Program Accreditation & Licensure
The Medical Laboratory Technician Program is an integrated curriculum which leads to an Associate's of Applied Science Degree. The curriculum includes courses in clinical hematology, immunology, immunohematology, clinical microbiology, and clinical chemistry. Clinical experiences are provided in area hospitals and clinics. After completing the required academic and medical laboratory courses, you will receive an Associate of Applied Science degree and will be eligible for any of the national certification examinations administered by the various accrediting agencies (American Society for Clinical Pathologists, American Society of Medical Technologists. . . ) .
At this time, the state of Texas does not require any type of licensing examination for medical laboratory technicians; however, completion of this program will allow you to take the licensing examinations in other states. One other program is offered in under the Medical Laboratory Technician program: Phlebotomy training.
The Medical Laboratory Technician program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS), 5600 North River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, Illinois 60018-5119, Phone (847) 939-3597 or (773) 714-8880.
Admission & Prerequisite Requirements
I. GENERAL ADMISSION PROCESS
It is required that all Medical Laboratory Program applicants follow the procedures below. Unsuccessful completion of all items within the mandated time-frame will preclude the application and therefore the application will not be considered for admission review.
- Meeting criteria for selection does not guarantee admission to the program. Final selection will be based on the applicant pool and space available.
- All applicants must must completed all the course prerequisites prior to the beginning of Fall classes.
- Complete application packets for the program must be submitted and postmarked by USPS before the beginning of Fall semester enrollment.
--completion of the TEAS V exam
--submission of all official transcripts from all colleges attended (see application checklist for more information)
By submitting an application packet, an individual verifies that he/she has:
1) Read the web page
2) Obtained all necessary documents
3) Understood the procedures to be followed for admission into the Medical Laboratory Technician program
II. PREREQUISITE REQUIREMENTS
1. All applicants must complete all college course requirements prior to the start of the Fall semester. All prerequisites must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher.
These courses are:
- BIOL 2404 Human Anatomy and Physiology
- MATH 1314 College Algebra
- MLAB 1201 Introduction to Clinical Laboratory Science
2. Standardized Testing
All applicants are required to take a standardized test. For all Allied Health Programs, applicants will be taking the Assessment Technology Institute (ATI) The Essential Academic Skills (TEAS V) standardized exam. The TEAS V is a web-based exam that helps identify students with the best chance of success in the Allied Health field. The TEAS V is a multiple choice assessment of basic academic knowledge that covers Reading, Mathematics, Science and English language usage.
The cost of the exam is $70.
- Students must register prior to taking the exam.
- Click here to register for the TEAS V exam.
- Students interested in improving their test scores may retake the TEAS V test once per academic year, for a total of two attempts.
- The resulting overall score will be used in the applicant ranking process.
- Click here to access study materials for the TEAS V exam.
Application & Selection Process
Applications for admission to the Medical Laboratory Technician Program (MLAB) are accepted throughout the spring semester. It is recommended students submit a complete application packet once prerequisites have been completed for consideration before the start of the Fall semester class. If a student is completing a prerequisite during the Spring or Summer session, an updated official transcript must be submitted to the program.
Applications are reviewed and processed before the Fall semester for consideration for the next available class. Failure to complete and submit all requested paperwork before the start of the Fall semester results in forfeiture of placement within the program
You may download APPLICATIONS here. For further assistance or questions, please contact the program director.
After careful review of all applicants by the program director and faculty, applicants will be notified of their acceptance or nonacceptance into the program. Before being fully accepted into any Allied Health Program, students must:
1. Pass a mandatory criminal background check and drug screen (at the student's expense).
2. Complete CPR for healthcare professional course and submit a copy of card as verification
3. You must show proof of current immunization status. The immunization requirements are mandated by the State of Texas for all Allied Health students as part of entry into the program. Failure to complete the required immunizations will prevent the student from participating in clinical rotations. The immunizations consist of:
a. TB skin test
b. Tetanus/Diptheria/Pertussis (DTAP)
c. Mumps/Measles/Rubella (MMR)
d. Hepatitis A
c. Hepatitis B
e. Bacterial Meningitis
f. Flu shot/H1N1 immunization
4. The student must have proof of medical insurance. Students must be covered for accident and sickness prior to attending their clinical rotations. If your medical insurance covers both accident and sickness, you must provide proof of coverage to the Program Director. If you need medical coverage, Alamo Colleges can provide you one. Go to the Academic Health Plans, click here. Select Plan III which covers both accident and sickness. If you have any further questions pertaining to medical insurance, please contact the Program Director.
Classes begin in the fall semester and enrollment is limited to 18 students.