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Medical Laboratory Technician


The Medical Laboratory Technician program will provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to work in the medical laboratory performing diagnostic tests to help physicians detect, diagnose, and treat disease. Students must have a strong background in chemistry, biology and math. Technicians must learn to work with microscopes, computers, and instruments on body fluids, tissues and cells. Technicians are employed in hospital laboratories, clinics, doctors’ offices, blood banks and research and commercial laboratories. Successful completion of the MLT degree prepares you to take the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Certification Examination for MLT and to become licensed in the State of Louisiana by the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners. 

Program Overview

The Medical Laboratory Technician program at Fletcher Technical Community College is a five semester, 64 credit hour program. It consists of two semesters of pre-requisite coursework and three semesters of clinical, lab, and medical laboratory theory. The prerequisite courses are offered face-to-face and/or online. The clinical, lab, and theory component of the program are face-to- face only, with the exception of online lecture in the summer semester. Classes meet Monday – Friday.


Fletcher Technical Community College admits a new class into the Medical Laboratory Technician clinical program once a year each summer semester only. The application deadline for Summer 2020 is March 5, 2020, at 4:00 PM. Specific clinical application and admission requirements can be found in the Summer 2020 Admission Guide. Students must review the Admission Guide prior to applying to the program.

Here are a few important things to note regarding applying to the clinical component of the MLT program:

The following 26 hours of Fletcher Technical Community College’s Curriculum must be completed by the end of the spring semester:

  • BIOL 1140, 1150, 1160, 1170, 2030 (11 credit hours)
  • ENGL 1010, (3 credit hours)
  • MATH 1000/1100 or MATH 1160/1170 (3 credit hours)
  • CHEM 1010 (3 credit hours)
  • PSYC 2010 (3 credit hours)
  • Humanities Elective (3 credit hours)

Applicants must achieve a minimum 2.75 GPA in those courses. For more information regarding GPA requirements, see the Summer 2020 Admission Guide.

All courses in the MLT curriculum must be completed with a minimum grade of “C.”

Admissions into the MLT program is based on GPA. Seating is limited to 10 students. A student’s eligibility to apply is not a guarantee of acceptance into the clinical component of the MLT Program.


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