Medical Laboratory Technician

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MLT Program Application

For more information contact:
Mari Volk • Jack Science Center 220

Program Description
The mission of the BSC Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) program is to provide a high quality, learning-centered education in medical laboratory theory and practice that maximizes student learning and makes students partners in their education.

Medical laboratory technicians, under supervision of a physician or medical laboratory scientist, perform general laboratory tests that aid physicians in the diagnosis and treatment of disease.
Goals of the MLT program are to:
  • Train competent MLTs with the knowledge and skills necessary for entry level proficiency in all areas of medical laboratory science
  • Provide a two-year associate degree program for students in North Dakota and surrounding states
  • Operate a program in which a maximum number of credits will fulfill requirements for four-year Medical Laboratory Science programs in North Dakota.
The curriculum allows a student to meet employment and transferability goals. Students receive both theoretical and experiential study, including a seven-month rotation through one of its clinical affiliates Sanford Health Laboratory or Northern Plains Laboratory in Bismarck, or Holy Rosary Healthcare Laboratory in Miles City, Mont., Central Montana Medical Center, Lewistown, Mont. and Glendive Medical Center, Glendive, Mont. BSC's MLT program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science, 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, Ill., 60018-5119. Phone: 773-714-8880.

Medical laboratory science is a demanding field. Success depends on self-discipline, self-motivation, self-reliance, integrity and the ability to work independently to solve problems and produce accurate laboratory results under stressful conditions. A strong science background with high school classes in chemistry, biology and algebra is recommended.

Program Requirements
The MLT program is highly selective and has a limited enrollment of seventeen students per year. Selection depends upon academic preparation as well as early date of application. Deadline for application is May 1. An interview with program officials is required prior to acceptance. Purpose of the interview is to assist students in making the right career choice and to design a curriculum plan that affords him/her the greatest opportunity for success. Students are required to earn a "C" or better in all prescribed science, math and technology courses and a minimum overall grade point average of 2.00 for successful completion of the program.

Those completing the curriculum requirements receive an Associate in Science degree and are eligible to write the national board examination to become certified as a medical laboratory technician.

Career Opportunities
A critical shortage of clinical laboratory professionals exists throughout the nation. MLTs are in demand in clinical and research facilities, public health laboratories, and blood donor collection and processing centers.
  2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018
Certification Exam Pass Rate 100% 100% 100% 100%
Graduation Rate 100% 90% 75% 50%
Placement Rate 100% 100% 100% 100%
Attrition Rate 0% 0% 22% 37%

Licensing/Certification Disclosure
The MLT Program prepares students for the American Society for Clinical Pathologists Board of Certification Exam.   There are eleven states that require MLTs obtained state licensure these include: California, Hawaii, Florida, New York, North Dakota, Tennessee, Louisiana, Nevada, West Virginia, Montana, Georgia.  BSCs MLT Program does meet the requirements for North Dakota and Montana, but students should verify requirements with the licensing agency for any other state that they may choose to seek employment.