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Curriculum Information Guide

Medical Laboratory Technician

Dr. Karen Escolas, Chair
Medical Laboratory Technology Dept.
Theresa Patnode Santmann School of Health Sciences


Associate in Science Degree
(last class accepted fall 2016)

The Medical Laboratory Technician program prepares students with the knowledge, technical skills, and problem-solving ability to meet the needs of regional clinical laboratory employers. Students experience a supportive learning environment in the Medical Laboratory Technology campus laboratories, where the theoretical background introduced during lecture sessions is linked to clinical laboratory practice through the development of technical proficiency. The educational experience culminates in a clinical internship at a local affiliated clinical laboratory at which the students are prepared for the transition into the clinical laboratory workplace.

The curriculum meets the educational requirements of both the New York State Education Department for state licensure and the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS) for national accreditation. As a result, graduates are eligible to apply for a New York State license at the technician level of practice and to take the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Registry examination to obtain national certification as a medical laboratory technician (MLT(ASCP)).

All matriculated students must provide evidence of appropriate immunizations, as well as titers for measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, and Hepatitis B. It is strongly recommended that students who test negative for Hepatitis B receive the appropriate vaccine. Students who decline this recommendation will be required to sign a waiver of responsibility. A Mantoux test for tuberculosis is required on a yearly basis during program enrollment. In addition, each student is required to participate in a liability insurance policy provided by the college which will afford malpractice coverage during the time enrolled in the MLT curriculum. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from the clinical sites.  A laboratory fee that covers a lab coat, personal protective equipment, and other general supplies for use during laboratory sessions will be collected from students enrolled in all laboratory courses offered in the MLT department.

Students enrolled in the MLT program will have the opportunity to participate in the MLT Club on campus.

Please refer to the Safety and Technical Standards in the front section of the College catalog.

Typical Employment Opportunities

Graduates may obtain employment as medical laboratory technicians in hospitals, private clinical laboratories, physician office laboratories, research and industry laboratories, and in the sales, development and technical support of clinical laboratory equipment and supplies.

Medical Laboratory Technician Program Outcomes:

  • Graduates will be prepared with the knowledge and technical skills to obtain a NYS license and national certification at the technician level of practice.
  • Graduates will be prepared for entry-level technician positions in the clinical laboratory workplace, including having the ability or predisposition for additional on the job learning of new instrumentation and techniques.
  • Graduates will develop an understanding of the need for integrity and personal ethics in the practice of clinical laboratory medicine.
  • Graduates will have the educational background necessary for entry into baccalaureate programs in clinical laboratory science.

This program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS), 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119, www.naacls.org


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Fall 2017- Subject to Revision  
Liberal Arts and Sciences (34 credits)
EGL 101 Composition I: College Writing (GE) 3
EGL 102 Composition II: Writing About Literature 3
BIO 130 Biological Principles (GE) 4
BIO 166 Principles of Human Anatomy & Physiology (GE) 4
CHM 152 General Chemistry Principles I (GE) 4
CHM 153 General Chemistry Principles II (GE) 4
MTH 110 Statistics (GE) 3
General Education Electives (GE) 9

Please refer to the General Education Section in the front of the College catalog and consult with your advisor to ensure that the general education graduation requirements are satisfied.

Required: Medical Laboratory Technology (32 credits)
MLT 105 Medical Laboratory Techniques 2
MLT 223 Hematology 4
MLT 227 Immunology & Serology 4
MLT 228 Immunohematology 4
MLT 243 Clinical Chemistry 4
MLT 244 Clinical Practice 3
MLT 257 Clinical Microbiology I 3
MLT 258 Clinical Microbiology II 4
MLT 281 Practicum in Immunohematology 1
MLT 282 Practicum in Clinical Chemistry and Serology 1
MLT 283 Practicum in Hematology and Urinalysis 1
MLT 284 Practicum in Clinical Microbiology 1
Total Credits:

The grade of “C” or better is required in all MLT courses. One “D” or “D+” grade may be repeated. Two “D” or “D+” grades will result in academic dismissal.

The MLT and MT programs are accredited by NAACLS, 5600 N River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119, 773-714-8880, www.naacls.org

Curriculum Summary

Degree Type: AS
Total Required Credits: 66

Admission to Farmingdale State College - State University of New York is based on the qualifications of the applicant without regard to age, sex, marital or military status, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, disability or sexual orientation.