Dear Prospective Applicant,
Thank you for your inquiry into the Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) program
located at the Jackson County Campus. Please review this information packet and if you
have any questions please contact the MLT program faculty (see contact information).
Peggy Caldwell, MA, MT(ASCP)
Program Director, Medical Laboratory Technology
The Medical Laboratory Technician is a vital member of the health care team, working
with physicians to provide quality patient care to prevent, detect and treat diseases. MLT
graduates of this 2 year program earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree and are
qualified to work in hospitals, medical clinics, research facilities, military service, public
health facilities, veterinarian labs, reference labs and pharmaceutical companies.
MLT 1013 Introduction to MLT I
MLT 1111 Fundamentals of MLT/Phlebotomy
ENG 1113 English Composition
PSY 1513 Psychology
MAT 1313 College Algebra
BIO 2514 Human Anatomy & Physiology I
MLT 1212 Urinalysis/Body Fluids
MLT 2512 Parasitology
CHE 1214 General Chemistry or CHE 1314 Principles of Chemistry
BIO 2924 Microbiology
MLT 1413 Immunology/Serology
Computer Related Elective*
MLT 1313 Hematology I
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective
SPT 1113 Public Speaking I
*Students must demonstrate computer competencies outlined in the specific
graduation requirements for an Associate of Applied Science Degree.
MLT 1023 Introduction to MLT II
MLT 1324 Hematology II
MLT 1515 Clinical Chemistry
MLT 2424 Immunohematology
MLT 2614 Pathogenic Microbiology
MLT 2916 Clinical Practice I
MLT 2926 Clinical Practice II
MLT 2711 MLT Seminar
MLT 2936 Clinical Practice III
MLT 2713 Certification Fundamentals for MLT
The Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) program at MGCCC, Jackson County
Campus is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory
Sciences (5600 N River Rd Suite 72D Rosemont, IL 60018. (773) 714-8880). Graduates
of this accredited program are eligible to sit for national certification examinations.
Acceptance into the Medical Laboratory Technology program (MLT) is competitive.
The program’s annual admission is based on the number of clinical affiliate slots.
Students seeking admission must complete all the following program requirements as
well as all admission requirements to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College,
Jackson County Campus.
1. Make application and be accepted to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.
Submit application to MGCCC at www.mgccc.edu . Application can be completed
2. Submit copies of official transcripts of all schools attended to the Office of
Admission. All transcripts must be reviewed by the Office of Admission for
determination of course credits.
3. Have a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 on college work. If no college
work has been completed, have a minimum GPA of 2.0 for core courses from high
4. Complete application to the Medical Laboratory Technology program and return to
the Allied Health secretary (H building room 117) or MLT program faculty member
no later than 2:00 p.m. the first Thursday in June.
5. Take the COMPASS (standardized test) administered at MGCCC prior to
6. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
7. Late applications may be considered depending upon the availability of openings.
It is the responsibility of all interested and applying students to:
Obtain and read pertinent and related information in the College Catalog
Make application and be accepted to MGCCC
File all high school and college transcripts with the MGCCC Office of
Admissions prior to 2:00 pm on the first Thursday in June
Contact the Career and Technical Counselor to review transfer credit for all
studies from colleges other than MGCCC
Student Selection Process
The Medical Laboratory Technology program has a limited capacity for both didactic and
clinical education courses. The program’s selection committee has the responsibility of
screening all qualified applicants for those persons deemed most likely to successfully
complete the program and enter the laboratory profession as a competent member of the
health care team. Selection for entrance into the program is competitive and based on:
45% Core GPA (based only on MLT curriculum courses)
15% Cumulative GPA
40% COMPASS Composite Score
Selected applicants will be notified by mail, including a deadline to accept or decline the
seat, deadline to submit the criminal background clear letter and the date and location of a
Applicants who are qualified but not accepted for admission because of seat limitations in
the class are placed in ranked order (according to the scoring system) on the alternate list.
Vacancies in the class are filled from the alternate list. Once the class roll is set for the
Fall semester, the alternate list is defunct. No carry-over exists from semester to
semester. Applicants must file a new application for each semester they wish to be
Substance Testing Policy
MGCCC Nursing and Allied Health Programs have a zero tolerance of illegal substance
use/abuse and misuse of legal substance. All Nursing and Allied Health students must
submit to substance testing each semester in accordance with the Substance Testing
Policy and Procedures for Associate Degree Nursing and Allied Health Programs. The
Nursing and Allied Health Program’s substance testing policy can be viewed on-line at
www.mgccc.edu/program_of _study/health_related_programs/. A copy can also be
obtained from the Program’s Administrative Office.
Criminal History Background Check Policy
Students selected for the MLT program will be required to provide an official cleared
background check letter.
MGCCC’s Criminal History Background Check Policy and facilities list can be viewed
on-line at www.mgccc.edu/programs_of_study/health_related_programs/. A copy can
also be obtained from the Program’s Administrative Office.
Compass Test Call 228 497-7706 to schedule.
Faculty in the MLT program have a responsibility for the welfare of students enrolled in
the program, for patients affected or treated by students in the program, and for staff
working in the program. Therefore, admission and retention decisions for the MLT
program are based not only on satisfactory academic achievement, but also on non-
academic factors that serve to ensure that candidates can complete the essential
requirements of the MLT program for graduation. Essential requirements, as
distinguished from academic standards, refer to those cognitive, physical, and behavior
abilities that are necessary for satisfactory completion of all aspects of the curriculum and
for the development of professional attributes required of students at graduation.
