An MLT performs clinical laboratory testing using analytical instruments to help doctor’s diagnosis, treat and prevent disease.
1. Submit a College application and obtain a student ID number.
2. Meet with the MLT Academic Success Coach (ASC) to complete the pre-clinical courses
a. General Biology I (Bio 11)
b. General Chemistry I (CHM 17) *
c. College Algebra with Trigonometry (MH 13) or Pre-Calculus (MTH 30) *.
d. English 110 or 111
*Courses require remediation or testing out. Speak with ASC for more information.
3. Set up an interview and submit a completed MLT program application to the Program Director in ME 513 prior to the Fall deadline (March 31) or Spring deadline (November 30). The MLT application and official transcripts will be evaluated to determine if the applicant meets the current MLT Program selection criteria. Applicants will be deemed ineligible if the admission requirements are not met.
In the past year, we generally admit between 20-24 students each semester. However, starting this spring of 2020, we will accept 16 students per spring semester and 32 students each fall semester based on a point system. See attached rubric.
To be admitted for the Fall semester, all MLT applications and interviews must be completed before March 31st. To be admitted for the spring semester, all MLT applications and interviews must be completed before November 30th.
We usually receive about 20-24 applications each semester for 24 spots in the program.
- The Academic Success Coach is Diana Martell, she is located in Meister Hall room 323. Appointments can be made via Starfish.
- Diane P. Banks is the Program Director and advise incoming and freshmen MLT students. She is located in Meister Hall room 513. Appointments can be made via https://bccmltadvisementschedule.setmore.com.
- Professor Allan Gilman is the MLT advisor for senior MLT students. His office is located in Meister Hall room 509.
A pre-MLT student is one who was accepted to the college as an MLT major but is still in the process of completing the pre-clinical courses such as: MTH 13/30, BIO 11/23, CHM 17/11 and ENG 110/111 and has not completed the MLT application process nor taken any MLT courses.
MLT students are those who completed the pre-clinical courses, submitted the MLT application and was accepted into the program to complete the MLT courses.
Can any of your prerequisites or program classes be substituted with other classes or work experience?
Typically, we substitute or accept transfer credits for the following courses:
- General Biology I & II or Anatomy & Physiology I & II
- College Algebra or Pre-Calculus/Calculus
- College English level 100
- General Chemistry I & II or Organic Chemistry I & II.
- Introduction to Art/Art History
- Introduction to Music/Music History
- Psychology level 100 or Sociology level 100
- Communication 11
- Medical Terminology
The program is typically 4 didactic semesters followed by a 15-week clinical internship at an assigned hospital. Those with existing transfer credits could reduce their course load up to 1 semester resulting in 3 didactic semesters plus the internship. Those who were grandfathered in to an MLT/MLS licensure prior to September 2013 may be eligible for a work experience waiver if they have 3 or more years of clinical laboratory experience as a technician plus the NYS licensure.
The introductory courses are offered Spring and Fall semester. However, the course capacity for the spring is 16 students and 32 for the fall.
MLT students must maintain a 2.00 grade point average for MLT courses each term, to maintain academic status in good standing. Failure to do so will result in the student being placed on Academic Probation. Additionally, MLT students are required to:
- Participate in all phases of the Program.
- Pass all core courses.
- Achieve a grade of C or higher in each of the Clinical Practice courses (MLT 81-89). Failure to do so will result in dismissal from the program.
Students are required to complete a 15-week, 500-hour clinical internship at an assigned clinical laboratory. Internship locations are assigned by the MLT Program Director. Before beginning the internship, students will be required to complete an MLT Internship Application for the MLT Program Director. Once assigned, the student will complete an interview with the clinical coordinator at the hospital, a criminal background check, ten-panel drug screen and provide proof of immunizations and a physical exam deeming the student eligible to complete the internship.
Working a full-time or part-time job is not advisable. However, those who work overnight, over the weekends or evening may keep their employment as long as it does not interfere with the internship. It is recommended that student take a leave of absence from work while completing their internship.
In most cases, yes, some hospital will take up to 1 student during the summer session. However, in order for the course to run at least 5 students must be registered and placed in a clinical internship before June 1st.
If I have a bachelor’s degree in Biology, Chemistry or Forensic Sciences to name a few, could I sit for the MLS (technologist) exam upon graduating BCC?
No, NYS changed the eligibility criteria in September 2013 that was put into effect in 2015. When students graduate from the BCC MLT program, regardless to whether they hold a bachelor’s degree, will be required to sit for the MLT (ASCP) exam for the NYS licensure. In order to sit for the technologist exam, one must graduate from an approved bachelor’s or master’s degree program in MLS.
You will be eligible to take the Medical Laboratory Technician exam through the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP). Once you pass, you will be certified through ASCP and earn the NYS licensure for technician.
Yes, all MLT students must purchase and wear a liquid resistant Lab coat while taking MLT courses in MLT classrooms.
The Clinical Internship course is an online course but the work is completed at the clinical site Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm or 8am-4pm. At this time, no other MLT courses are offered online.