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Medical Laboratory Technology

This program is offered at Clark State's Springfield location.

Medical laboratory technicians are a vital part of the health care process, providing information for patient diagnosis and treatment by performing laboratory tests in areas such as toxicology, chemistry, hematology, immunology and microbiology. Two-year associate degree programs with supervised clinical experience in approved laboratories provide the opportunity to enter this challenging, ever-changing career.

The mission of the MLT program at Clark State Community College is to provide quality instruction, professional training, and technical skills to help graduates pass certification examinations and secure entry-level positions in the field of laboratory medicine. For more information about the program, please email or call 937-328-6029.

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of an Associate of Applied Science degree in Medical Laboratory, a graduate will be able to:

  • Write clearly and accurately in a variety of contexts and formats.

  • Verbally communicate clearly and accurately in a variety of contexts and formats.

  • Display professional characteristics.
  • Demonstrate theory and technical knowledge in all clinical lab areas.
  • Select and use appropriate, safe, and effective tools to solve a variety of problems pertaining to collecting, handling, and conducting tests on samples and to perform corrective and preventative maintenance on instruments.

  • Demonstrate the ability to think critically by assessing proper correlation between the results and predetermined values, by performing quality control activities, by relating laboratory results to common disease process, and by drawing and defending reasonable conclusions.

  • Demonstrate an awareness of cultural diversity as pertaining to both patients and peers.

Technical Standards

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 pages 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 that they have read, understand, and possess the skills required to meet the essential functions of an MLT.

Course Format
Each MLT course is composed of two required components-an online lecture component and a lab component, which may be taught at the College or another college-approved supervised site. Off campus lab sites for distance students must be secured by the student and approved by the MLT program director prior to entry into the program. One suitable directed practice site is found for each student in the program by the MLT faculty and program coordinator.

Program Admission

Entry into the program is on a space-limited basis. Students must petition for admission. To be eligible to petition, students must successfully complete reading, writing, math, and algebra placement tests or obtain a grade of C or better on the appropriate college preparatory (CPE) course. Completion of a high school general chemistry course or the equivalent is encouraged. Students who meet admission requirements and are accepted to the program are required to meet with the MLT program coordinator prior to enrolling in MLT courses.

Health and Clinical Requirements
All Medical Laboratory Technology students must meet health requirements by the end of the first semester of MLT courses. Health requirements must be updated and a criminal background check must be completed and results must be satisfactory by the beginning of the third semester in order to meet requirements for the directed practice course. Specific information will be provided during the first semester of the program.

Distance students completing lab courses in clinical agencies may be required to complete health requirements prior to their first lab course.

Other requirements may be necessary depending on clinical site placement.

All students are strongly encouraged to complete Hepatitis B immunizations prior to entry into the first MLT course.

Liability Insurance
Students will be billed for liability insurance for each year of courses.

Graduation Requirements
To qualify for an associate degree, a Medical Laboratory student must pass all the required courses, have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0, and must have a C as a minimum grade in all the technical courses of the program. Granting of the A.A.S. degree is not contingent upon passing an external certifying examination.

Upon completion of the accredited program, graduates are eligible to, but not required, to take the national certifying examination. This program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 North River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018; telephone 773.714.8880;

Program Outcomes Measures 

As a program accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), the Clark State Community College MLT Program publishes outcomes measures for the past three years. The outcome measures include ASCP Board of Certification (BOC) Exam pass rates, graduation rates, attrition rates, and graduate placement rates for students entering the final half of the MLT program.  The definition of these measures and the three year Clark State MLT program percentage rates for these measures are listed below.

Certification Pass Rates

  • Percentage of students who took the ASCP Board of Certification (BOC) exam within the first year of graduation that passed the exam - 58%
  • Percentage of students who took the ASCP Board of Certification (BOC) exam, regardless of the time line or number of attempts that passed the exam - 83%

Graduation Rates (percentage of students who began the final half of the program that went on to graduate from the program) - 93%

Attrition Rates (percentage of students who began the final half of the program but left before completing the program) - 7%

Placement Rates (percentage of graduates for which the program had information who found employment in the field or in a closely related field and/or continued their education within one year of graduation) - 100%

Transfer Options

Students enrolled in the Associate of Science Medical Laboratory Technology degree program are preparing for employment upon graduation from the program. However, at some point many of these students are also interested in completing a bachelor's degree. A number of colleges/universities have designed bachelor's completion programs for students completing applied degrees. Local programs include:

  • Franklin University Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management

  • Urbana University Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management

  • University of Cincinnati Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science

See the transfer section of the catalog and your academic advisor for more information.

Curriculum Plan

The program schedule that follows is designed for full-time students who have completed all prerequisites and who have no college preparatory recommendations. Many individuals, especially part-time students and those taking college preparatory requirements, will require additional semesters of study. Students should consult the MLT program advisor for help in planning their schedules.

Course Title Credits
MLT 1120 Medical Laboratory Orientation and Phlebotomy 2
MLT 1125 Medical Laboratory Orientation and Phlebotomy Laboratory 1
MLT 1160 Urinalysis & Body Fluids 2
MLT 1165 Urinalysis & Body Fluids Laboratory 1
BIO 1105 Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology * 3
CHM 1150 Introduction to General Chemistry 4
FYE 1100 College Success 1
ITS -- ITS Elective 1
MLT 1130 Basic and Clinical Chemistry 3
MLT 1135 Basic and Clinical Chemistry Lab 2
MLT 1140 Medical Microbiology I ** 2
MLT 1145 Medical Microbiology I Lab ** 2
MLT 2130 Medical Microbiology II *** 2
MLT 2135 Medical Microbiology II Lab *** 2
ENG 1111 English I 3
ENG 1112 English II 3
PSY 1111 Introduction to Psychology 3
MLT 1150 Hematology I ** 2
MLT 1155 Hematology I Laboratory ** 2
MLT 2140 Hematology II *** 2
MLT 2145 Hematology II Lab *** 2
MLT 2120 Immunology & Blood Banking 4
MLT 2125 Immunology & Blood Banking Lab 4
MLT 2150 Seminar 1
MLT 2155 Directed Practice 5
MLT 2160 MLT Review and Update 2
SOC 1110 Introduction to Sociology 3
MTH -- Math Elective**** 3
  Total Credit Hours 67

* The two semester anatomy & physiology sequence BIO 2121 and BIO 2122 may be substituted for BIO 1105.

** Offered in A term (first eight weeks of the semester)

*** Offered in B term (second eight weeks of the semester)

****Choose from the MTH or STT courses listed under the General Education Requirement for Technical Programs, Mathematics courses.

Class Schedule Planning

The planning schedule below indicates when and where courses in your program of study will be offered for the next two academic years. This is helpful information when planning your class schedule for each semester.