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Medical Laboratory Technician

Image collage 1Medical Laboratory Technicians (MLT) is 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 healthcare team and contribute significantly to the delivery of quality healthcare. 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 manual dexterity and visual acuity (normal color vision).

The Medical Laboratory Technician program is a two-year program fully accredited by the
National Accrediting Agency of Clinical Laboratory Sciences. www.naacls.org.
The program prepares students for employment as technicians in hospital laboratories, Image Collage 2physicians’ 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.

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

  • Program application
    • Available in the Program Director’s office – Metro Campus, Suite 307 in February
  • Deadline for completion of application packet is April 30th.
  • Have completed twelve (12) credit hours at SUSLA prior to admission to the clinical program and supply the following:
    • College transcript(s)
    • Brief narrative of intent
    • Three (3) letters of reference
    • GPA of 2.5 or better
    • Specified prerequisite courses
    • Interview with the MLT Interview Committee

Applicants must be eighteen (18) years of age and be in sufficient mental and physical health to meet the minimum clinical performance standards. The standards are listed in the Admissions Packet. Admission into the program is predicated upon completion of prerequisites courses (with grade of “C” or higher) by the terminus of the spring semester of application.
An application for acceptance must be submitted along with three (3) 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 uniforms and supplies. (A mandatory entrance fee of $100.00 is due the first semester of clinicals.)
  • Students must be able to pass a Physician’s Physical Examination, present evidence of current immunizations, Hepatitis vaccination and TB screening prior to entering the clinical setting.
  • As mandated by the Program’s Clinical Affiliate, all clinical students are subject to criminal background checks and drug screening.
  • Students selected are required to maintain and demonstrate exceptional scholastic abilities at all times.
    If 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 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 America Medical Technology (AMT) examinations for certification.

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. Image collage 3

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Reasonable accommodations for persons with documented disabilities will be considered on an individual basis, but a candidate must be able to perform in an independent manner. There will be no discrimination in the selection of program participants based on race, creed, color, gender, age, marital status, national origin, or physical or mental disability, providing mandatory standards can be met.

For more information, contact:

Patricia Raphiel-Brown, Program Director

Maegan GuccioneClinical Coordinator

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