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Medical Laboratory Technician


The Medical Laboratory Technician curriculum prepares students for positions as technicians in hospital laboratories, physician offices, pharmaceutical companies, private laboratories or other types of clinical laboratory facilities.

Under appropriate supervision, technicians perform clinical laboratory procedures in chemistry, blood banking, microbiology, immunology, hematology, coagulation and other areas of the clinical laboratory, developing data used by a physician to determine the presence and extent of disease, as well as monitoring the patient’s treatment.

The student will spend time in clinical laboratories during their course of study to become familiar with the instrumentation, workload and day-to-day operations of the clinical laboratory.


The Medical Laboratory Technician program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).* Graduates of the MLT curriculum are eligible to take the "MLT" ASCP Board of Certification Exam.

* 5600 N. River Road
Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this program graduates will be able to:

  • Collect biological samples safely and according to standard operating procedures
  • Analyze biological samples safely and according to standard operating procedures
  • Demonstrate a broad knowledge of basic laboratory tests for all lab departments in preparation for a certification exam
  • Apply professional and ethical behaviors in the clinical laboratory setting 
  • Use problem solving skills to integrate laboratory data for patient diagnosis.

Program Entry Requirements:

Admission is selective and requires that potential students fulfill all College admission requirements. Applicants for the program must have:

  1. Minimum grade point average of 2.25
  2. High school diploma or general education diploma (GED).
  3. A minimum of one year of high school biology and chemistry or their applicable equivalents within the last 10 years with a grade of “C” or better.
  4. Applicants must demonstrate readiness for English 101 and FMNT 118 as determined by the College’s placement tests or by successfully completing identified developmental course work.
  5. Results of a physical examination, TB tests and immunizations must be on file prior to beginning any Clinical Laboratory Technician classes. Health problems which would interfere with the applicant’s ability to meet program objectives will be dealt with on an individual basis.
  6. Second year students must receive a second TB test prior to the start of their second year in the program.
  7. All students must show proof of health insurance prior to the start of each semester.
  8. Applicants must obtain a Criminal Record Check and a Child Abuse Clearance prior to entering the program.

The following guidelines are used in making decisions about an applicant’s criminal and child abuse background:

Child Abuse Clearance:

  • Any record results in denial of admission into the MLT program.

Criminal Background Check:

  • Any felony conviction within the past 10 years results in denial of admission to the MLT program.
  • Any felony conviction more than 10 years old will be evaluated based on the nature of the offense, length of time since the offense and any explanatory letters/materials submitted by the applicant or student.
  • Any misdemeanor will be evaluated based on the nature of the offense, length of time since the offense, and explanatory letter/materials submitted by the applicant or students. (Any punishment over one year indicates a felony according to federal sentencing guidelines.)


An applicant who believes that an error of fact has been made in terms of the information provided to the decision making committee can request reconsideration by the committee. This request must be made in writing within ten days from the date of the letter notifying the applicant of the decision. The reconsideration should address what the applicant considers to be errors of fact.

Following reconsideration by the decision making committee, the applicant can appeal the committee’s decision to the Vice President for Academic and Student Success, whose decision is final. Any official change or the initiation of any governmental proceeding affecting the information revealed by the required criminal or child abuse background check must be reported immediately to the MLT curriculum coordinator.

Drug Screening:

The MLT program requires participation in clinical education. Some clinical affiliates of the MLT program require evidence of a negative drug screening test in order for a student to participate in the clinical part of the clinical laboratory program at their facility. Therefore, any student with a positive drug screening test cannot be admitted into the MLT program.

Involvement in any incident which resulted in a disciplinary action against a student at Community College of Philadelphia or any post-secondary institution is considered in the admissions process. The MLT program reserves the right to deny admission to any applicant who has a history of violating College rules and regulations or who has been previously suspended or expelled from the College or any other post-secondary educational institution.

Additional expenses for students in the program include travel to clinical facilities, purchase of uniforms, shoes, laboratory coats, required textbooks, a physical examination and inoculations.

To remain in the program, students must earn a grade of “C” or better in each professional course and in each science course. All general science prerequisites must be completed prior to entering the second year of the program.

A student in the Clinical Laboratory Technician program whose skills, attitude and behavior are viewed as inconsistent with professional standards may be dropped from the program by the program director.

Students dropped from the program because of academic deficiencies will be considered for a second admission to the program after remediation of the deficiencies and recommendation of the MLT faculty. Students may be readmitted to the program only once. Part-time students must complete the program within five years of their initial enrollment.

