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?

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.

The Panola College MLT Program is offered in a "Hybrid" format only.  All MLAB courses will be taught with online lectures.  Most MLAB courses require a face-to-face lab.  All labs will be done on THREE designated Saturdays per semester on the Carthage Campus.  Laboratory attendance is required for course completion. Attendance at clinical rotations will require weekday, daytime hours.



**PRE-REQUISITE COURSES: Student must have successfully COMPLETED and present transcript evidence of the following with program application:

  • being TSI COMPLETE in Math
  • one college level course in Chemistry (lecture and lab, minimum of 4 hours)
  • one college level course in Biology (lecture and lab, minimum of 4 hours)

****Students that do not meet the above pre-requisites will not be considered for the program.

  1. Read the "Medical Technologies Student Handbook" and the program policies on this page. **Please make sure you meet all MINIMUM requirements.**
  2. Apply to and be accepted to Panola College AND complete all college requirements for admission (vaccinations, transcripts, TSI scores, etc.)
  3. Fill out the MLT application (click HERE).
  4. Submit your application and any addition information (such as phlebotomy certification and transcripts with proof of CHEMISTRY and BIOLOGY requirement) to program director's assistant, Mrs. Hammond at khammond@panola.edu ON OR BEFORE the deadline.
  5. Make sure you receive an application receipt email from Mrs. Hammond.
  6. Have your official college transcripts from other institutions (if any) sent to the Panola College Registrar. Students should have an overall GPA of 2.0 or better to apply.

***Applications missing any of the above requirements will NOT be considered.


The MLT Program uses a mathematical formula to compute an applicant’s ranking score. The ranking score is based on five criteria. This ranking score is used to select qualified applicants for admission. Only students who meet the pre-requisite requirement will be considered for admission.

  1. 1 to 10 points for two Application Essay Questions - based on desire, knowledge, grammar and ability to clearly convey ideas.
  2. 4 points for being a certified/licensed phlebotomist (must supply proof BEFORE deadline).
  3. 0.5 to 2 points(18 possible) each for any successfully completed non-MLT requirement (9 courses - see degree plan - max of 18 points possible). 2 points per "A", 1 point per "B", 0.5 point per "C".
  4. 0.5 to 2 points for successful completion of MLAB 1201 - Intro to Clinical Lab Science. 2 points for an "A", 1 point for a "B", 0.5 points for a  “C”.
  5. 2 points (6 possible) for each TSI requirement complete (Math, Reading, Writing) - 6 total points possible.

Total Points possible (10 + 4 + 18 + 2 + 6) = 40 points. Students will be ranked. Interviews *may* be conducted if deemed necessary.

Interview score (if applicable) and initial score will be tallied and open positions in the MLT program will be offered according to total points earned (Number of students selected will vary each semester dependent on available positions).  
All documentation must be submitted on or before application deadline. Failure to submit required documentation will automatically disqualify student from the program for the current cycle.

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 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. Clinical placement will be determined by instructor and based upon availability of sites. The MLT program CANNOT guarantee clinical placement at any site as circumstances will vary (number of students, site requirements, site availability, etc.). A minimum of 320 hours of onsite clinical rotations are required. Students will be responsible for physical exam, drug screen, immunizations, and any other pre-clinical requirements (including costs) of the clinical site. Students that fail to complete these requirements within the first five (5) class days of the semester they are enrolled in the clinical course will subsequently be dropped from the clinical course and will net be allowed to attend clinicals that semester. Students will also be responsible for transportation to and from clinical site(s) and lodging (if required). Students will not be paid for their clinical hours. Students that are otherwise employed by their clinical 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 to this policy and all records of such are subject to review by Panola College and/or NAACLS.

Additionally, students will be required to complete CPR training and be 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. Felony charges are automatically disqualifying. Decisions on previous offenses are made on a case by case basis and the final decision will lie with the program director and/or the 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 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.