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Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT)

 


About the Program

Tarleton State University, member of the Texas A&M University System, offers the Medical Laboratory Technician Certification Program through its Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences in Fort Worth, Texas. Faculty members of the Department are Certified Medical Laboratory Scientists with advanced degrees and/or specialty certification and varied clinical experiences offering a diverse academic presentation. Additionally, the staff is assisted by pathologists and Medical Laboratory Scientists from the affiliated clinical laboratories. Upon completion of required courses from a partnering community college or Tarleton State University, students will complete 37 hours of sophomore level courses offered by the Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences. These courses will comprise the certification portion of the degree plan. Upon completion of the 69-72 hour program, students will be awarded the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree from Tarleton State University and will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination, MLT(ASCP).

Employment

The Department actively collects information regarding potential jobs and makes this information available to all students. Services of the University Placement Offices are also available. Graduates of the program are employed throughout the North Central Texas area as well as the state and the nation. The need for Certified Medical Laboratory Technicians is growing. MLT graduates will find employment in a variety of fields including both rural and urban hospital settings, reference laboratories and physician office laboratories.

Admission Requirements

MLT program applicants must complete an MLT application and supply three reference letters (with a minimum of one from a science instructor and two from other college instructors or a work supervisor). Applicants must have completed one biology and one math course before applying. The Tarleton MLT program has a minimum requirement of 33-35 semester hours applicable toward an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree that must be completed prior to admission. Prerequisite science and math coursework greater than seven years of age must be updated by repeating courses within that content area. Students entering with an associates or baccalaureate degree must have 12 hours of biology including microbiology, 4 hours of chemistry, 3 hours of math (MATH 107 or higher) and 3 hours of english.

Tuition / Scholarships

Tuition and fees are charged in accordance with the fee structure for the University. Tuition and fees may be calculated at http://www.tarleton.edu/FINADMINWEB/business/estimatedcost.html. A semester by semester estimate of tuition and fees will be provided at the Program Preview Session. Additional expenses incurred include: room, board, books, liability insurance, physical exam, immunizations, uniforms, drug screen and background check. As an enrolled student of the University, the MLT student is eligible for scholarships and loans through the Financial Aid office of the University. Additionally, some local scholarships are available for students within the Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences.

Application procedures & Deadlines

Three classes per year are accepted, one in January, one in June and one in August. Students are admitted on a competitive basis through an evaluation based on academic performance from transcripts and letters of reference. Official transcripts from all colleges must be submitted prior to scheduling a Program Preview Session. A $35 non-refundable application fee will be charged for all applications. Application deadlines are March 15 for June classes, June 15 for August classes and October 15 for January classes. All transcripts, applications and references must be received prior to deadline dates. All applicants must reapply if they wish to be considered for additional classes. Applications may be found at http://www.tarleton.edu/medicallab/forms.html

Accreditation

The program is fully accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119, (847) 939-3597 Students are encouraged to develop professional growth by participating as student members in professional societies such as ASCLS and ASCP. Extracurricular activities include participation in local and state meetings and a local chapter of Lambda Tau National Medical Laboratory Science Honor Society.

Outcomes for NAACLS Program

Outcomes Statistics 2012-2013
Certification Pass Rate Employment / Further Education Rates
Medical Laboratory Technology 100% (24/24) 100% (24/24)
Histotechnology 100% (17/17) 100% (17/17)
Medical Laboratory Science 100% (42/42) 100% (42/42)
Master of Science in Medical Laboratory Science (MDS) 100% (3/3) 100% (3/3)

Graduation / Certification

Upon successful completion of the professional program, graduates are eligible to sit for the national certification exam, Medical Laboratory Technician, MLT (ASCP). Students will receive their Associate of Applied Science degree from Tarleton State University. Awarding of the certificate and degree from Tarleton is not contingent upon passing national certification exams.

