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Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT)

Forms and Applications

To apply to this program, complete the MLT application and mail to the address on the application with the $35 non-refundable application fee. Three academic and/or professional references are also required along with original transcripts from all universities and/or colleges attended.

After you are accepted into the program, you will then be instructed to apply to Tarleton State University.

About the Program

Tarleton State University, member of the Texas A&M University System, offers the Medical Laboratory Technician Certification Program through its Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences in Fort Worth, Texas. Faculty members of the Department are Certified Medical Laboratory Scientists with advanced degrees and/or specialty certification and varied clinical experiences offering a diverse academic presentation. Additionally, the staff is assisted by pathologists and Medical Laboratory Scientists from the affiliated clinical laboratories. Upon completion of required courses from a partnering community college or Tarleton State University, students will complete 37 hours of sophomore level courses offered by the Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences. These courses will comprise the certification portion of the degree plan. Upon completion of the 69-72 hour program, students will be awarded the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree from Tarleton State University and will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination, MLT(ASCP).

Read more about the A.A.S. in Medical Laboratory Technology


The Department actively collects information regarding potential jobs and makes this information available to all students. Services of the University Placement Offices are also available. Graduates of the program are employed throughout the North Central Texas area as well as the state and the nation. The need for Certified Medical Laboratory Technicians is growing. MLT graduates will find employment in a variety of fields including both rural and urban hospital settings, reference laboratories and physician office laboratories.

Admission Requirements

MLT program applicants must complete an MLT application and supply three reference letters (with a minimum of one from a science instructor and two from other college instructors or a work supervisor). Applicants must have completed one biology and one math course before applying. The Tarleton MLT program has a minimum requirement of 24 semester hours applicable toward an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree that must be completed prior to admission. Prerequisite science and math coursework greater than seven years of age must be updated by repeating courses within that content area. Students entering with an associate or baccalaureate degree must have 12 hours of biology including microbiology, 4 hours of chemistry, 3 hours of math (MATH 107 or higher) and 3 hours of English.

Tuition / Scholarships

Tuition and fees are charged in accordance with the fee structure for the University. Tuition and fees may be calculated using the Tuition & Fee Calculator. A semester by semester estimate of tuition and fees will be provided at the Program Preview Session. Additional expenses incurred include room, board, books, liability insurance, physical exam, immunizations, uniforms, drug screen, and background check. As an enrolled student of the University, the MLT student is eligible for scholarships and loans through the Financial Aid office of the University. Additionally, some local scholarships are available for students within the Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences.

Application Procedures & Deadlines

Three classes per year are accepted, one in January, one in June and one in August. Students are admitted on a competitive basis through an evaluation based on academic performance from transcripts and letters of reference. Official transcripts from all colleges must be submitted prior to scheduling a Program Preview Session. A $35 non-refundable application fee will be charged for all applications. Application deadlines are March 15 for June classes, June 15 for August classes and October 15 for January classes. All transcripts, application, and references must be received prior to deadline dates. All applicants must reapply if they wish to be considered for additional classes.


The program is fully accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119, (847) 939-3597 Students are encouraged to develop professional growth by participating as student members in professional societies such as ASCLS and ASCP.

Outcomes for NAACLS Program

Medical Laboratory Technology
Year Certification Pass Rate Employment/Further Education Rates
2012 100% (24/24) 100% (24/24)
2013 100% (22/22) 100% (22/22)
2014 91% (32/35) 91% (32/35)
2015 96% (25/26) 96% (25/26)
2016 100% (17/17) 88% (15/17)
Year Certification Pass Rate* Employment/Further Education Rates*
2012 85% (11/13) 85% (11/13)
2013 86% (12/14) 93% (13/14)
2014 82% (14/17) 82% (14/17)
2015 81% (13/16) 88% (14/16)
2016 92% (12/13) 92% (12/13)
Medical Laboratory Science
Year Certification Pass Rate Employment/Further Education Rates
2012 100% (34/34) 100% (34/34)
2013 100% (38/38) 100% (38/38)
2014 100% (39/39) 100% (39/39)
2015 100% (43/43) 100% (43/43)
2016 95% (19/20) 95% (19/20)

*Students who graduate from our Histotechnology program are eligible to take the ASCP HT exam or the ASCP HTL exam if they are obtained a bachelor’s degree. Rates are reported for students taking both the ASCP HT and HTL exams. NAACLS reporting requires only the HT exam pass rate be reported, which is as follows: 2012 (86%), 2014 (92%), 2015 (80%). Overall pass rate for the program (since 2005) is 91%.

