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The Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) program prepares Health Science professionals to perform analysis on blood and body fluids to enable a physician to diagnose and monitor the treatment of diseases. The MLT program helps students obtain marketable skills for entry level positions. Graduates earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree. The program satisfies entry-level skill requirements and provides a foundation for career advancement.


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Professional Organizations & Sites of Interest

The Medical Laboratory Technician program maintains close ties with professional organizations representing the medical or clinical laboratory science field. Additional information for Medical Laboratory Technician career opportunities may be obtained at the following sites:

The following sites provide additional information on related health care topics.

 

Faculty & Staff

The Medical Laboratory Technician (MLAB) program faculty are dedicated credentialed professionals with many years of clinical laboratory experience. Each faculty member has received a national certification from a recognized credentialing agency: American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).   Each faculty member has worked in all areas of hospital laboratories.

Terri Murphy-Sanchez, MT (ASCPCM), Program Director
mailto:tmurphy-sanchez@alamo.edu   
Phone: 210-486-2652
Location: Center for Health Professions (CHP) 330V  

Julie Zwies, MT (ASCP), Clinical Coordinator
mailto:jzwies@alamo.edu   
Phone: 210-486-2658
Location: Center for Health Professions (CHP) 330W

 

Program Accreditation and Licensure

The Medical Laboratory Technician Program is a nationally accredited program with an integrated curriculum which leads to an Associate's of Applied Science Degree. The curriculum includes courses in clinical hematology, immunology, immunohematology, clinical microbiology, clinical chemistry, phlebotomy and urinalysis. Clinical experiences are provided in area hospitals and clinics. After completing the required academic and medical laboratory technician courses, you will receive an Associate of Applied Science degree and will then be eligible for the Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) national certification examination administered by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).

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. There is another program offered: Phlebotomy training, which falls under the accreditation auspices of the Medical Laboratory Technician program.

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.

  http://www.naacls.org/

Admission and Prerequisite Requirements

I.  GENERAL ADMISSION PROCESS

It is required that all Medical Laboratory Program applicants follow the procedures below.  Any interested student must first apply for admission to the college, and have completed the two prerequisite courses and then they may apply for admission into the program. 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.

      - Complete application packets for the program must be submitted and postmarked by USPS by June 30.

           --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 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

 Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete all general education course requirements prior to the start of the program.

 These courses are:

  • BIOL 2404       Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • CHEM 1411    General Chemistry I
  • MATH 1314     College Algebra
  • ENGL 1301     Composition I
  • PHIL 2306       Introduction to Ethics
  • PSYC 2301     General Psychology
2. Standardized Testing:
  
All applicants are required to take a standardized test.  For all Health Science Programs, applicants will be taking "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 Health Sciences field.  The TEAS V is a multiple choice assessment of basic academic knowledge that covers Reading, Mathematics, Science and English language usage.
This exam may only be taken once every 6 months.
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 and Selection Process

Application deadline for admission to the Medical Laboratory Technician Program (MLAB) is June 30. 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 for consideration for the fall semester cohort. Failure to complete and submit all requested paperwork on/or before June 30, will not be considered for the upcoming fall cohort. The program accepts 18 students annually.

  Download APPLICATION 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 (conditional) or nonacceptance into the program via email.  Before being fully accepted into any Health Sciences Program, students must complete other requirements. The information to complete the additional requirements will be provided to the students, upon acceptance into the program. 

  • The immunization requirements are mandated by the State of Texas for all Health Science students. The student must complete the following list of immunizations and other requirements  prior to attending clinical rotations  (by requested deadline) , at the student's expense. Failure to complete the required immunizations will prevent the student from participating in clinical rotations. The immunizations and other requirements are as follows:


 1.  Complete and pass a CBC (criminal background check) and a drug screen, at the student's expense.

 

 2. Complete an American Heart Association (AHA) BLS Health Care Provider CPR course for certification (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 Health Science 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 x 2 (must be recent)

      b. Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis (DTAP)

      c. Mumps/Measles/Rubella (MMR)

      d. Hepatitis A

      c. Hepatitis B

      d. Varicella

      e. Bacterial Meningitis

      f.  Annual Flu shot

4. HIV screening test

5. The student must provide proof of medical/health insurance coverage to the clinical coordinator prior to attending clinical rotations.

Classes begin in the fall semester and enrollment is limited to 18 students.

Contact Information

Program Director:
Terri Murphy-Sanchez, MT(ASCP CM ), MLS(CSMLS)
tmurphy-sanchez@alamo.edu

Location:
MLK Campus
Center for Health Professionals (CHP) 330V

Phone:
210-486-2652