Medical Laboratory Technology


Our Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) program will prepare you for a career in this specialized healthcare field. MLT is a part of the healthcare team that provides the physician with information used in the diagnosis and treatment of disease or injury. These are scientists who hunt for clues to determine the presence or absence of disease. They also perform general tests in all laboratory areas—blood bank, chemistry, hematology, immunology, and microbiology—in order to determine the extent and cause of disease. 80 percent of medical decisions are based on these laboratory results.

This is an ideal career for individuals who enjoy limited patient contact, the security of job skills, and the possibility of advancement. Further education and clinical training enable you to become a medical technologist or specialist. There is a strong need for medical laboratory technicians, as approximately 40 percent of current laboratory professionals are within five to ten years of retirement. You will be prepared to ensure ongoing quality healthcare to communities in the state of Mississippi, and beyond.

Medical laboratory technology is an excellent pre-professional curriculum if you are interested in the medical field.

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Career Opportunities

When you complete the Medical Laboratory Technology program at Hinds Community College, you’ll have a variety of career opportunities before you. Employment opportunities are available for certified MLTs throughout the United States. You’ll be able to move anywhere and be employable. Full-time and part-time, days or nights—all options are available. Medical laboratory technician skills make you employable in a number of environments other than hospital laboratories. Technicians can be employed in private clinics, research labs, vet labs, industry, crime investigations, forensic studies, and public health facilities. MLTs can be instrument and product evaluators, equipment technicians, or lab information computer analysts.

Important Program Information

Refresh Your A&P and Microbiology Courses

Did you take and pass your A&P and Microbiology courses more than 5 years ago? You can refresh your expired BIO sciences for a fraction of the cost and time required to repeat the traditional courses. We offer Proficiency Courses online, which are designed to be completed in a short period of time and at your own pace! For more information, please contact a Nursing Allied Health Center counselor at 601-376-4807.

  • Associate of Applied Science
Sample Curriculum
Course Hours
Microbiology, Lecture & Lab 4
English Composition I 3
College Algebra 3
Fundamentals of Medical Laboratory Technology/Phlebotomy 2
Urinalysis/Body Fluids 2
Hematology I 3
Total Hours 17
Course Hours
Hematology II 4
Immunology/Serology 3
Pathogenic Microbiology I 2
Pathogenic Microbiology II 4
Behavioral/Social Science Elective 3
Total Hours 16

Summer Session

Course Hours
General Chemistry I (w/lab) or Principles of Chemistry I (w/lab) 4
Public Speaking I or Interpersonal Communication 3
Total Hours 7
Course Hours
Clinical Chemistry 5
Immunohematology 4
MLT Seminar 1
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
Total Hours 13
Course Hours
Certification Fundamentals for MLT 3
Clinical Practicum I 3
Clinical Practicum II 3
Clinical Practicum III 3
Clinical Practicum IV 3
Total Hours 15
Total Hours for Associate of Applied Science: 70

Admission Requirements

  • Application for Admission to Hinds Community College.
  • Application for Selection to the Medical Laboratory Technology Program.
  • Validation of high school graduation by official high school transcript or high school equivalency transcript  (GED®, HiSET®, TASC­™, or Mississippi Competency-Based High School Equivalency). (For currently enrolled high school students, an updated transcript, validating high school graduation, will be required prior to beginning the program.).
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended, except Hinds Community College.
  • ACT composite score of 18 (15, if taken prior to October 1989).
  • Applicant must be eligible to take College Algebra (MAT 1313) and English Composition I (ENG 1113) as determined by the Hinds Community College mandatory Testing and Placement procedure.
  • Overall GPA of 2.5 on transferable college credits or GPA of 2.5 on high school work (if no transferable college credits are available).
  • Science courses taken prior to admission must have been completed with a “C” or above and within five years of entering the first MLT class.
  • Math courses are taken prior to and after admission to the program must have a grade of “C” or above.

Selection Process

  • The application for selection will be available from March 1st thru July 31st.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who complete the application procedure by April 15th.
  • Individuals who have submitted all required admission documents by the specified deadline will be considered for program admission based on a rating scale that includes: ACT Composite Score; ACT sub-scores; highest previous certificate or degree; and GPA.
  • Applicants not selected for a class may reapply for subsequent classes by submitting a new Application for Selection to the Medical Laboratory Technology Program.


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Cooper McCachren
Nursing Allied Health Center Advisor
Christie Adair
Nursing Allied Health Center Advisor

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