Medical Laboratory Technology Frequently Asked Questions
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Medical Lab Tech FAQ
Question 1: What are the duties of a medical laboratory technician?
The medical laboratory technician performs analyses on blood and various body fluids to obtain data on which a diagnosis of health or disease is made. Generally, the major areas of the laboratory are: clinical chemistry, hematology, microbiology, and immunohematology (blood banking). Individuals who enjoy the basic sciences and who want to be part of the health care team, but who do not want much patient contact, should consider a career in medical technology. Characteristics of an individual considering this career include sound judgment, manual dexterity, accuracy, scientific curiosity, and attention to detail.
Question 2: Is there a selective admission process for the program?
Yes, due to the number of applicants and the limitation of clinical space. Students must apply by the application deadline and meet with the Program Director. It is recommended that you contact the Health Sciences Admissions and Advising Office at 433-7575, or Phaedra Williams (Program Director) for assistance with course planning and the admission process.
Question 3: How many people are selected each year?
There are twelve clinical slots for students in the hospital. However, there may be more students in the program at any one time because they begin the program in different semesters.
Question 4: What are the criteria for admission to the program?
Successful completion of the required general education courses (15 credits), plus a minimum of General Biology and General Chemistry I & 2. Please see the Application Procedure link for more details.
Question 5: Is an interview or orientation required?
Students are required to attend a program orientation prior to acceptance into the program. Students must bring a transcript with them to orientation. Letters will be sent to accepted students. Accepted students will then meet individually with the Program Manager to discuss registration.
Question 6: When will I know if I've been selected/accepted into the program?
After the application deadline, students are asked to meet with the Program Director and attend a new student orientation before they begin the program.
Question 7: When are students admitted to the program?
Spring term (January) and Fall term (August) are the preferred start dates.
Question 8: What is the length of the program?
The program encompasses four to six semesters of course work on campus, depending on articulation path (Fast Track or Traditional). All summer courses are online. All students will complete a final semester of clinical rotation.
Question 9: When do the MLT specific courses begin?
A student will be offered a semi-flexible plan for completion of coursework depending on the semester they enter the program. The guidelines for articulation will be presented during the MLT Orientation sessions.
Question 10: What courses should I take before being admitted to the program?
We require that you take General Biology and General Chemistry, as well as the general education courses, prior to acceptance into the program.
•General Biology and one other biology course that will transfer to an upper division university
•General Chemistry I AND General Chemistry II, to include labs.
•General Chem I & II enable students to sit for a State technologist license after obtaining a technician license.
•BSCC1426 Introduction to Biotechnology
(students with an earned Bachelor degree in Science may be eligible for substitution of this course). It is recommended that sciences be completed within 10 years of program acceptance.
•Social/Behavioral Science course
•Written Communication course
•Oral Communication course
•Algebra course (Gen. Chemistry has a math prerequisite)
Information about these courses is found in the EFSC catalog. All courses are offered at EFSC. Check the specific term class schedule to determine the section, times, dates, instructors, and campus locations. See a Health Science advisor for assistance with scheduling and planning.
Question 11: Will any of my previous college courses transfer to this program?
An accurate answer can be obtained once EFSC has an official copy of your transcript. Send an official copy of your transcripts to the EFSC Admissions Office and the MLT Department, and EFSC will evaluate your transcript and accept as many of your previous courses as possible. Remember, only courses completed with a grade of "C" or better are transferable.
Question 12: I am already a Phlebotomist. Will I qualify for a waiver of any MLT courses?
Yes, if you currently hold national-certification as a Phlebotomist. You will be awarded 3 credit hours towards the A.S. degree, as completion for the following online - MLT 1040 Laboratory Specimens and Microscopy.
Question 13: Can this curriculum further advance my education towards a baccalaureate degree?
Yes. Eastern Florida now offers a Baccalaureate of Applied Science in Biomedical Sciences/Biotechnology. This degree may be applied toward completion of that degree. Since the MLT student will have national certification and licensure to work as a Clinical Laboratory Technologist upon completion of this program, it is not necessary to embark upon a degree in Medical Laboratory Science.
Question 14: What time of the day are classes offered?
MLT classes are generally held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, except for clinical rotations which can be Monday through Friday. Science support courses and general education requirements may be taken during the evenings, on weekends, or possibly through televised or online courses. Refer to the EFSC class schedules for availability during a specific term.
Question 15: Must I take the courses in a certain sequence?
All MLT courses are offered either online or face-to-face on the Cocoa Campus, Tuesdays and Thursdays. The articulation sequence will offer semi-flexible options of 9-15 credits per term, depending on the articulation path taken. These courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better in order to progress within the program. Course registration each semester is done through the MLT Program Director and Health Sciences Campus advisor.
Question 16: What is the cost of the program?
Tuition is charged per credit hour. Refer to the current college catalog for cost information. Additional lab fees that vary with each course, liability insurance fees ($16/yr) and accident insurance are required ($10.50/yr).
If you do not have financial aid, you can apply for EFSC Scholarship monies through Scholarship Information. Our program may also be eligible for Brevard Workforce funding, if you qualify.
Question 17: Will I wear a uniform all the time?
Yes. Both a uniform and lab coat are required for clinical rotations and MLT lab courses. Required uniform consists of hunter green scrubs, lab coat (provided by the program), and a student ID badge.
Question 18: Is the program accredited?
Yes. The Medical Laboratory Technology program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences ( http://www.naacls.org ).
National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
5600 N. River Rd.
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119
Question 19: Can I re-enter the Clinical Laboratory Science Technology program if I withdraw?
Yes. Students who withdraw from the program should immediately contact the Program Manager to discuss their options for re-entry and the procedure. Proficiency students, re-admits and transfers from other programs are re-admitted as places are available. Formal withdrawal procedures must be followed.
Question 20: When can I expect to be employed?
Upon graduation, you will be eligible for a national certification exam. Upon passing this exam, you may apply for licensure from the State. Licensure is required for all laboratory workers in the state of Florida.
Question 21: How can I decide if Medical Laboratory Technician is the career for me?
Medical laboratory technicians are professionals who are critical thinkers, working in many settings. You should have a love for science, want to work in the medical field but not necessarily always work with patients. The rigorous educational background that is required for a license becomes your future foundation. As an MLT, you can enjoy the rewards of helping others and maximize your potential as a health team member. You can make a difference! Many students who have BS degrees in biology, microbiology and chemistry find that their employment opportunities are limited in Brevard County. However, a med tech can find employment anywhere there are hospitals and laboratories associated with doctors' groups. For more information, please consider the following options:
- Write to the American Society of Clinical Pathologists to obtain available literature.
American Society of Clinical Pathologists
2100 West Harrison Street
Chicago, Illinois 60612-3798
- Visit web sites to seek information on medical laboratory technology topics:
ASCP - http://www.ascp.org
- Make an appointment to talk with an MLT student and /or an MLT instructor (321)632-1111 ext 7748.
- Spend time "shadowing" an MLT in a local hospital.
- Work in a hospital as a phlebotomist to gain a better understanding of the hospital/lab environment.
- Talk with family members or friends who are part of the health care team.