Medical Laboratory Technology Program

The Medical Laboratory Technology Program is an essential member of the health care team, performing laboratory tests used in the diagnosis, treatment and prognosis of disease, and the maintenance of health.

Professionals in this field are described as being investigative, problem solvers, science-minded, and dedicated. They are the health care team's microbiologists, blood bankers, and chemists.

The Medical Laboratory Technology Program provides the general education core, sciences, and clinical laboratory education courses necessary for career-entry preparation.


It is the mission of the Medical Laboratory Technician Program to provide well trained, professional, knowledgeable and competent Medical Laboratory Technicians to serve the healthcare community and public at large.


1.  To educate and train students to perform as knowledgeable and competent medical laboratory technicians.

2.  Graduates will demonstrate the ability to comprehend, apply, and evaluate clinical information relevant to their role as a Medical Laboratory Technician.

3.  Graduates will demonstrate entry-level technical competency in all skills necessary to fulfill their role as a Medical Laboratory Technician.

4.  Graduates will demonstrate personal behaviors consistent with professional and employer expectations of a Medical Laboratory Technician.

5.  Graduates will possess the necessary knowledge to pass their certification exam and meet the criteria for licensure established by the Tennessee Medical Laboratory Board.

6.  The program will provide knowledge and skills to enable graduates to render both professional and personal services to the patient, physicians, coworkers, other laboratory professionals, and community.


Accreditation of this program has been granted through"

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
5600 N River Rd
Suite 720
Rosemont, IL  60018
(773) 714-8880


The MLT program measures its effectiveness through several coutcomes.

Enrollment Requirements

Admission to the program is limited and on a competitive basis. Application deadline is March 15th of each year. Class selection is completed in April from applicants who complete all prerequisites and most of the General Education courses by the end of the Spring Semester with a cumulative GPA of 2.2 or higher. Once students are admitted to the program in April, three consecutive semesters of intensive full-time study beginning in May are required for graduation.

Program graduates are eligible to take national certification examinations and make application for Tennesseeblicensure as Medical Laboratory Technicians.

Student Background Check & Drug Screening

Effective September 1, 2005, students seeking enrollment in designated Health Sciences programs requiring participation in clinical training in area hospitals and related clinics/agencies must provide evidence of a passing score on a background check prior to official acceptance/enrollment into the respective program. Either the failure to provide the required background check results by the due date established or the receipt of anything other than a passing score on the background check will make a student ineligible for enrollment in the respective program. Background checks are performed at the student's expense. Find more detailed information about Student Background Checks.

Drug Screening

Students seeking enrollment in the Health Sciences Programs requiring participation in clinical training in area hospitals and related clinics must provide evidence of having passed a 10-panel urine drug screen prior to official acceptance/enrollment in the Program.  Find out more information about the screening procedures and locations.

Degree Advancement Program Agreement with MTSU

MTSU and Volunteer State Community College have developed an AAS-to-BS program to allow students who earn an Associate of Applied Science in Medical Laboratory Technology at Volunteer State Community College to transfer the majority of those credits to MTSU toward the completion of a Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies with a concentration in Organizational Leadership. This degree is offered through MTSU's University College in cooperation with the Tennessee Board of Regents.

MTSU provides a wealth of information about Degree Advancement Program on their website; including an information sheet about Medical Laboratory Technology.

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