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Program Overview

The Medical Laboratory Technology curriculum is a two -year Associate of Applied Science degree program of study that prepares individuals to work in a medical laboratory. This program is designed to meet the standards and requirements for careers in clinical laboratory science. At career entry, the medical laboratory technician/clinical laboratory technician will be able to perform routine clinical laboratory tests (such as hematology, clinical chemistry, immunohematology, microbiology, serology/immunology, coagulation, molecular, and or emerging diagnostics) as the primary analyst making specimen-oriented decisions on predetermined criteria. Upon successful completion of the technical program, the student will be eligible to take a national certification examination.

The Medical Laboratory program consists of two academic years and two summers. Courses in biological, chemical, and social sciences, mathematics, humanities, and fine arts provide foundation and support for the technical courses. The MLT courses combine theory and clinical learning experiences in a related sequence. The practicum is a twenty-week comprehensive learning experience in an affiliated hospital during which the student builds technical skills under direct supervision of the clinical instructor. It comprises the fourth semester and a summer session. Affiliated hospitals are University of MS Medical Center Grenada in Grenada, Delta Regional Medical Center in Greenville, Greenwood Leflore Hospital in Greenwood, and Northwest Mississippi Medical Center in Clarksdale. Clinical assignments are at the discretion of the college.

The MDCC Medical Laboratory Program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS) 5600 North River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018, (773) 714-8880. Graduates of the program are awarded an Associate of Applied Science Degree and are eligible to write for national certification examinations.

Professional Licensure/Certification Requirements

MDCC's Medical Laboratory Technology program is a program that meets the educational requirements for a Medical Laboratory Technician and qualifies graduates to take a national certification examination.

Through reasonable and good faith effort, research has been done to determine whether or not each program meets licensure requirements, does not meet licensure requirements, or has not yet been determined for each state. Licensure and certification requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with Mississippi’s community colleges. These requirements, state laws, regulations, and policies can change at any time. If a program does not meet requirements or is undetermined, students should contact the Board in each state for more information. Determinations about whether the Medical Laboratory Technology program at MDCC meets the state education requirements for US States, Territories, and the District of Columbia can be found at  Professional Licensure & State Authorization Program Determination Disclosure.

Our Medical Laboratory Technology Program is Noteworthy

The MDCC MLT Program is known for graduating highly competent laboratory professionals who also have an extraordinary success rate on national board examinations.

Accredited by National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences since 1982.

American Society of Clinical Laboratory Pathologists Board of Registry Exam for MLTs - Students graduating from MDCC's MLT Program frequently place in the top ten percent of the country.