This program is designed to provide general education, sciences, and medical laboratory education courses necessary for career-entry preparation. Medical Laboratory Technicians perform laboratory tests used to diagnose, monitor and treat patients. Program graduates are eligible to take national certification examinations and make application for Tennessee Licensure as Medical Laboratory Technicians.
Admission to the program is limited and on a competitive basis. The application deadline is March 15 of each year. Class selection and notification is completed in April from applicants who complete all prerequisites by the end of the Spring Semester with a cumulative GPA of 2.2 or higher. In order to be eligible for admission into the MLT program, students must successfully complete, with a grade of "C" or higher, all the required 16 hours of general education courses, MLT 100, BIOL 2020, BIOL 2230 (or CHEM 1030 or higher), and at least one of the four elective options listed below. Once students are admitted to the program, three consecutive semesters of intensive full-time study beginning in May of each year are required for graduation. The MLT program classes do not necessarily follow the regular College calendar. All MLT courses except clinical practicums are taught at the main campus in Gallatin, TN. For more information refer to the Health Sciences Associate of Applied Science Degrees section in the catalog.
Program accreditation has been granted through the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS, 5600 N River Rd, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018 www.naacls.org (847) 939-3597).
All students graduating with a degree from VSCC are required to take the Educational Testing Service Proficiency Profile (ETSP). More information can be found at http://www.volstate.edu/Testing/Services.php.