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Medical Laboratory Technology

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Medical Lab TechnologyMedical 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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Program of Study

Admission Info

Complete the Online Application for Admission to Hinds Community College. Be sure to write MLT or Medical Laboratory Technology for FIELD OF STUDY. Incomplete applications may not be considered. ACT scores and high school transcripts should be sent at the same time or as soon as available. Transfer students will need to send official transcripts with the latest grade information.

Admission decisions will begin in the spring semester and continue until the first day of class in August or until the maximum number of 20 students are accepted. Application for this program should be sent to Hinds Community College Office of Admissions at the following address:

Hinds Community College
Nursing/Allied Health Center
1750 Chadwick Drive
Jackson, MS 39204-3490

For further information, call the Office of Admissions and Records at 601.376.4810 or 601.857.3212.

In addition to the general admission requirements, the MLT Program has specific program admission requirements as follows:

  1. Application for Admission to Hinds Community College.
  2. Application for Selection to the Medical Laboratory Technology Program.
  3. Validation of high school graduation by official high school transcript or high school equivalency transcript (GED®, HiSET®, or TASC).
  4. Official transcripts from all colleges attended, except Hinds Community College.
  5. ACT composite score of 18 (15, if taken prior to October 1989).
  6. 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.
  7. 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).
  8. 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 (Effective July 1, 2012).
  9. Math courses taken prior and after admission to the program must have a grade of "C" or above.

Process for Selection

  1. Preference will be given to applicants who complete the application procedure by March 31.
  2. 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; previous certificates/degrees and GPA.
  3. Applicants not selected for a class may reapply for subsequent classes by submitting a new Application for Selection to the Medical Laboratory Technology Program.

Selection Ranking Criteria

Please Note

  • Science courses no older than 5 years of entering the first Medical Laboratory Technology course.
  • Submitting information to other Hinds Community College locations will delay the processing of the applicant's file.
  • The applicant must submit a College Approved Health Form, completed and signed by a physician, confirming that he/she is of good health and possesses the required physical abilities to function satisfactorily within the program and occupation. Drug screening and a criminal background check will be required as part of the physical exam.
  • In order to progress in the MLT program, a grade of C or better is required in all MLT and general academic courses.
  • All MLT students must be CPR certified by the American Heart Association Healthcare Provider Program before entering clinical training. Classes are offered at the Nursing/Allied Health Center.

First Friday - Information Session

Information session are held at the Nursing/Allied Health Center on the first Friday of each month at 1 p.m., except holidays. These sessions will provide you with an opportunity to talk with faculty, counselors, and financial aid representatives and to tour school labs.

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