Degree Requirements

Students seeking the associate degree from Tarleton State University must complete the following 33-35 prerequisite hours at the University or other accredited community colleges. Tarleton State University offers the following prerequisite courses:

Tarleton State University Catalog can be found at: http://catalog.tarleton.edu/

MLT Prerequisite Courses

Course Credit Hours
ENGL 111 a 3
MATH 107 b 3
BIOL 219 or BIOL 120c 4
CHEM 101 or CHEM 105c 4
Fine Arts Elective or Humanities 3
PSY 101 3
COMS 101 or 102 3
BIOL 220 or BIOL 121c 4
BIOL 307 4
2 hr Allied Health Elective or CHEM 108c    2 or 4
TOTAL 33-35

Notes:

a. English: Students will be placed into English courses in accordance with the University’s Placement and Continuing Enrollment Rules. Students must enroll in English during their first semester at Tarleton and every regular semester thereafter until the freshman English core curriculum requirement [i.e., ENGL 111 & 112] has been satisfied.
b. Mathematics: Students will be placed into mathematics courses in accordance with the University’s Placement and Continuing Enrollment Rules.  Students must enroll in mathematics during their first semester at Tarleton unless they are eligible for placement into college-level mathematics [MATH 107 or higher]. Students eligible for placement into college-level mathematics may choose to postpone initial mathematics enrollment until their second regular semester at Tarleton. Following initial mathematics enrollment, students must enroll in mathematics every regular semester thereafter until the freshman mathematics core curriculum requirement [MATH 107 or higher] has been satisfied.
c. Students planning to articulate from the AAS to BS must choose BIOL 120, 121 and CHEM 105, 108.  

MLT Professional Courses:

MLAB *282, 264, 244, 274, 294, 276, 224, 228, 295, 234, 214, 293, **292, **285

*A student MUST enroll in this course during their first semester whether it is Fall, Spring or Summer term.

** A student MUST enroll in this course during their final semester whether it is Fall, Spring or Summer term. 

Prerequisite courses may also be completed at the community colleges below with the course numbers listed at the hyperlink

Students with an associate degree or baccalaureate degree must have the following prerequisites: BIOLOGY: 12 hours including Microbiology, CHEMISTRY: 4 hours, MATH: 3 hours, ENGLISH: 3 hours. It is the policy of Tarleton State University to maintain complete equality in offering of all benefits to students without regards to sex, race, color, or national origin.

Partners

Located in the central hospital district of Fort Worth, at 1501 Enderly Place, the Department has current affiliations with 17 area hospitals

Medical Laboratory Technology Clinical Sites:

  • Texas Heath Resources Arlington Memorial Hospital    
  • Texas Heath Resources Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital
  • Texas Heath Resources Harris Methodist Southwest Hospital   
  • Texas Heath Resources Harris Methodist HEB
  • Texas Heath Resources Harris Methodist  Cleburne      
  • HCA Plaza Medical Center
  • HCA Las Colinas Medical Center         
  • HCA Medical Center of Plano
  • HCA North Hills Hospital         
  • HCA Denton Regional
  • Methodist Mansfield Medical Center
  • John Peter Smith Hospital (TCHD)
  • Baylor Medical Center at Irving
  • Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano
  • Palo Pinto Medical Center       
  • Weatherford Regional Medical Center
  • Glen Rose Medical Center

Contact

For Additional Information Contact:

Virginia Reyes, M.Ed., MT(ASCP), SBB
MLT Program Director
Tarleton State University
1501 Enderly Place, Fort Worth, Texas 76104
reyes@tarleton.edu
(V)817.926.1101   (F)817.922.8103

FORMS AND APPLICATIONS

To apply to this program, complete the MLT application and mail to the address on the application with the $35 non-refundable application fee.  Three academic and/or professional references are also required along with original transcripts from all universities and/or colleges attended.

After you are accepted into the program, you will then be instructed to apply to Tarleton State University.