The Associate in Applied Science major in Medical Laboratory Technology program prepares graduates for work in hospital labs, doctors’ offices, emergency centers, veterinary offices, industrial labs, reference labs, and other labs. It is estimated that more than 70% of medical diagnoses are based on laboratory results. This field prepares students to perform and interpret medical testing on human fluids. This is a technical program and students who enjoy science laboratory courses and math will excel in this field. Students in this program will have criminal background checks and drug screenings. The program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, 5600 North River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, Illinois 60018; phone at 773-714-8880 or website at www.naacls.org.
This program prepares the student to function efficiently and safely in the clinical laboratory setting. It consists of general education courses, specific MLT courses, and clinical rotations in a hospital/clinical laboratory. This diverse learning experience is designed to teach the MLT students technical and theoretical aspects of the clinical laboratory in the healthcare setting. Upon completion of the program, the graduate receives an Associate in Applied Science and is eligible to take The American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification exam.
Medical Laboratory Technology graduates find rewarding careers in such work environments as hospital laboratories, doctors’ offices, outpatient clinics, minor emergency centers, veterinary offices, industrial labs, and reference labs.
A mandatory orientation is required before entry into the Medical Laboratory Technology Program.
Prior to entry, students must submit a completed student health form to include the following:
- Physical Assessment
- Proof of two MMR vaccinations AND Rubella titer is required or if no proof of MMR is available you must have titers for each (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella)
- Proof of two Varicella (Chicken Pox) vaccinations OR titer required
- Proof of Diphtheria-Tetanus Booster (Last booster must have been received within the past 10 years.)
- Hepatitis B vaccination is recommended (Documentation of declination is required if student does not have the vaccine.)
- Proof of 2 step PPD within 3 months prior to entry of program is required
- Physician’s evaluation
- COVID-19 vaccine. Please note *York Technical College does not require the COVID-19 vaccination for students as a condition of enrollment or attendance. Students intending to enroll in a health-care related program should be aware that York Technical College maintains clinical placement agreements with health care facilities where students are required to complete clinical rotations as part of the requirements for their academic program. Clinical sites maintain their own policies governing vaccine and booster requirements, including the COVID-19 vaccine, and any exemption processes related to those requirements. Students choosing to pursue a program that requires a clinical component must follow all vaccine policies and requirements of clinical sites. Vaccine requirements and the approval of exemptions are at the sole discretion of each clinical site, and clinical sites may implement and modify vaccine requirements at any time as they deem necessary.
Clinical facilities require drug screens and background checks before allowing students to participate in clinical rotation. Students participating in clinical may be required to have a drug screen at any time during their rotation. Results of background checks and drug screens will be reviewed with designated personnel at the affiliate clinical sites. To be accepted for a clinical placement, all findings must be satisfactory to all participating clinical sites. Students not accepted for clinical rotations will not be able to successfully complete the course or program. Students are required to hold current American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support (BLS) CPR certification before entering clinical rotations. Clinical slots are limited for this program.
Admission Requirements - Admission to the Medical Laboratory Technology Program requires the student to have the following:
- High school graduate or equivalent
- SAT (2005) score of 480 Critical Reading and 540 Math, or SAT (2016) score of 480 Reading/Writing and 570 Math
- ACT scores 21 English and 23 Math
- SAT/ACT scores must be no more than 5 years old at the time a student seeks admission to the Medical Laboratory Technology Program
- COMPASS (88 Reading 70 Writing 54 Pre-Algebra)
- Accuplacer (95 Reading Comp, 75 Sentence Skills, 90 Arithmetic, and 57 Elem. Algebra). Accuplacer Next Gen (Writing 250, Reading 263, Math QAS 237)
- EdReady English>=66, EdReady Math>=50, Accuplacer Next Gen Reading >=263
- 2.5 GPA in the general education courses and elective
Students with Reading scores below 88 on the COMPASS placement test or 95 on Accuplacer, or 263 on Accuplacer Next Gen placement test must successfully complete all required reading coursework in addition to general education courses, electives and COL 101 .
Students must have a minimum MLT program GPA of 2.00 in classes taken at York Technical College that can be applied towards the MLT program.
Students may also qualify by completion of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited College.
Prior courses in biology and chemistry are recommended. A non-refundable, nontransferable deposit is also required.