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2008-2009 Florida Community College at Jacksonville Catalog
Florida Community College at Jacksonville
  Mar 07, 2021
2008-2009 Florida Community College at Jacksonville Catalog 
2008-2009 Florida Community College at Jacksonville Catalog

Medical Laboratory Technology (A.S.) (2220)

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Associate in Science

Mission Statement

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.

The Career

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

The Program

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.

Application Procedure

  1. Interview with the program director.
  2. Complete the program application.
  3. Enroll in MLT 1022C — Introduction to Health Technology.
  4. Submit recommendation from MLT 1022C instructor.
  5. 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

General Education

Credit Hours: 16

Social and Behavioral Science Credit Hours: 3
    *Refer to A.S./A.A.S. degree General Education Requirements 
Humanitiies Credit Hours: 3
    *Refer to A.S./A.A.S. degree General Education Requirements 

Professional Courses

Credit Hours: 60


You may substitute BSC 2020C for BSC 2085C or CHM 1032C and CHM 2205C for CHM 1025C and CHM 2045C. 

Record of Conviction of a Crime

The Florida State Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel, in accordance with Florida Statutes, Chapter 483 will determine a MLT program graduate’s eligibility for licensure when there is an arrest/conviction record. Convicted felons who have not had their civil rights restored are not eligible for licensure in the profession of MLT in the state of Florida. Students should contact the MLT Department for information regarding Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel regulations.


Most clinical agencies require students to undergo drug screen and criminal background checks prior to placement in the agencies for clinical experiences. Students whose drug screening and criminal background checks are deemed unsatisfactory may be denied access to clinical experiences by the clinical agencies. Failure to qualify for and meet clinical requirements at clinical sites may prevent completion of the program. Withdrawal from the program may be necessary if students cannot be placed for clinical experiences.

The cost of the background check and drug screen is borne by the student. Additionally, it is the student’s responsibility to have all paperwork completed by the program’s published deadline.

Students who are unable to complete the clinical requirements after acceptance into selective access programs are not eligible for refunds of tuition.

University Transfer

This associate in science degree program is intended primarily for students who desire to complete an associate in science degree and become employed. Students who decide to pursue university transfer study must meet certain course and test requirements. For details refer to the university transfer guide.


This A.S. degree program articulates into a bachelor’s degree program. For more information, please visit the Transfer Services–FCCJ Majors Web page and look for your A.S. program of study.

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