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Medical Laboratory Technician Program

Associate in Science -  Medical Laboratory Technician Department

The information below applies to students entering the program in fall 2017 and spring 2018. For the most accurate program requirements for your catalog year, please log in to BHCC Self Service to review your specific program requirements. Any questions? Prospective students should go to bhcc.edu/admissions and contact an admissions counselor. Current students should stop by or contact the LifeMap Commons on the Charlestown Campus - E-Building, Room E-235; Phone 617-228-2230 or email academicadvising@bhcc.mass.edu from your BHCC email.
Course Title Course Number Semester Taken Credits Prerequisites
Prerequisite Courses:
College Writing I ENG111 3 ENG095 and ESL098 or RDG095 or Placement
Statistics I MAT181 satisfies Area 4 3 MAT097 or MAT098 or Placement
Anatomy and Physiology I BIO203 4 BIO105, BIO108 or BIO195
Anatomy and Physiology II BIO204 4 BIO203
Microbiology & Lab BIO205 4 BIO204 or BIO195
Principles of Inorganic Chemistry & Lab CHM120 4 ENG095 and RDG095 or ESL098 and MAT093 or Placement
Principles of Organic and Biochemistry & Lab CHM121 4 CHM120
PROGRAM CURRICULUM:
College Writing II ENG112 3 ENG111
Principles of Psychology PSY101 satisfies Area 2 3 ESL098 or RDG095 or Placement
World View From Area 3 3
Intro to Medical Laboratory Science and Urinalysis MLT101 (fall only) Semester I 4 Admission to program
Immunology and Serology MLT213 (fall only) Semester I 4 Admission to program
Medical Microbiology and Lab MLT212 (spring only) Semester II 4 MLT101 and MLT213
Hematology and Hemostasis MLT211 (spring only) Semester II 4 MLT101, MLT213
Immunohematology MLT241 (spring only) Semester II 4 MLT101 and MLT213
Clinical Chemistry MLT242 (summer only) Semester III 4 MLT101, MLT213, MLT212, MLT241, MLT211
Clinical Laboratory Science Practicum MLT251 (fall only) Semester IV 12 All MLT courses
Total Credits 71
Last Modified Date: April 5, 2017

Additional Information

This is a selective program. View Medical Laboratory Technician Program Selective Program Application and Instructions

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For this program, students must earn a numerical grade of 80 or higher in all Medical Laboratory Technician courses. Either failure to meet clinical objectives or failure to obtain a numerical course grade of 80 or better in all MLT courses constitutes failure in that course. Students may apply for readmission to the program.

All Medical Laboratory Technician students are required to: undergo a physical examination, complete the necessary immunization forms, including a three (3) dose Hepatitis B immunization series; carry malpractice and health insurance; and undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check and a Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check.

Prerequisites for the Medical Laboratory Technician Program

  • BHCC admissions application completed with documentation of high school diploma or GED certificate
  • In- State Tuition Eligibility Form with one (1) form of citizenship documentation and two (2) forms of Massachusetts residency documentation
  • Attach a copy of MANDATORY information session confirmation
  • Achieve a reading level of 10th grade or higher on the College Placement Test (CPT)
  • Complete the following courses with a grade C or better:
    • Statistics (MAT 181)
    • College Writing I (ENG 111)
    • BIO 203, Anatomy and Physiology I /Lab with a grade of C or better. (Credits for Anatomy and Physiology I/Lab that were earned more than five (5) years prior to enrollment in the Medical Laboratory Technician program are not accepted)
    • BIO 204, Anatomy and Physiology II /Lab with a grade of C or better. (Credits for Anatomy and Physiology I I/Lab that were earned more than five (5) years prior to enrollment in the Medical Laboratory Technician Program are not accepted)
    • BIO 205, Microbiology/Lab with a grade of C or better. (Credits for Microbiology /Lab that were earned more than five (5) years prior to enrollment in the Medical Laboratory Technician Program are not accepted)
    • CHM 120, Principles of Inorganic Chemistry/Lab
    • CHM 121, Principles of Inorganic Chemistry & Biochemistry/Lab

Program Overview

This program prepares students through lectures, laboratory activities and hospital-based clinical experience to become Medical Laboratory Technicians. Students will acquire the skills and knowledge essential to working in a medical laboratory and performing tests that aid in the diagnosis and treatment of disease and the maintenance of health.

Criminal Offender Record Information and Sex Offender Registry Information Checks

As a prerequisite for a clinical placement in the Medical Laboratory Technician program, all students must undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check and a Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check. These checks are required due to potential unsupervised contact with children, the disabled, or the elderly during a clinical experience. Students found to have certain criminal convictions or pending criminal actions will be presumed ineligible for clinical placement. The College is authorized by the Commonwealth’s Department of Criminal Justice Information Services, pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6, Sections 167-178B, to access CORI records. Sex Offender checks shall be performed pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6, Sections 178C-178P.

For more information regarding the College’s CORI/SORI check process, please contact the College CORI/SORI Officer at 617-228-2193.

Career Outlook

Graduates of this program are eligible to take the CLT/MLT certification exam administered by the American Society of Clinical Pathology. Graduates are then qualified for employment in hospitals, clinics and health maintenance organizations.

Program Accreditation

Graduates have a 100% completion rate, an 86% pass rate on certification exams and a 100% employment rate. Students successfully completing the program are eligible to take the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) certification examination. The Program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS), 5600 North River Rd. Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018, telephone 773-714-8880. Graduates of the Program are eligible to take national certification

Upon Completion of this Concentration Graduates will be able to:

  • Collect and prepare clinical specimens for analysis.
  • Operate laboratory instruments. 
  • Prepare a variety of diagnostic analyses according to prescribed methodology. 
  • Relate test results to other patient information to the extent required for understanding the analyses.