Medical Lab Tech Student Responsibilities

Pre-requisites

Student must meet the minimum requirements before they will be considered for admission in to the Medical Laboratory Technician Program.

ACT, ALEKS, ASSET or COMPASS scores must meet the minimum requirements: ACT score of 18 or above, COMPASS scores (Writing 65, Reading 80), ALEKS Math score of 20 or higher, or ASSET scores of 40 in each category (writing, reading, numeric)

Requirements

Students must earn a grade of  "C" or better in all courses in the MLT curriculum and meet the necessary pre-requisites to progress in the program. Students must complete the program with a grade point average of 2.0 or better.

Student Responsibilities

Students receive clinical practice at a site determined by the MLT Coordinator. A medical health form and a Criminal Background Check/Adult or Child Abuse Check must be completed prior to attending clinical. Students must begin the hepatitis immunization series during their enrollment in Fundamentals of Laboratory Science. Transportation to the clinical site is the responsibility of the student. Students are required to purchase a lab coat. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the MLT Certification exam administered by American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) or National Certifying Agency (NCA).

Granting of the Associate of Applied Science Degree is not contingent upon passing any external certification or licensure exam.

Recommended Admission Criteria

It is recommended that the following high school courses be taken prior to entrance into the program:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Algebra
  • English

Required Admission Criteria

  1. Successful completion of high school Biology and Algebra or equivalent is required. Required courses must be taken prior to entering the program.  (High school chemistry is highly recommended). Chemistry may be taken the first semester in the MLT program. The following criteria is recommended for applicants: minimum of a high school diploma (GPA of 2.5) or equivalent (GED of 550), ACT scores of 18 in reading, English, and math; COMPASS scores (writing 65, reading 80); ALEKS Math of 20 or greater; or ASSET scores of 40 in each category (writing, reading, numeric). 
  2. Students must submit a Medical Laboratory Technician Application Packet, complete with personal references.
  3. All other requirements as outlined in the Medical Laboratory Technician Application Packet.
  • IF YOU DO NOT MEET THE ABOVE REQUIREMENTS YOU MAY TAKE COLLEGE COURSES TO COMPENSATE. Please contact Stacy Mentzer at mentzer_s@iowacentral.edu or call 1-800-362-2793 ext. 1334/515-574-1334.

Enrollment Date

Students who meet the minimum admission requirements can enroll fill-time into the MLT Program beginning with the fall semester. Students also have the option to begin in the fall or spring semester as an extended student. Extended MLT students are encouraged to take Human Anatomy & Physiology 1, General Chemistry/Chemistry 1, Medical Terminology, or Microbiology.

Program Accreditation

The MLT program is accredited by the NAACLS.

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science
5600 N. River Road
Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018
773-714-8880
773-714-8886 (fax)