Medical Laboratory Program
The Medical Laboratory program is designed to prepare students to function as members of the clinical laboratory health care team. Students study biology, chemistry, microbiology, biochemistry, and other science-related coursework. Students learn to perform routine laboratory testing such as identification of microorganisms, chemical analysis of patient specimens, identification of blood cells, and the cross-matching of blood for transfusion. The program includes student learning experiences both on campus and in the clinical laboratory. These educational experiences allow students to acquire the basic entry-level competencies necessary to function in a laboratory setting.
After successful completion of the program, the graduate may sit for the national certification exams given by The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP). The MLT Program is fully accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119, (773) 714-8880, www.naacls.org.
Job demand is predicted to continue to rise for the Medical Laboratory program. According to the Ohio Career Information System (2012), medical laboratory technician is considered a high demand field with a salary range of $30,940 to $46,340 in the state. One of the strengths of the profession is the strong hands-on laboratory skills that the graduate possesses. These skills can be applied to a variety of settings including hospital labs, reference labs, doctor’s offices and clinics, industrial labs, environmental testing, and quality control testing.
The Medical Laboratory program is a selective program limited to a maximum of 20 students per year. Applicants must have a GPA of 2.3 on previous high school and/or college work. Applicants must also test into college level English and algebra or have completed developmental courses as indicated by the Accuplacer.
Admission to the Medical Laboratory Program is selective. A complete list of admission criteria may be obtained from the program director.