Pearl River Community College

Medical Laboratory Technology

Interested in doing some really bizarre things, like investigating deadly diseases? How about learning about DNA profi lng? Or perhaps you’d like to probe into murder cases and learn about forensic testing. Maybe world events have sparked an interest in bioterrorism. MLT offers endless opportunities!

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have the following on file at the Forrest County Center MLT Program office by May 1 to be considered for admission:

  • Completed PRCC application*
  • Completed MLT Program application
  • High school transcript or GED transcript with passing score*
  • Offi cial copy of all college transcripts*
  • Autobiographical essay
  • ACT score of 18 or higher*

*Students not already enrolled at PRCC must also have these documents on fi le with the admissions office.

A minimum grade of C must be maintained in each course or transferred course to remain in the MLT program.

It is recommended that students take College Algebra, English and Microbiology before entering the MLT program.

Frequently asked questions

What is a medical laboratory technician?
Medical laboratory technicians are very educated laboratory scientists who perform tests on blood, body fl uids and tissues to aid the physician in the diagnosis, management and treatment of diseases. Medical laboratory technicians, also called clinical laboratory technicians, interpret data, analyze results, develop and evaluate new test procedures, manage information and communicate with other members of the health care team. Approximately 85% of medical decisions are based on test results from the clinical lab.

How long is the program?
Two years

Are there jobs available for medical laboratory technicians?
Yes. In fact, there is a nationwide shortage of medical laboratory technicians. Most of our students have multiple job offers before they graduate.

What salary can MLT graduates earn?
Salaries vary greating depending on the area of the country and the type of healthcare facility. Entry level pay is up to $18 an hour. Most jobs in healthcare usually come with fantastic health, dental and retirement benefi ts. Higher salaries are usually paid for working evening, night and weekend shifts.

What is the scope of the testing I will learn?
The program focuses on major areas:

  • Clinical chemistry - testing and measurement of chemical analytes
  • Hematology - examination and enumeration of blood cells
  • Urinalysis - detection of chemical components and elements in urine
  • Microbiology - culture, staining and biochemical identifi cation of microorganisms
  • Immunohematology - typing and crossmatching of patient and donor blood
  • Immunology - detection of antibodies and unique proteins

Are medical laboratory technicians limited to working in hospital labs?
No. Many other choices for practice are available, including clinic, public health, research and private labs; companies manufacturing laboratory analysis systems, supplies, equipment or media; crime labs, physician office labs, fertility labs and biotechnology, food and cosmetic industries. An MLT associates degree provides a strong foundation for further education in medicine, dentistry, law and pharmacy.

Do medical laboratory technicians take a state or national licensing examination?
Mississippi does not require state or national licensure; however, most hospitals require employees to pass a nationally-administered exam.

To find out more, call
MLT Program Secretary - Cheryl Breland, 601 554-5507
MLT Program Director – Evelyn Wallace, 601 554-5523
MLT Instructor & Fieldwork Coordinator - Tamara Henderson, 601 554-5524

MLT Curriculum

Freshman - Fall

MLT 1112 Fundamentals of MLT/Phlebotomy
ENG 1113 English Composition I
Chemistry elective with lab
MAT 1313 College Algebra
BIO 1513 Anatomy & Physiology I
BIO 1511 Anatomy & Physiology I lab
MLT 1212 Urinalysis/Body Fluids

Freshman - Spring

MLT 1314 Hematology I
BIO 1523 Anatomy & Physiology II
BIO 1521 Anatomy & Physiology II lab
MLT 2512 Parasitology
MLT 1413 Immunology

Freshman - Summer

BIO 2923 Microbiology
BIO 2921 Microbiology lab
SPT 1113 Public Speaking I
Social/behavioral science elective
Humanities/fine arts elective

Sophomore - Fall

MLT 2615 Pathogenic Microbiology
MLT 2424 Immunohematology
MLT 1515 Clinical Chemistry
MLT 1324 Hematology II

Sophomore - Spring

MLT 2916 Clinical Practice I
MLT 2926 Clinical Practice II

Sophomore - Summer

MLT 2936 Clinical Practice III
MLT 2724 Certification Fundamentals for MLT
MLT 2712 Seminar