Medical Laboratory Technicians (MLT’s) play a critical role in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of disease. MLT’s work in all areas of the lab including blood bank, chemistry, hematology, immunology, and microbiology. The MLT uses analytical skills to operate sophisticated laboratory equipment and computer technology.
The continued growth of the laboratory science profession is producing an increased demand for educated and motivated laboratory professionals. Employment opportunities for graduates of Harcum’s MLT Program include hospital and reference laboratories, physician offices, clinics, forensic laboratories, pharmaceutical companies, and research facilities.
The Medical Laboratory Technician Program offers a blended online curriculum to suit the needs of the working student, students who have obligations that prevent them from participating in a traditional classroom schedule, and students at a distance from the college. All of the required MLT lecture courses are available online, as well as a majority of the required general education courses. MLT student labs are offered on six Saturdays throughout the semester from 9am-3pm. Students also attend a clinical practicum in a CLIA approved hospital laboratory where they gain experience in every aspect of laboratory testing. Accommodations will be made for distance students.
Harcum courses required in the MLT curriculum, that are not currently offered online include:
CHE Elective: Lecture + Lab = 4 credits
BIO 205 Microbiology
These courses can be taken at any accredited college/university convenient to the student and transferred into the MLT Program.
MLT Program Mission Statement:
The mission of the Medical Laboratory Technician Program is to prepare individuals, from diverse backgrounds, for employment as knowledgeable and technically skilled medical laboratory technicians who are capable of higher order critical thinking processes and are aware of the importance of continuing education in their field.
MLT Program Learning Outcomes:
- Graduates will analyze laboratory results to diagnose disease and recommend treatment for pathologic conditions.
- Graduates will demonstrate effective written and verbal communication skills.
- Graduates will demonstrate mastery of laboratory methodologies, including problem solving and troubleshooting techniques, for the major areas currently practiced by a modern clinical laboratory.
- Graduates will summarize the significance of continued professional development.
- Graduates will create a plan to demonstrate technical training sufficient to orient new employees.
- Graduates will explain the importance of laboratory safety and regulatory compliance.
- Completed Harcum College application
- Official high school transcript or GED transcript. This requirement is waived for applicants who have completed a bachelor's degree, unless specifically requested.
- High School or College GPA of a 2.0
- Official college transcript(s), if applicable
- Typed personal essay explaining why you chose your desired major.
- Letter(s) or recommendation from an employer, teacher, guidance counselor, etc.
- SAT or ACT scores, if taken (critical reading and math scores only).
- All accepted students must provide proof of specific medical and legal clearances (see tuition page for additional fees).
- Purchase designated uniform scrubs.
- Competency in the spoken English language. TOEFL scores are required for students for whom English is a second language.
Essential Functions represent the essential non-academic requirements of the program that students must master to participate successfully in the program and become employable. The following is a list of the technical abilities and skills applicants for admission into Medical Laboratory Technology courses must possess:
- Manual Dexterity: ability to use hand(s) or prosthetic devices with coordination
- Fine Motor: ability to manipulate small objects with fingertip or adaptive devices
- Vision: ability to distinguish red, yellow, and blue colors; distinguish clear from cloudy and distinguish objects through a microscope
- Hearing: ability to adapt with assistive devices (i.e., phone receivers, hearing aid, etc.)
- Speech: ability to effectively communicate verbally in English
- Writing: ability to communicate effectively in the written form in English
- Reading : ability to read, understand, and follow directions printed in English
- Mobility: ability to maneuver in the laboratory, around the laboratory, around instruments, and in patient-care settings.
- Computer Literacy is essential for success in online courses.
The MLT program is accredited by NAACLS:
The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
5600 N. River Road, Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119
ASCP Board of Certification Passing Rates for Dec 2015 and May 2016 MLT Graduates: 100%
Graduation Rates for Dec 2015 and May 2016 MLT Graduates: 100%
Employment (Placement) Rates for Dec 2015 and May 2016 MLT Graduates: 100%