Medical Laboratory Technology, Associate of Applied Science

Program Information

Do you have a passion for medical discovery? San Jacinto College’s Medical Laboratory Technology program may be for you. Lab workers play a vital role in the health of our society. Although they have minimal contact with patients, they provide doctors with critical information to diagnose, monitor, and treat patients.

The San Jacinto College Medical Laboratory Technology program:

  • Prepares students to work behind the scenes in four major areas of clinical lab work, including hematology, chemistry, blood bank and microbiology;
  • Introduces students to lab safety, hygiene, personal protective equipment, and instrumentation;
  • Involves 23 months of study with a curriculum focused on the four major clinical lab areas; and
  • Combines theory and student labs taught on campus and clinical education taught in area hospitals.

After completing the curriculum, students earn an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree and are eligible to take the national certification exams and apply for the certification examination given by the Board of Registry of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists and/or the National Certification Agency for Medical Laboratory Personnel.

Career Opportunities

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics expects employment of medical laboratory technicians to grow by 15 percent within the next eight years.

An AAS in Medical Laboratory Technology prepares students for many career opportunities, including:

  • Clinical laboratory science,
  • Histology,
  • Anatomic pathology,
  • Medical office technician, and
  • Research assistant roles.

Work environments include:

  • Hospital labs,
  • Doctors’ office labs,
  • Private labs,
  • Veterinary labs,
  • Industrial labs,
  • Centers for Disease Control,
  • Departments of Health and Human Services,
  • Bio-hazardous waste companies, 
  • Police departments, and
  • Industrial labs.

Earning Potential

Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technician: $54,452 per year1

Accreditation

The San Jacinto College Medical Laboratory Technology program is accredited by:

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
5600 N. River Road, Suite 720
Rosemont, Illinois 60018-5119

847.939.3597
773.714.8880
773.714.8886 (fax)

For more information, students may contact 281-478-3612 or bertha.rodriguez@sjcd.edu.

Links

Program Application at https://www.sanjac.edu/career/medical-laboratory-technology

Campus

Central Campus

Information

A criminal background check and/or alcohol and drug screening is required of all health science students attending clinical courses or practicums and may be required prior to admission to the program.

For more information concerning the Medical Laboratory Technology program Accreditation, students may call or write: 

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
5600 N. River Rd, Suite 720
Rosemont, IL  60018-5119
Phone: 847-939-3597
             773-714-8880
Fax:     773-714-8886
info@naacls.org

Upon completion of the program, the student is granted an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree and is eligible to apply for the certification examination given by the Board of Registry of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists and/or the National Certification Agency for Medical Laboratory Personnel.

The program curriculum is a balance of general education and technical courses as well as supervised practicum work at area hospitals. This provides the student an opportunity for educational development as well as skill competency.

Prior to entering the Medical Laboratory Technology program, students need to take prerequisite courses: BIOL 2404 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology (lecture & lab) and MATH 1314 College Algebra or higher.

Medical Laboratory Technology students must earn a grade of C or above in each Medical Laboratory Technology course and required science courses and maintain an overall grade point average of at least 2.0 in order to graduate from the Medical Laboratory Technology program.

If a student earns a grade of D, W, or F in a Medical Laboratory Technology or science course, the student will be required to repeat the course in which the unsatisfactory grade was earned and pass that course with a grade of C or better in order to progress.

Clinical practicum absences must be made up within the term in which they occur.

Because clinical practicum space is limited, students are admitted on a competitive basis. Applicants or those seeking additional information should contact the Medical Laboratory Technology Program Director or the Department Chair for allied health. Applications for admission to the fall term class are accepted beginning in January.

Students are required to purchase uniforms and accessories. Each student is responsible for his/her own transportation to the clinical areas.

Philosophy

The philosophy of the Department of Clinical Laboratory Science (CLS) parallels the philosophy of San Jacinto College. Medical Laboratory Technology is the allied health care field that performs laboratory test procedures and analyses used in the diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis of disease, as well as the maintenance of health. Medical laboratory technicians practice their specialty under the direction of licensed physicians in various settings including hospitals, private and public health clinics, and industrial laboratories.

The medical laboratory technician must be able to apply the knowledge acquired through academic studies and student labs to the clinical setting so that meaningful test results will be obtained to report to the patient’s physician. Graduates of the Medical Laboratory Technology program will be prepared to practice medical laboratory technology in all major areas of the clinical laboratory as contributing members of the health care team.

Program Admission Criteria

Applicants must meet all College general admission requirements.

Students who apply for admission to the Medical Laboratory Technology program will be ranked based on their scoring on the Medical Laboratory Technology selection Criteria Point System. Meeting the minimum requirements for admission does not guarantee admission.

Students must apply for admission to the program of Medical Laboratory Technology by submitting a formal application and all required official documents to the San Jacinto College Records Management Department.

Applicants to the Medical Laboratory Technology program will be notified by mail regarding their program admission status. Applicants who are not selected for admission to the Medical Laboratory Technology program must re-apply if they want to be considered for the next term. Applicants who are accepted for admission to the Medical Laboratory Technology program but who do not enroll must re-apply. Applicants must meet the College’s general admission requirements as well as the program admission criteria.

After acceptance into the program, an applicant must have a physical examination by a licensed physician, nurse practitioner, or physician's assistant and attend an orientation with a member of the Medical Laboratory Technology program.

Students are required to purchase uniforms and accessories.

Plan of Study

Central Campus
3MED-LABT

Plan of Study Grid
PrerequisitesCredits
BIOL 2404 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology (lecture & lab) 1 4
MATH 1314 College Algebra (or higher) 2 3
 Credits7
First Term
MLAB 1201 Introduction to Clinical Laboratory Science 2
PLAB 1223 Phlebotomy 2
MLAB 1311 Urinalysis and Body Fluids 3
MLAB 1235 Immunology/Serology 2
MLAB 2534 Clinical Microbiology 5
 Credits14
Second Term
MLAB 2164 Practicum I-Medical Laboratory Technician 1
MLAB 1227 Coagulation 2
MLAB 2431 Immunohematology 4
MLAB 1415 Hematology 4
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
 Credits14
Summer Year One Term
MLAB 2165 Practicum II-Medical Laboratory Technician 1
SCIT 1370 Introduction to Analytical Chemistry 3
 Credits4
Third Term
MLAB 2401 Clinical Chemistry 4
MLAB 2321 Molecular Diagnostics for Clinical Laboratory Science 3
MLAB 2167 Practicum III-Medical Laboratory Technician 1
SPCH 1311
Introduction to Speech Communication
or Public Speaking
or Interpersonal Communication
or Business and Professional Speech
3
 Credits11
Fourth Term
MLAB 2238 Advanced Topic in Medical Laboratory Technician 2
MLAB 2168 Practicum IV-Medical Laboratory Technician 1
PSYC 2301 General Psychology 3
MLAB 2132 Seminar in Medical Laboratory Technology 1
Language, Philosophy, and Culture (Humanities) or Creative Arts (Fine Arts) 3
 Credits10
 Total Credits60

Course outline is representative of fall entry only. Adjustments will be made for spring entry. 

Capstone Experience: MLAB 2238 Advanced Topic in Medical Laboratory Technician