The MLT program has established the following list of minimum essential (non-
academic) requirements in compliance with the American Disabilities Act, and the
National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) that must be
met, with or without reasonable accommodations, in order to participate in the program
and graduate. All students are provided a Special Populations Survey during the first
week of Introduction to MLT I (MLT 1013) class. Students requiring special
accommodations will be referred to the campus Special Populations Coordinator and/or
Career and Technical Education Counselor.
If you do not possess, or have limitations in, the below abilities, the chances of your
successfully completing the MLT-AD program may be limited. These abilities are
based on minimal program task requirements and minimal entry-level
Vision/Observation Requirements: ability to read charts, graphs, instrument displays,
and the printed word, on paper or a computer monitor, distinguish gradients of colors,
interpret microscopic and macroscopic details. NOTE: Color blindness does not
necessarily preclude admission to the program.
Speech/Hearing/Communication Requirements: communicate effectively in written
and spoken Standard English in a manner that is understandable to instructors, fellow
students, patients, and other members of the health care team in person and by telephone;
write and transmit information clearly, accurately, and efficiently.
Motor Function Requirements: sufficient motor function to perform a variety of
routine laboratory testing, move freely and safely from one location to another in the
clinical laboratory, patient care areas, corridors, and elevator; sufficient upper body
muscle coordination to collect appropriate clinical specimens safely and accurately;
dexterity to manipulate tools, instruments, and small equipment, including keyboards or
other data input tools in a manner consistent with standards of clinical laboratory
practice; ability to travel to assigned clinical experience sites; lift and move objects of at
least 20 pounds.
Intellectual, Conceptual, Integrative and Quantitative Requirements: read and
understand textbooks, professional journals, and instrument manuals; read and follow
written and verbal instructions in Standard English; measure, calculate, reason, analyze,
evaluate and synthesize laboratory information/data.
Behavioral and Social Requirements: possess the emotional stability required to be
able to exercise good judgment in the lecture, laboratory, and clinical settings; work
under time constraints to complete tasks on time in a mature, sensitive, and effective
manner; work under both relaxed and stressful emergency situations, prioritize tasks,
work on at least two different tasks at one time make correct judgments with regards to
patient results; be flexible with scheduling and able to adapt to changing environments in
the laboratory; maintain alertness and concentration during a normal work period; work
safely with potential chemical, radiological, biological hazards using Standard
Precautions; meet attendance requirements; possess the physical and psychological health
requirements for full utilization of abilities; apply knowledge, skills, and values learned
from course work and life experience to new situations.
The following is a list of estimated MLT program costs that are in addition to standard
college tuition and fees.
Program Fees $728
Book purchase fees $200
Liability insurance $40
Uniforms, patches, shoes $200
Substance testing $360
Criminal background check $50
Physical exam & immunizations $300
Professional conference/certification $250
National Certification exam $185
Information about financial aid can be found in the College Catalog and on the College
website http://www.mgccc.edu/future_students/financial_aid/ Contact the campus
Financial Aid Office for eligibility requirements and applications procedures. After
acceptance into the program, MLT students may be eligible to receive national and local
MLT policies and procedures are subject to change. Written and/or published
notification is sufficient to effect changes. Admission criteria in effect at the time an
applicant submits an application will be used to determine that applicant’s admission
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT)? An MLT is a member of the
medical team who provides test results to medical providers to aid in the diagnosis,
treatment and monitoring of diseases.
Where do MLTs work? Places of employment include hospitals, physician office labs,
reference labs, research labs, pharmaceutical companies, veterinary labs and crime labs.
What are the salaries and job opportunities? National average salary median is
$36,500. Benefits offered may include sign on bonus and moving expenses. Future long
term employment looks bright. Job opportunities expected to increase faster than average
for all occupations.
What is the ranking compared to other jobs? Based on 6 core factors (work
environment, income, outlook, physical demands, security and stress), lab techs outrank
physical therapists, physician assistants, respiratory therapists and registered nurses. Ref
–Jobs Related Almanac by Krantz
How long will it take to graduate from the MLT program? The MLT program
requires a 24 month commitment from the student (summer semesters included).
Completion of the Medical Laboratory Technology program will result in the awarding of
an Associates of Science Degree.
How do I get into the program? Students are selected once per year. Application
packets must be submitted no later than 2pm on the first Thursday in June. MLT
application packets may be picked up in the first floor office in room H117 of the
Nursing and Allied Health building located on the Jackson County campus or contact
Peggy Caldwell (228) 497-7846 or Angie Nelson (228) 497-7709.
Are pre-requisites required? No, but you are encouraged to take basic academic
classes the summer prior to class entry in the fall to decrease your class load for the fall
and spring semesters.
What courses will I study? See the program curriculum in the college catalog or visit
Can I transfer to a senior college and get a Bachelor of Science (BS) in this field?
Yes, a Bachelors of Science Degree in medical technology allows you to advance to
become a Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS).
What if I have further questions? Contact Mrs. Caldwell (Peggy.Caldwell@mgccc.edu
228-497-7846) or Mrs. Nelson (Angie.Nelson@mgccc.edu 228-497-7709
For further information please contact MLT Program instructors.
Peggy Caldwell, MA., MT (ASCP)