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Medical Laboratory Technician

Medical Laboratory Technicians (MLT), are health-care professionals skilled in the performance of laboratory procedures, which aid in the diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, and maintenance of the health of the patient. They perform a variety of procedures using intricate and sophisticated instrumentation. As a component of the profession of Medical Laboratory Technicians [also known as Clinical Laboratory Science (CLS)], MLTs are vital members of the health-care team and contribute significantly to the delivery of quality health care. With the influx of new laboratory procedures, knowledge, and instrumentation, there is an increasing need for MLTs. The student contemplating the profession should possess such personal attributes as interest in the sciences, self-motivation, dedication, discipline, a strong desire to help people, and must have high moral, academic and ethical standards. Technical standards include, but are not limited to: manual dexterity and visual acuity (normal color vision).  More information on Technical Standards and Essential Functions can be found here.

The Medical Laboratory Technician program is a two-year program fully accredited by the National Accrediting Agency of Clinical Laboratory Sciences, 8410 West Bryn Mawr, Suite 670, Chicago, Illinois, phone number (773) 714-8880, Fax number (773) 714-8886. The program prepares students for employment as technicians in hospital laboratories, physicians' offices, and other types of clinical laboratory facilities. The curriculum is designed to develop well-rounded individuals and is not limited to the technical skills of the profession. Courses are intended to develop the educational, cultural and social needs of the student. Courses are provided in the natural sciences, behavioral sciences, liberal arts and in the clinical laboratory sciences (which include a clinical practicum at area hospital laboratories). Faculty of Southern University at Shreveport work closely with the affiliated hospitals to ensure the quality and standards of education are maintained.

Admission into the program is competitive and based on selected entrance criteria:

  • Program application
  • College transcript(s)
  • Brief narrative of intent
  • Three (3) letters of reference
  • GPA of 2.5 or better
  • Specified prerequisite courses
  • Entrance examination
  • Interview with MLT interview committee

Completion of the following prerequisite courses by the termination of the spring semester during which application is made to the medical laboratory technician program with a grade of "C" or better:

Course No. Course Name Semester Credit Hours
FROR 110 Freshman Orientation 1
BIOL 200 General Microbiology 4
CMPS 101 Computer Concepts 3
BIOL 220 Human Anatomy and Physiology Lecture & Laboratory I 4
BIOL 222 Human Anatomy and Physiology Lecture & Laboratory II 4
CHEM 130 General Chemistry 4
MLTC 101 Introduction to Clinical Laboratory Science 3
PSYC 210 General Psychology 3

An application for acceptance must be submitted along with three letters of recommendation. It is the student's responsibility to complete the application before he/she will be considered for entrance into the clinical program. Students selected for entry will be chosen by an interview panel composed of Allied Health Faculty and clinical laboratory scientists from local clinical affiliations. The number of students selected for the clinical program is predicated upon the number of clinical spaces available.

Upon admission, students are required to purchase malpractice insurance and supplies ~ thus an entrance fee of $60.00. Students selected are required to maintain and demonstrate exceptional scholastic abilities at all times. Provided a student makes a final grade of a "D" or "F" in any of the professional courses, he/she will not be able to continue in the program the following semester. Upon successful completion of course work, clinical competency examinations, and a final comprehensive exit examination, Southern University at Shreveport will grant an associate of applied science degree in Medical Laboratory Technology. The student is then eligible to sit for the American Society for Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) and/or the National Certification Agency (NCA) nation registry examinations for certification.

For more information, contact:

Patricia Raphael-Brown


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