Medical Laboratory Technician Program

Students who wish to be considered for admission to the Medical Laboratory Technician program must present credentials matching the following guidelines.

All students must submit a high school transcript or G.E.D., including one year each of biology and chemistry and two years of math, including algebra, with grades of "C" or better (equivalent courses taken in college would be acceptable substitutes) and ONE of the following credentials:

  1. ACT composite score of 18.
  2. SAT score of a minimum 1000.
  3. College transcript including 14 semester hours consisting of two 4-credit science courses with laboratories and two 3-credit courses from the general education component of the MLT curriculum. The courses must have been taken at an institution in which English is the primary instructional language. Grades for the four courses must each be "C" or better and result in a GPA of at least 2.5. Science courses must be successfully completed within 10 years prior to enrolling in MLT courses All students must take placement tests in English, mathematics, and reading and place above the developmental level prior to enrolling in MLT-110.

Admission to the program is selective and completion of minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance. All applicants must submit an Online Petition for Admission to the MLT Program in February of the year they wish to be considered. Criteria such as completion of non-MLT courses, date of application and date of completion of minimum requirements may be used in the decision process.

All students must complete the MLT program within four academic years of the date of initial enrollment in the program. Please call the Medical Laboratory Technician Program office at 215-641-6437 for further information.

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Essential Functions

In addition to the academic admission requirements for students entering the MLT Program, the following Essential Functions are also expected of all students:

  • Students must be able to visualize objects through a microscope and differentiate color, shape and structure of organisms and cells. Students must be able to detect color changes on reagent strips and during chemical analyses.
  • Students must possess sufficient motor skills and manual dexterity to obtain and manipulate specimens, reagents, glassware, instruments and equipment with accuracy, speed and precision in such a manner that does not endanger themselves and others.
  • Students must possess effective written and oral communication skills in order to accurately transmit information to patients, physicians and other healthcare professionals. Students must possess the ability to read and write in English.
  • Students must demonstrate professional attitudes and behaviors. Students must be able to use reasonable judgment under stressful conditions to make decisions that impact patient care. Students must be able to work independently as a member of a team to maintain the highest standards in the delivery of patient care.
  • Students must be able to move easily from one location to another in the laboratory to do testing and through patient areas to perform phlebotomy.

Students must be able to fulfill these essential functions of the job without endangering patients or other health care workers. Students with disabilities may be eligible for accommodations. Prior to the start of the Program, students may contact the Director of Disability Services in College Hall 131 at 215-641-6575.

Advanced Standing

Applicants who are CLAs or who have experience working in clinical laboratories may be eligible to obtain credit via challenge of certain MLT courses. Information is available from the Program Director.

Special Program Requirements

Students are required to purchase their own malpractice insurance, uniforms, and to provide their own transportation to and from all clinical assignments and enrichment site visits. In addition to having a physical examination, which includes documentation of selected vaccinations and urine drug screen within six months prior to entering the program, students must also provide evidence of immunity to Hepatitis B. Students must also complete a criminal background check and child abuse clearance. A criminal record may exclude the student from participation in the clinical year. Students in MLT courses may occasionally be required to act as subjects for laboratory tests such as venipuncture, capillary puncture, bleeding time, and urinalysis. Students must attend a mandatory orientation session.

Note: no ear gages, piercings other than the ear lobe, or visible tattoos are permitted while in uniform.