Aug 07, 2020  
2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 Academic Catalog

Medical Laboratory Technology, AAS

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The MLT program prepares graduates for entry into technician-level positions in a clinical laboratory environment in hospitals, physicians’ offices, commercial laboratories, biotechnology, research laboratories, pharmaceutical companies, technical services and sales, or veterinary laboratories in the areas of hematology, blood bank, microbiology, and clinical chemistry. After completing all academic and clinical requirements of the program, students will be eligible to sit for the national certification exam and apply for state licensure.  Upon completion of this program, students will

  • Demonstrate the expertise to prepare and identify specimens;
  • Culture microorganisms to determine identity and sensitivity to antibiotics;
  • Conduct blood cell counts and analyze body fluids to determine biological and chemical components;
  • Type, cross match, and prepare blood for transfusions; and
  • Exercise safety precautions and quality control throughout the laboratory.

Required Courses

Second Year

(Program Courses)

First Semester Total: 17

Second Semester Total: 14

Third Semester Total: 9

Total Credits: 72

*Indicates prerequisite and/or corequisite needed. Check course description.

Admission Guidelines

  • Students must apply for select admission to the MLT program. This should occur the spring semester during which the applicant is completing the second semester of prerequisites.
  • Applications are available after March 1 and must be completed and returned no later than the last Friday in April.
  • Admission to the program is based upon the following:
  1. High school diploma or GED
  2. Evidence of academic achievement in the prerequisite courses taken prior to application
  3. Completion of all prerequisite courses before the end of spring semester
  4. An interview
  • Students admitted into the program are required to have a background check and proof of health insurance.

Program Information

  • Prior to applying to the program, students must have completed or be in the process of completing the first year of prerequisite courses by the end of spring semester.  Students may be advised to take CHMY 105  in preparation for CHMY 121 ; preparation math courses for M 115 ; and preparation writing courses for WRIT 101 .
  • A grade of “C” or higher is required for ALL prerequisite courses.
  • Once a student is officially accepted or admitted into the MLT program, each AHMT course must be passed with a grade of at least a “C” for the student to continue in the program.  If any course grade is less than a “C” the student must withdraw from the MLT program.  Remediation will be attempted after filling out an Action Plan Form to formulate a plan for improving performance in technical MLT courses.
  • Program Accreditation: The Medical Laboratory Technology program has achieved serious applicant status through the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).  The program had a successful accreditation site visit in fall 2019. The official accreditation award will be approved by the NAACLS board in April 2020.

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119
(773) 714-8880,

  • Additional Costs: Students enrolled in courses with a laboratory component can expect additional lab fees.

Opportunities after Graduation

  • The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts that employment for medical laboratory technicians will grow 11% between 2018 and 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations.
  • From 2014-2024 an 18.5 % increase is predicted in Montana.

Advising Information:

For more information about this program, contact the Faculty Advisor.

Faculty Advisor Program Coordinator Program Director
Janice Alexander, Ph.D. Denise Pacovsky, MLS (ASCP) Terry Kotrla, MS, MT (ASCP) BB
RH 107
(406) 756-3948    


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