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Program Admission Requirements

Applying for Program Admission

This degree program requires a special program application.  Please read all of the information on this page carefully.

  • Program prerequisites must be completed (with grades posted) as described in Program Requirements before applying to the program.
  • The program application [PDF] must be completed and returned to the Medical Laboratory Technician program for processing.  It is important to check your Pima email account regularly as program information will be communicated to you via this account.

Program Pre-Admission Requirements 

  • New and transfer students are required to complete the program admissions application.
  • Complete assessment tests for math, reading and writing.
  • Transfer courses earned from another regionally accredited institution are not valid until they have been officially evaluated and grades have been posted on PCC transcripts.  An official (sealed) transcript and Student Request for Transcript Evaluation form must be submitted to PCC Admissions Office.
  • If grades and/or assessment scores are not posted on PCC transcripts at the time of program application, application requests will be denied. 
  • Students who have successfully completed a college level science course may request to be cleared to take MLT 101 prior to being admitted to the MLT program.  Students may not take other MLT courses for credit until they are accepted into the MLT program.

Program Admissions and Course Information 

  • Required vaccinations for entering/continuing in the Medical Laboratory Technician program: The Medical Laboratory Technician program works with hospitals and agencies that require the hepatitis B vaccination and an annual flu vaccination.  Additional vaccination requirements for the clinical portion of the program are listed in the next section of this page.
  • Students accepted into the MLT program must have the “Technical Standards Essential for MLT Practice” completed by a licensed health care provider.
  • The MLT program accepts eight qualified students each fall and spring semester. Applicants who successfully complete all prerequisites, including MLT 101, will be accepted into the program.  Depending on the number of qualified applicants, acceptance will be determined based on the date of the program admissions application.  Remaining students will be placed on a waiting list for the following semester.  If there are less than eight students who completed all prerequisites, alternate spots will be assigned to the students who are currently enrolled in the remaining prerequisites.  Failure of the student to complete these prerequisites will result in the forfeiture of their program seat.
  • Completion time for the MLT program is based on compass assessment results, completion of program admission requirements and support courses.
  • The MLT program may be completed within five semesters (includes a clinical rotation at an affiliated hospital or reference laboratory).  It does not include placement requirements.
  • Students must receive a C grade or better on all core courses in order to progress to the next semester.

To participate in the clinical portion of the program, students must:

  • Successfully complete all required courses and meet minimum grade requirements.
  • Provide and maintain an Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) Fingerprint Clearance Card.
  • Pass a urine toxicology screening exam from a certified laboratory.
  • Provide proof of immunization and/or immunity from Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Varicella and Hepatitis B Virus.
  • Provide proof of current vaccinations for TDaP and Influenza.
  • Provide proof of a negative TB skin test or negative chest X-ray within the last two years.
  • Provide proof of health insurance coverage.
  • Provide a declaration of health from a licensed healthcare provider (MLT standards).
  • Be able to perform a number of essential functions in the clinical portion of the program.  Students must have visual acuity, color, shade and depth perception to accurately perform and interpret laboratory tests.  Students must be able to read computer screens, specimen/reagent, labels and warning signs.  Students must be able to clearly and accurately communicate with patients and health care professionals in English, and accurately follow verbal and written instructions.  Students must be able to stand/sit for prolonged periods and move freely and safely through the laboratory.  Be able to grasp, sit, squat, stoop, bend, reach, push, pull, lift and carry up to 50 pounds.  Students must also have sufficient hand-eye coordination to efficiently, accurately and safely operate laboratory equipment, such as pipettes, inoculating loops, precision instrumentation, and perform phlebotomy procedures.

Important Information on the American Society for Clinical Pathology Medical Laboratory Technician Certification Examination (ASCP-MLT)

Graduation from the Medical Laboratory Technician program is not contingent upon passing a certification or licensing examination.  Certification requirements and subsequent procedures are the exclusive right and responsibility of the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification.  For more information on licensure requirements, go to www.ascp.org.

Ninety-four percent of our graduates have passed the ASCP certification examination since the inception and accreditation of the MLT program.  Since 2009, one hundred percent of our graduates passed the ASCP certification examination when it was taken within the first year of graduation.