Program of Study and Graduation Requirements: To qualify for the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree as a clinical laboratory technician, a student must complete 63 credit hours as prescribed, attain a grade point average of 2.0 or better, and earn no grade below “C” in any required course for the curriculum.

Medical Laboratory Technician Course Sequence

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.

First Semester

MLT 102 - Phlebotomy   4  
ENGL 101 - English Composition I   3 ENGL 101
BIOL 108 - Fundamentals of Human Anatomy and Physiology or BIOL 109 and BIOL 110 - Anatomy and Physiology1 For BIOL 108, FNMT 118
For BIOL 109, BIOL 106 or high school biology and chemistry within 10 years
For BIOL 110, BIOL 109 with a “C” or better
4/8 Natural Science
FNMT 118 - Intermediate Algebra   3 Mathematics
CHEM 110 - Introductory Chemistry
CHEM 121 - College Chemistry I
 For CHEM 121, CHEM 110 with a "C" or better and FNMT 118 4  

Second Semester

CIS 103 - Applied Computer Technology   3 Tech Comp
MLT 155 - Clinical Hematology BIOL 108 or BIOL 110 which may be concurrently and MLT 102, which may be taken concurrently 4  
ENGL 102 - The Research Paper ENGL 101 with a grade of “C” or better 3 ENGL 102, Info Lit
CHEM 118 - Intro to Biochemistry
CHEM 122 - College Chemistry II

For CHEM 118, CHEM 101, CHEM 110 or CHEM 121 with a grade of "C" or better

For CHEM 122, CHEM 110 with a "C" or better and FNMT 118 and CHEM 121 with grade of “C” or better

BIOL 241 - Principles of Microbiology BIOL 106 or BIOL 108 or BIOL 109 or BIOL 123 with a "C" or better 4  

Summer Session I

MLT 205 - Immunohematology and Immunology BIOL 108 or BIOL 109 and BIOL 110 and MLT 155 4  

Third Semester

MLT 225 - Clinical Chemistry BIOL 108 or BIOL 110,
CHEM 110 and CHEM 118 or CHEM 121 and CHEM 122, CLT 155
MLT 205 
MLT 245 - Clinical Microbiology BIOL 241, CHEM 110 and CHEM 118 or CHEM 121 and CHEM 122
MLT 205 
SOC 101- Introduction to Sociology or GEOG 103 - Introduction to Human Geography   3

Social Science
Interpretive Studies
Writing Intensive
American/Global Diversity

Fourth Semester

HUM 101 or HUM 102 - Cultural Traditions or Foreign Language   For HUM 101 and HUM 102, ENGL 101, which may be taken concurrently 3

American/Global Diversity

MLT 265 - Current Topics in Clinical Lab Sciences MLT 225 and MLT 245 3  
MLT 295 - Clinical Practice MLT 225 and MLT 245 and MLT 265, which may be taken concurrently 6  

Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate: 63

General Education Requirements:

All general education requirements necessary for graduation are met through the courses in the program as indicated above. Students who wish to take courses that differ from the general education courses indicated above must consult with an advisor or counselor before registering. A more detailed explanation of the College’s general education requirements appear at http://ccp.edu/college-catalog/degree-requirements.

1 Students in this program must take either BIOL 108 or both BIOL 109 & BIOL 110. Students who choose the two-semester 109 & 110 sequence should take BIOL 241 in the summer between the second and third semester.

Phlebotomy Certificate Program

CLT 102 - Phlebotomy is a one-semester course that includes two hours of lecture, three hours of student lab and eight hours of clinical rotation per week in a hospital laboratory or outpatient facility. The program is approved by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).* Students who successfully complete the program are eligible to take the PBT (ASCP) Certification exam.

Admission requirements are:

  1. High school diploma or general education diploma (GED).
  2. English 101 and FNMT 017 placement.
  3. Results of a physical examination, immunizations, including Hepatitis B and a current PPD test.
  4. Verification of medical insurance is mandatory.
  5. The student must present a negative criminal record check, child abuse clearance and drug screening prior to entering the program.

Students are not required to take the certification exam to receive the Phlebotomy Certificate.

* 5600 N. River Road
Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018

For More Information Contact:

The Division of Math, Science and Health Careers, Room W2-7, 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130, Telephone (215) 751-8430; or the College Information Center (215) 751 8010.