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A.A.S. in Medical Laboratory Technology

Overview

The Associate of Applied Science degree in Medical Laboratory Technology will prepare students for a career as a Medical Laboratory Technician. Students are able to apply to our MLT program while finishing their last semester of high school to ensure a smooth and easy transition into university coursework. The MLT program contains two parts; the first part involving taking the basic prerequisite courses at Tarleton State University, or any other approved college, followed by a hands-on technical portion which takes place at the Fort Worth campus. During this 15-month technical portion, students will be trained to collect samples and perform tests to analyze body fluids, tissue, and other substances. These courses will comprise the certification portion of the degree plan.

Designed With You in Mind

Our department faculty members are certified Medical Laboratory Technicians with advanced degrees and/or specialty certifications, and have various clinical experiences that offer a diverse academic presentation. Additionally, our staff is assisted by pathologists and medical laboratory scientists from several affiliated clinical laboratories.

Preparing You to Make a Difference

Acceptance to the MLT program is on a competitive basis. Students must successfully complete prerequisites prior to entering the technical portion of the program.

Upon successful program completion, students will be eligible for the National Certification Exam provided by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP). After passing the exam, students will then become certified Medical Laboratory Technicians.

Accreditations

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Plan Your Future

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Get Certified

Our Medical Laboratory Technology program prepares you for the American Society for Clinical Pathology Certification Exam. Students who successfully complete this program will be eligible to become a certified Medical Laboratory Technician. Visit the ASCP website.

Student examining a sample in the lab.

Career Experience

This program provides students with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience by working in hospitals, which often leads to employment in the area where they complete their training. There is a growing need for certified Medical Laboratory Technicians, which is why our MLT graduates quickly find employment in a variety of fields, including both rural and urban hospital settings, reference laboratories, physician's offices, and much more.

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Career Services

Career Services offers students a wide variety of professional development opportunities that can translate into careers. A few of these programs include:

  • Hire A Texan - Online Job Board
  • Resume assistance
  • Job fairs
  • Mock interviews

And much more!

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Coursework Outline

Prerequisites

Class Number Class Name
BIOL 2402 A & P II
HPTC 3350 Microbiology for Allied Health Professionals
CHEM 1407 Fundamentals of Chemistry
PYSC 2301 General Psychology
ENGL 1301 Composition I
MATH 1314 or 1332 College Algebra or Contemporary Mathematics
Elective Humanities or Fine Arts Elective

Required Medical Laboratory Science Courses

Class Number Class Name
MLAB 2182 Introductory Skills for Medical Laboratory Science
MLAB 2193 MLT Field Practicum III
MLAB 2194 MLT Field Practicum I
MLAB 2195 MLT Field Practicum II
MLAB 2214 Introduction to Urinalysis
MLAB 2228 Coagulation
MLAB 2285 Advanced Topics and Capstone Review
MLAB 2292 MLT Field Practicum IV
MLAB 2364 Introduction to Immunology-Serology
MLAB 2424 Introduction to Hematology
MLAB 2444 Introduction to Immunohematology
MLAB 2474 Laboratory Operations
MLAB 2534 Introduction to Medical Microbiology
MLAB 2576 Introduction to Clinical Chemistry

Please note that all required Medical Laboratory Technology courses (37 credit hours) will be taken at the Fort Worth campus.

Facilities and Features

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Clinical Practice

Students in the Medical Laboratory Science program can get real-world experience through a number of affiliated hospitals that allow students to get clinical practice done within their facilities. Some of the affiliated hospitals include:

  • Texas Health Resources: Arlington Memorial Hospital
  • HCA Las Colinas Medical Center
  • HCA North Texas
  • Methodist Mansfield Medical Center
  • Baylor Medical Center at Irving
  • Palo Pinto Medical Center
  • Weatherford Regional Medical Center
  • Glen Rose Medical Center
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Facilities

The Richard C. Schaffer Educational Building, located in the central hospital district in Fort Worth, consists of three lecture rooms, six laboratories, a computer lab, and a library. Laboratories housed in the Schaffer Building include:

  • Hematology, hemostasis and urinalysis/body fluids
  • Chemistry
  • Immunohematology and immunology/serology
  • Microbiology/parasitology/mycology
  • Histology
  • Molecular diagnostics: Amplification, pre-amplification/nucleic acid extraction, NGS
  • Protein laboratory: Blotting techniques
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Consortium Colleges

Colleges from which prerequisite courses are currently being accepted from include, but are not limited to:

  • Cisco Junior College
  • Hill College
  • North Central Texas College
  • Ranger College
  • Tarrant County College
  • Vernon College
  • Weatherford College