AAS- Medical Laboratory Technician

Graduates of this program will receive an Associates of Applied Science in Medical Laboratory Technology and be eligible to sit for the national qualifying examination for certification and/or registration as a Medical Laboratory Technician from ASCP or AMT. Issuance of the MLT AAS is not contingent upon students passing external certification exams.

What do MLTs do?

Medical Laboratory Technician

Courses in Medical Laboratory Technology, also known as Clinical Laboratory Science, prepare the student to work in the laboratory to analyze blood, body fluids and tissues using high-tech equipment. This two-year program prepares the student to perform laboratory procedures to aid the physician in the diagnosis and treatment of patients. Medical Laboratory Technicians work in hospitals, clinics and research laboratories.



  1. Read the "Medical Technologies Student Handbook" and the program policies on this page.
  2. Fill out the MLT application.
  3. Submit your application and any additional information (such as phlebotomy certification if applicable) to Mrs. Russell at jrussell@panola.edu
  4. Make sure you receive an application receipt email.
  5. Apply to and be accepted to Panola College.
  6. Have your official college transcripts (if any) sent to the Panola College Registrar.


The MLT Program uses a mathematical formula to compute an applicant’s ranking score. The ranking score is based on four criteria. This ranking score is used to select qualified applicants for admission.

  1. Two Application Essay Questions (1-10 points)- based on desire, knowledge, and ability to clearly convey ideas.
  2. 3 points for being a certified/licensed phlebotomist (must supply proof).
  3. 1 point each for any successfully completed non-MLT requirement (9 courses- see degree plan) with a grade of “C” or better.
  4. 1 point for successful completion of MLAB 1201- Intro to Clinical Lab Science with a grade of “C” or better.

 Total Points possible (10 + 3 + 9 + 1) = 23 points. Students will be ranked and offered open positions in the MLT program according to total points earned (Number of students selected will vary each semester- a total of 22 students may be active in the program). All documentation must be submitted on or before application deadline.

MLT Student

Grade Requirements and Practicum Experiences

A grade of "C" or higher is required for satisfactory completion of all MLAB/PLAB/HITT courses. A student receiving a grade lower than "C" in an MLAB/PLAB/HITT course will be required to repeat that course.  A student will not be allowed more than a TOTAL of three(3) final grades of "D" or "F" in any MLAB/PLAB/HITT course or courses. When a student receives a THIRD semester grade of "D" or lower in any MLAB/PLAB/HITT course or combination of courses- the student will be permanently dismissed from the program.

MLT students will participate in two practicum/clinical experiences during their second year.  Students must have a minimum of a "C" in all previous MLAB/PLAB/HITT courses to be assigned to a practicum experience. (See program outcomes for details). These experiences will take place in a hospital setting (placement will be determined by instructor). Practicum I will consist of no less than 189 hours. Practicum II will consist of no less than 80 hours.  Student will be responsible for physical exam, drug screen, immunizations, and any other pre-clinical requirements (including costs) of the clinical site. Student will be responsible for transportation to and from clinical site. Students will not be paid for their clinical hours.  Students that are otherwise employed by the site WILL NOT receive clinical hour credit for paid employment.  Students must be "off the clock" in order to complete their clinical hours.  No exceptions will be made.

Additionally, students will be required to complete CPR training and subject to a criminal background check prior to beginning practicums (CPR and background cost are included in Clinical Course fees).  Any prior criminal offenses may disqualify the student from proceeding into practicums. Decisions on previous offenses are made on a case by case basis and the final decision will lie with the program director and Dean of Health Sciences.

MLT students will also have the opportunity to become certified phlebotomists during their first year of study, if they desire (student must complete required sticks and clinical hours and successfully pass the national certification exam).

More information on the above policies, as well as further information on the MLT program can be found in the Medical Technologies Student Handbook.

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