT met all of the requirements, they will receive a letter indicating what is incomplete. The student must then complete the necessary requirement(s) and re-petition for the program.
If a petitioning student HAS met all the requirements their letter will indicate that their name has been placed on the waiting list. This means that the student has met all the requirements to be placed on the list and that he or she is now waiting for entry into the program. Students should keep this letter for their records.
To check the status of their petition, students may contact the Health and Human Services Division Office at 937.328.6057.
The MLT program courses start each year in fall semester. Applicants are considered for entry into the MLT courses based on the date of their accepted petition request. Students whose petition requests have been accepted will be notified of their status with regard to Fall Semester program entry in April. Students will continue to be granted admission if space is available up until the start of the term. Space limitations do not apply to distance students who complete lab sessions at out of area, off campus sites.
Students who receive an acceptance letter are asked to return a card indicating if they wish to accept or decline entry into the program. Students may decline admission once and retain their place on the waiting list. If a student declines admission into the program a second time, his/her name is removed from the waiting list, and the student would need to submit another petition request if he/she wished to be considered for future admission into the program. If a student fails to return the card by the specified deadline, the offer is revoked and the student's name is removed from the list.
What Can Students Do While They Are Waiting?
While on the waiting list, students are encouraged to take any of the non-med lab courses (any course without the letters MLT preceding the numbers) included in the curriculum of the MLT program. Many of these courses have pre- and/or co-requisites, which are listed with the course description in the College catalog and online. Not all courses are offered every term. Students should seek guidance from their assigned faculty advisor prior to registering for courses each semester.
Do Students Need to Meet Any Additional Requirements While On the List?
To be considered for entry into the MLT program, students must have at least an overall Clark State GPA of 2.0 for the courses in the Medical Laboratory curriculum. Students who do not have a 2.0 will be removed from the list. After repeating whatever class(es) they need to bring their grade point average up to at least a 2.0, they must then re-petition to place their name on the list.
MLT Petitioning Requirements and Form
Appropriate scholastic preparation is needed to successfully complete the courses within the Medical Laboratory Technology program. You must meet the scholastic requirements listed below to be eligible to petition for entry into the Medical Laboratory program.
Math: Appropriate scores on a recent math placement test or scores of "C" or better in the appropriate college preparatory math courses.
Reading: Appropriate score on a recent reading placement test or scores of "C" or better in the appropriate college preparatory reading courses.
Writing: Appropriate score on a recent writing placement test or scores of C or better in the appropriate college preparatory writing courses.
Grade Point Average (GPA): Your overall Clark State GPA must be 2.0 or greater. If you have taken MLT courses at Clark State or any other college or university, you will also need to have a grade point average greater than or equal to 2.0 in those courses in order to petition. Grades in CPE courses and courses that are not part of the MLT program curriculum will not be considered as part of the curriculum GPA requirement.
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