Medical Laboratory Technology


Medical Laboratory Technology is a part of the healthcare team that provides the physician with information used in the diagnosis and treatment of disease or injury. MLTs are scientists who hunt for clues to determine the presence or absence of disease. We 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. Eighty percent of medical decisions are based on 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 enables you to become a medical technologist or specialist. There is a strong need for medical laboratory technicians as approximately 40% of current laboratory professionals are in the five to ten years of retirement. You will be prepared to ensure ongoing quality healthcare to communities in the state of Mississippi.

Career Opportunities

  • The Jobs Rated Almanac: The Best and Worst of Jobs, by Les Kratz rated medical laboratory technicians in the top 20 list of best jobs.
  • Medical laboratory technicians ranked 4th in the healthcare/medicine occupational category.
  • Employment opportunities are available for certified MLTs throughout the United States. Move anywhere and be employable.
  • You can work full time, part time, days or nights.
  • The skills that medical laboratory technicians have make them 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 an instrument and product evaluator, equipment technician, or a lab information computer analyst.
  • Medical laboratory technology is an excellent pre-professional curriculum if you are interested in the medical field.

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For a complete list of courses, please see our college catalog.

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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 taken prior and after admission to the program must have a grade of “C” or above.

    Selection Process

    • The application for selection will be available 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.

    Clinical Affiliates

    Students in medical laboratory technology enter into clinical training the final two semesters of the program. This is usually the spring and summer semesters of the final year. This training is comprised of rotations in each of the five primary disciplines of Clinical Laboratory Science. The student works under the supervision of a medical technologist to apply the theory and laboratory skills learned in the academic setting to the clinical setting. The following is a list of current clinical affiliates.


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