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The Medical Technology Department is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS *). It offers an Associate Degree in Applied Science (A.A.S.)which prepares the student for a career as a medical laboratory technician.

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

 

Overview:
The Middlesex County College Medical Laboratory/Clinical Laboratory Technician program prepares students to enter a growing job market in clinical testing. Students are working in areas such as hospital laboratories, research companies, private laboratories, and doctors' offices.

Information about this exciting career is also available at the following websites:

American Society of Clinical Pathologists
American Society of Clinical Laboratory Scientists
Information on Clinical Laboratory Careers in New Jersey

After completion of the required course work at Middlesex County College, which includes practical experience, students are eligible to take a certification exam either through the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) or the National Certification Agency for Medical Laboratory Personnel (NCA). The American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Registry (BOR) and the National Credentialing Agency for Laboratory Personnel (NCA) signed an agreement forming a single certification agency for medical laboratory professionals on July 21, 2009. The agency will be called the ASCP Board of Certification (BOC), and the agreement is effective at the end of October. As more information becomes available about this change it will be posted.

 

Application Requirements:
This accredited program offers academic and clinical training to qualified students who wish to pursue a laboratory career and meet the following entrance requirements:

 

  • Completed Middlesex County College application by the specified date
  • Official high school transcripts and Official college transcript(s), if applicable
  • Completion of high school Biology and Chemistry (both with lab), and Algebra I with at least a grade of C
  • Completion of the College Placement Test (and ESL testing, if applicable)


A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 must be maintained before the practicum begins. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the hospital practicum site. The Medical Laboratory Technician Program's "Technical Standards" represent the essential non-academic requirements of the program that students must master to participate successfully in the program and become employable. The following is a list of the technical abilities and skills applicants for admission into Medical Laboratory Technology courses must possess:

  • Manual Dexterity: ability to use small and large devices with coordination.
  • Fine Motor: ability to manipulate small objects.
  • Mobility: ability to maneuver in the laboratory, around in the laboratory, around instruments and in patient-care settings.
  • Vision: ability to distinguish colors, clear from cloudy and visualize objects through a microscope.
  • Hearing: ability to adapt with assistive devices (i.e., phone receivers, hearing aid, etc.)
  • Speech & Writing: ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in written form in English.
  • Reading: ability to read, understand, and follow directions printed in English.
  • The Medical Laboratory Technology program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont IL 60018


Completion of the courses listed is required for your degree. Please refer to the current Middlesex County College catalog for course descriptions as well as course pre-requisites and/or co-requisites.

MLT Program Mission: The Medical Laboratory Technology program’s mission is to prepare qualified students as clinical laboratory technicians to service the needs of the health care testing laboratories in our community.

MLT Program Goal: Serve all interested students with completed entrance pre-requisites who wish to pursue a career in Medical Laboratory Technology, with or without the intention of completing a bachelor’s degree.