Medical Laboratory Technology, Associate of Applied Science
Do you have a passion for medical discovery? If so, San Jacinto College’s Medical Laboratory Technology degree is for you. Those who dedicate themselves to lab work play a vital role in the health of our society, providing doctors with the critical information needed to properly diagnose, monitor, and treat patients.
The San Jacinto College Medical Laboratory Technology program:
- Prepares students to work behind the scenes as a vital member of the health care team in four major areas of clinical lab work, including hematology, chemistry, blood bank and microbiology;
- Introduces students to laboratory safety, hygiene, personal protective equipment, and instrumentation;
- Teaches students that medical laboratory technicians differ from the other allied health professions because they have minimal contact with patients, yet provide the physician vital information needed to diagnose, assess, monitor, and treat patients;
- Offers a 23-month program with a curriculum focused on the four major clinical laboratory areas; and
- Is a combination of theory and student lab taught on campus and clinical education taught in area hospitals.
Upon successful completion of 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.
With employment of medical laboratory technicians expected to grow by 15 percent within the next eight years, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, graduates enjoy a multitude of career opportunities.
An associate degree in medical laboratory prepares students for careers in:
- Clinical laboratory science,
- Anatomic pathology,
- Medical office technician, and
- Research assistant roles.
In such environments as:
- Hospital laboratory,
- Doctors’ office labs,
- Private labs,
- Veterinary labs,
- Industrial labs,
- Centers for Disease Control,
- Departments of Health and Human Services,
- Biohazardous waste companies,
- Police departments, and
- Industrial labs.
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technician Median salary: $52,659 per year1
Source: texaswages.com, Houston region, 2017
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
For more information contact 281-478-3612 or email@example.com.
Program Application at https://www.sanjac.edu/career/medical-laboratory-technology
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
Upon completion of the program, the student is granted an associate of applied science 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 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. Each student who registers for medical laboratory technology is required to purchase student liability insurance the term he/she starts the clinical laboratory practicum.
The philosophy of the Department of Clinical Laboratory Science (CLS) parallels the philosophy of San Jacinto Community College District. Medical laboratory technology is that allied health care field which 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 which include 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
Students who apply for admission to the program of medical laboratory technology (MLT) will be selected on the basis of their highest ACT/SAT test scores or their cummulative grade point average at San Jacinto Community College District, dependent upon the option under which they apply (Option A or Option B following).
Option A: SAT score of 680 or above on test taken prior to April 1995 or a score of 810 or above on an SAT taken on or after April 1, 1995; or an ACT composite score of 18 or above (ACT composite score of 15 or above if taken before October 1989).
Option B: Applicants must complete 10 semester hours at San Jacinto Community College District, as specified below, with no grade lower than C.
|BIOL 2404||Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology (lecture & lab) 1||4|
|ENGL 1301||Composition I||3|
|MATH 1314||College Algebra (or higher)||3|
Applicants seeking admission by Option B may petition the admission coordinator to take a more advanced biology, mathematics or English course if they have completed the above-stated courses with a grade of C or above at another accredited institution.
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 (M.D., D.O., N.P., P.A.) and attend an orientation with a member of the medical laboratory technician program.
Students are required to purchase uniforms and accessories.
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Plan of Study
|BIOL 2404||Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology (lecture & lab) (or BIOL 2301 and BIOL 2101 and BIOL 2302 and BIOL 2102)||4|
|MATH 1314||College Algebra (or higher) 1||3|
|MLAB 1101||Introduction to Clinical Laboratory Science||1|
|MLAB 1311||Urinalysis and Body Fluids||3|
|MLAB 2434||Clinical Microbiology||4|
|Summer Year One Term|
|MLAB 2166||Practicum I-Medical Laboratory Technician||1|
|SCIT 1370||Introduction to Analytical Chemistry||3|
|MLAB 2401||Clinical Chemistry||4|
|MLAB 2321||Molecular Diagnostics for Clinical Laboratory Science||3|
|MLAB 2266||Practicum II-Medical Laboratory Technician||2|
|MLAB 2238||Advanced Topic in Medical Laboratory Technician||2|
|MLAB 2267||Practicum III-Medical Laboratory Technician||2|
|PSYC 2301||General Psychology||3|
|Language, Philosophy, and Culture (Humanities) or Creative Arts (Fine Arts)||3|
|ENGL 1301||Composition I||3|
Students desiring to obtain a baccalaureate degree should take MATH 1314 College Algebra.
Capstone Experience: MLAB 2238 Advanced Topic in Medical Laboratory Technician
NOTE: Course outline is representative Only of fall semester entry into the program. Adjustments will be made for spring semester entry.