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Medical laboratory technicians play an important role in the practice of modern medicine. They perform diagnostic procedures in the health care setting, such as chemical analysis of body fluids, classification of blood cells, identification of disease producing microorganisms, and the selection of compatible donor blood for transfusion. The Medical Laboratory Technology Associate Degree program is designed to prepare graduates to perform laboratory procedures in a variety of settings. Career and employment opportunities include hospitals, research and reference laboratories, public health and veterinary facilities, and environmental and quality assurance laboratories. Graduates may also pursue careers in marketing, sales and customer service.

The first four semesters of the Medical Laboratory program provide the students with entry-level knowledge and skills in clinical chemistry, clinical microbiology, hematology, immunohematology, immunology, and phlebotomy in a classroom laboratory setting. This training is enriched during the fifth semester of the program when students have the opportunity to apply their previously acquired knowledge and skills in an actual working environment. Affiliated hospital and private laboratories located within our service district of approximately 60-miles around Columbus will be utilized for this clinical practicum experience.

Students who successfully complete the program are eligible to take the certification examination administered by the Board of Certification of the American Society for Clinical Pathology and become a certified MLT (ASCP). With additional education and/ or technical experience, graduates may also advance in the field to become a Medical Laboratory Scientist, research specialist, manager or educator.

The Medical Laboratory Technology program at Columbus State is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) at 5600 N. River Rd, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119, telephone 773-714-8880. The program has produced over 800 graduates in the past 35 years who have consistently met or exceeded the national average on credentialing examinations.

The Medical Laboratory Technology program delivers all program technical lecture courses in a web-based format (online) and the technical laboratories are offered face-to-face in the campus laboratories located in Union Hall.

Medical Laboratory Technology

Upon completion of the Associate Degree in Medical Laboratory Technology, the graduate will be able to demonstrate entry-level competencies in the following areas of professional practice:

  • Pre-analytical, analytical, and post-analytical processes in all disciplines of the clinical laboratory
  • Theoretical knowledge needed to assure accuracy and validity of test results by clinical correlation and quality control performance
  • Professional attitudes and behaviors which are necessary for
    gaining and maintaining the confidence of the health care community
  • Meeting the requirements to take a national certifying examination for Medical Laboratory Technicians.

Specific Program Admission Information

Listed below are requirements for conditional admission to the Medical Laboratory Technology:

  • Submit an online application for the MLT Program by using the program website: Deadline for submission is December 15.
  • Attend a mandatory MLT Program Information Session.
  • Completion of all MLT prerequisite courses by the end of the Autumn Semester prior to the summer admission date.
  • Placement into CHEM 1113
  • Placement into BIO 2215
  • Placement into STAT 1350
  • Placement into English 1100
  • Placement into No Reading Required: All applicants, except those with a bachelor's degree or higher, from accredited US colleges, or associates degrees from accredited Ohio colleges, must take the Reading Placement Test.
  • Total grade point average of 2.5 or higher at CSCC or the school or college most recently attended (high school, vocational program, two-year or four-year higher education institution). If less than 12 credits have been completed at CSCC, the GPA from the most recently attended learning institution will be used for program admission purposes.
  • Student cumulative GPAs from the Autumn Semester will be used for the ranking and selection of applicants.
  • Acceptance is conditional on submission and clearance of student background check and drug screening.
  • Students may be required to complete a Basic Entrance Exam.

Clinical Laboratory Assisting Certificate

The CLA Certificate program may be completed individually, maybe taken as part of the Medical Laboratory Technology Associate of Applied Science Degree program, and may fulfill one of the certificate requirements for the Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Multi-Skilled Health.

Upon completion of the certificate in Clinical Laboratory Assisting, the graduate will be able to:

  • Prepare blood and body fluid specimens for analysis according to clinical laboratory industry standards
  • Prepare reagents, standards, and control materials for analysis according to clinical laboratory industry standards
  • Populate patient data into the Laboratory Information System (LIS) with accuracy
  • Demonstrate safety practices consistent with clinical laboratory industry standards
  • Perform waived laboratory testing with accuracy and precision and correlate with clinical conditions.

Specific Program Admission Information

Listed below are requirements for admission to the Clinical Laboratory Assisting Certificate program:

A. Placement into NO READING REQUIRED.

B. Completion of BIO 0100 or higher (with a grade of "C" or higher) or placement equivalent.

C. Placement into ENGL 1100.

Medical Laboratory Technology Associate Degree

Semester 1 (Summer) . .
MLT 1100 Basic Concepts in Health Care 2
MLT 1112 Lab Theory for Health Industries 2
MLT 1113 Lab Techniques for Health Industries 1
HIMT 1274 Intro to Medical Coding and Reimbursement 2
COLS 1100 First Year Experience Seminar 1
BIO 1101 Fundamentals of Anatomy & Physiology 3
MULT 1916 Venipuncture for Health Care Providers 2
Semester 2 . .
MLT 1110 Intro to MLT Lecture 1
MLT 1111 Intro to MLT Lab 1
BIO 2215 General Microbiology 4
MLT 1120 Hematology I Lecture 2
MLT 1121 Hematology I Lab 2
MLT 1140 Clinical Chemistry Lecture 1
MLT 1141 Clinical Chemistry Lab 1
CHEM 1113 Elements of Organic Biochemistry 4
Semester 3 . .
MLT 2260 Clinical Microbiology Lecture 3
MLT 2261 Clinical Microbiology Lab 3
MLT 2250 Body Fluids Lecture 2
MLT 2251 Body Fluids Lab 1
MLT 1130 Immunology Lecture 1
MLT 1131 Immunology Lab 1
ENGL 1100 Composition I 3
Semester 4 . .
MLT 2270 Immunohematology Lecture 2
MLT 2271 Immunohematology Lab 2
MLT 2290 Medical Lab Case Correlations 1
MLT 2280 Hematology II Lecture 1
MLT 2281 Hematology II Lab 1
SBS XXXX Refer to approved GE - SBS list 3
STAT 1350 Elementary Statistics 3
Semester 5 . .
MLT 2900 MLT Clinical Practicum 2
MLT 2800 MLT Clinical Seminar 1
HUM XXXX Refer to approved GE-HUM list 3
COMM 2200 Business Communication 3

Approved General Education (GE) List


ANTH 2202 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3
ECON 2200 Principles of Microeconomics 3
GEOG 2400 Economic and Social Geography 3
POLS 1100 American Government 3
PSY 1100 Introduction to Psychology 3
SOC 1101 Introduction to Sociology 3


ARCH 2100 History of Architecture 3
HART 1201 History of Art I 3
HART 1202 History of Art II 3
HIST 1111 European History to 1648 3
HIST 1112 European History since 1648 3
HIST 1151 American History to 1877 3
HIST 1152 American History since 1877 3
HIST 1181 World Civ. I: Non-Western/Non-Amer to 1500 3
HIST 1182 World Civ. II: Non-Western/Non-Amer since 1500 3
HIST 2223 African-American History I: 1451-1876 3
HIST 2224 African-American History II: 1877-Present 3
HUM 1100 Introduction to Humanities 3
HUM 1270 Comparative Religions 3
MUS 1251 Survey of Music History 3
PHIL 1101 Introduction to Philosophy 3
PHIL 1130 Ethics 3

Clinical Laboratory Assisting Certificate

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Semester 1 . .
MLT 1100 Basic Concepts in Health Care 2
HIMT 1274 Introduction to Medical Coding & Reimbursement 2
MLT 1112 Lab Theory for Health Industries 2
MLT 1113 Lab Techniques for Health Industries 1