2008-2009 Florida Community College at Jacksonville Catalog
Medical Laboratory Technology (A.S.) (2220)
Associate in Science
Creating competent, ethical, confident entry–level health care practitioners committed to professional development through life–long learning in a positive, non–discriminatory and supportive learning environment.
Medical laboratory professionals have unlimited choices of practice settings: hospitals, reference laboratories, clinics, business and industry. Areas of scientific exploration open to students are the immune system, cell marker technology and cancer research. In the clinical area, drug testing, therapeutic drug monitoring and biogenetics are a few of the specialties with openings. For a qualified laboratory professional, the possibilities are as limitless as the imagination. Visit the Medical Lab Tech Career Network to view sample job opportunities and career resources.
For additional information about a rewarding career as a medical laboratory technician, write:
Board of Registry
American Society for Clinical Pathologists
P.O. Box 12270
Chicago, IL 60612
This limited access program, accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) at 8410 West Bryn Mawr Avenue, Suite 670, Chicago, Illinois 60631–3415, (773) 714-8880 enables graduates to sit for the national certification exams and to be licensed through the State of Florida, Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel, Department of Health. Students may be admitted each term. Students may find it difficult to work during the professional phase of the program due to clinical demands. Students will be expected to perform in a professional manner during the campus and clinical phases and must have excellent coordination skills.
Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in the medical laboratory courses and complete all campus-based courses with a grade point average of 2.0 or better before entering the clinical phase of their education. Placement in the clinical practicum phase of the program is on a space available basis; a GPA-ranked waiting list will determine placement should space become limited for reasons beyond the control of the program.
MLT 1022C Introduction to Health Technology must be completed or in progress prior to acceptance in the program. Exceptions can be made if the student already has a degree.
Expected Job Growth and Earnings
The number of jobs in this field is expected to grow by 19–37% through 2010, according to the Department of Labor. The average starting salary for day shift workers ranges from $28,000–37,000, while experienced workers can earn between $35,000–$47,000.
- Interview with the program director.
- Complete the program application.
- Enroll in MLT 1022C — Introduction to Health Technology.
- Submit recommendation from MLT 1022C instructor.
- Complete the Health Occupations Test (HOT).
A physical examination will be required upon acceptance to the program.
Prior to contact with patients or patient specimens, students must furnish proof of childhood immunizations and Hepatitis B immunization. Contact program director for additional information.
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Total Credit Hours: 76