THIS IS A LIMITED ACCESS PROGRAM. Medical laboratory
technicians are detectives in the battle against illness and disease.
Through diagnostic laboratory testing, they play a pivotal role
in the diagnosis of such diseases as anemia, leukemia, heart disease,
diabetes and infections.
Medical laboratory professionals have unlimited
choices of practice settings: hospitals, reference laboratories,
clinics, business and industry. Areas of scientific exploration
open to students are the immune system, cell marker technology
and cancer research. In the clinical area, drug testing, therapeutic
drug monitoring and biogenetics are a few of the specialties with
openings. For a qualified laboratory professional, the possibilities
are as limitless as the imagination.
Expected Job Growth:
19 - 37% through 2010, according to the Department of Labor.
$20 - 32,000 for day shift
Average Salary: Typically between
$26,800 - $33,700
Graduates are eligible to sit for the national certification exams
and to be licensed through the State of Florida, Board of Clinical
Laboratory Personnel, Department of Health.
This limited access program is accredited by the National
Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
at 8410 West Bryn Mawr Avenue, Suite 670, Chicago, Illinois 60631-3415
Students may find it difficult to work during
the professional phase of the program due to clinical demands.
Students will be expected to perform in a professional manner
during the campus and clinical phases and must have excellent
Students must earn a grade of C or better in
the medical laboratory courses and complete all campus-based courses
with a grade point average of 2.0 or better before entering the
clinical phase of their education. Placement in the clinical practicum
phase of the program is on a space available basis; a GPA-ranked
waiting list will determine placement should space become limited
for reasons beyond the control of the program. MLT 1022C must
be completed or in progress prior to submitting an application
to the program.
While there are no specific entry dates, course
sequencing is best achieved by starting in the Fall term. Most
classes are offered in the evening.
- Interview with the program director.
- Complete the program application.
- Enroll in MLT 1022C Introduction to Health
- Submit recommendation from MLT 1022C instructor.
- Complete the Health Occupations Test (HOT).
General Education Courses
**CHM 1025C Introduction to General Chemistry (4)
ENC 1101 English Composition I (3)
MAC 1105 College Algebra (3)
*Social and Behavioral Sciences (3)
Credit hours: 16
MLT 1022C Introduction to Health Technology (3)
BSC 2085C Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4)
MLT 1300C Hematology (4)
MLT 2500C Clinical Immunology (4)
MLT 1330C Hemostasis (2)
MLT 2610C Clinical Chemistry (3)
**CHM 2045C General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis I (4)
MLT 2230C Clinical Microscopy (2)
MLT 1440C Parasitology/Mycology (2)
MCB 2010C Microbiology (4)
***CGS 1060 Introductory Computer Concepts (3)
MLT 2150C Clinical Correlations (2)
MLT 2525C Immunohematology (3)
MLT 1401C Medical Microbiology (4)
MLT 2800L Clinical Practicum I (8)
MLT 2801L Clinical Practicum II (8)
Credit hours: 60
Total Credit Hours: 76
*Refer to A.S. degree General
**Students who qualify may substitute CHM 2045C and CHM 2046C.
***Student may substitute HSC 1531 Medical Terminology if approved
by the program chair.
You have two options in this program: the associate in science
(A.S.) degree, which can prepare you for employment or transfer
to a state university, and the associate in applied science (A.A.S.)
degree, which is intended primarily for students who want immediate
employment after graduation. If you choose the A.S. degree you
must take MAC 1105, MGF 1106 or a higher level mathematics and
CHM 2045C. The A.A.S. degree requires MAT 1033 or higher, and
CHM 2205C or CHM 1032C. You may substitute BSC 2020C for BSC 2085C
if you have prerequisite requirements. Please see an advisor to
determine the option that is best for you.
IMMUNIZATIONS: Prior to contact with patients
or patient specimens, students must furnish proof of childhood
immunizations and Hepatitis B immunization. Contact program chairperson
for additional information.
A physical exam will be required upon acceptance
to the program.
Estimated cost of tuition is $4,600 (tuition rated for Florida
residents, as of 7/04). Estimated cost of books, materials and
fees is $1,500.