Program Information

Degree Requirements

Undergraduate students may elect to receive their BS degree from Tarleton or from another University by prior arrangement. Requirements for receiving the BS from Tarleton are listed in the most current catalog and are summarized below.

Students seeking the associate degree from Tarleton State University must complete the following 24 prerequisite hours at the University or other accredited community colleges. Tarleton State University offers the following prerequisite courses:

More information can be found in the Tarleton State University Catalog.

MLT Prerequisite courses
Course Course Title Hours
BIOL 2402 Human Anatomy & Physiology II  4
HPTC 3350 Microbiology for Allied Health Professionals 3
CHEM 1406 Chemistry Essentials 4
ENGL 1301 English Composition I  3
MATH 1314 College Algebra 3
PSYC 2301 Introduction to Psychology 3
Elective Humanities/Visual or Performing Arts 3

a. English: Students will be placed in English courses in accordance with the University's Placement and Continuing Enrollment Rules. Students must enroll in English during their first semester at Tarleton and every regular semester thereafter until the freshman English core curriculum requirement [i.e., ENGL 111 & 112] has been satisfied.
b. Mathematics: Students will be placed into mathematics courses in accordance with the University's Placement and Continuing Enrollment Rules. Students must enroll in mathematics during their first semester at Tarleton unless they are eligible for placement into college-level mathematics [MATH 107 or higher]. Students eligible for placement into college-level mathematics may choose to postpone initial mathematics enrollment until their second regular semester at Tarleton. Following initial mathematics enrollment, students must enroll in mathematics every regular semester thereafter until the freshman mathematics core curriculum requirement [MATH 107 or higher] has been satisfied. Students planning to articulate from the AAS to BS must choose BIOL 120, 121 and CHEM 105, 108.

MLT Professional Courses:

MLAB *282, 264, 244, 274, 294, 276, 224, 228, 295, 234, 214, 293, **292, **285

*A student MUST enroll in this course during their first semester whether it is Fall, Spring or Summer term.

** A student MUST enroll in this course during their final semester whether it is Fall, Spring or Summer term.

Prerequisite courses may also be completed at the community colleges below with the course numbers listed at the hyperlink.

Graduation / Certification

Upon successful completion of the professional program, graduates are eligible to sit for the national certification exam, Medical Laboratory Technician, MLT (ASCP). Students will receive their Associate of Applied Science degree from Tarleton State University. Awarding of the certificate and degree from Tarleton is not contingent upon passing national certification exams.


Located in the central hospital district of Fort Worth, at 1501 Enderly Place, the Department has current affiliations with area hospitals.

Medical Laboratory Technology Clinical Sites:

  • Texas Health Resources Arlington Memorial Hospital
  • Texas Health Resources Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital
  • Texas Health Resources Harris Methodist Southwest Hospital
  • Texas Health Resources Harris Methodist HEB
  • Texas Health Resources Harris Methodist Cleburne
  • HCA Fort Worth Medical Center
  • HCA Las Colinas Medical Center
  • HCA Medical Center of Plano
  • HCA North Hills Hospital
  • HCA Dallas Center
  • HCA Weatherford
  • Quest Diagnostics
  • Laboratory Corporations of America
  • John Peter Smith Hospital (TCHD)
  • Baylor Scott and White - Plano
  • Lake Granbury Medical Center
  • Texoma Medical Center
  • Glen Rose Medical Center


Michele McAfee, PhD., MT(ASCP), SCCM, SBBCM
MLT Program Director and Clinical Coordinator
Tarleton State University

1501 Enderly Place, Fort Worth, Texas 76104
Phone: 817-926-1101
Fax: 817-922-8103