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Reynolds Community College Catalog 2023-2024 
Reynolds Community College Catalog 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Medical Laboratory Technology AAS (151)

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PURPOSE: The Medical Laboratory Technology major is designed to prepare students for certification and employment as Medical Laboratory Technicians. Upon satisfactory completion of the program, the student is eligible to apply for national certification examinations. With satisfactory completion of the national certification exam, students are eligible to pursue a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Medical Laboratory Science with either Virginia Commonwealth University or Old Dominion University

OCCUPATIONAL OBJECTIVES: Positions for Medical Laboratory Technicians are available in hospitals, private laboratories, physicians’ offices, health departments, and industrial medical laboratories.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: General college curricular admission and program specific criteria

PROGRAM NOTES: Students must be accepted to this program to enroll in MDL major/clinical courses (MDL 110  and higher).

  1. Students interested in the Medical Laboratory Technology program should choose the Medical Laboratory Technology program when they first apply to the college.  To be accepted and admitted into MDL major/clinical courses (MDL 110 and higher) students must complete (or be near completion) of the designated prerequisite courses (BIO 145 CHM 101 /CHM 111 ENG 111 ENG 112 , and MTH 155 /MTH 161 )  
  2. Upon satisfactory completion of the five-semester AAS degree, graduates will be eligible to take the Medical Laboratory Technology examinations (e.g., ASCP, AMT, or equivalent) for national certification. The national certification exam is not a requirement for graduation; however, it is strongly recommended and may be required for employment, depending upon the employer.
  3. Upon satisfactory completion of the national certification exam, graduates are eligible to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Medical Laboratory Science with either Virginia Commonwealth University or Old Dominion University.
  4. It is recommended that the students have appropriate health insurance. Students are responsible for covering the cost of medical care that they may require while in the clinical setting.
  5. The MDL courses may be taken for retraining by certified technologists who have been out of the field for a period of time. While admission to the program is not required, permission of the program head is required prior to registration for MDL courses.

Courses in the program may be offered via an in-person format, online format, or hybrid format.  Laboratory courses are offered at college-designated sites and students may be required to come to campus for labs.  Tests may be taken at an approved testing center as determined by the faculty member and the program head.  

Medical Laboratory Technology AAS Student Learning Outcomes:

The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS) describes entry-level competencies for the medical laboratory technician as follows: The medical laboratory technician will possess the entry-level competencies necessary to perform routine clinical laboratory tests in areas, such as clinical chemistry, hematology/hemostasis, immunology, immunohematology/transfusion medicine, microbiology, urine and body fluid analysis, and laboratory operations.

The level of analysis ranges from waived and point of care testing to complex testing encompassing all major areas of the clinical laboratory. The medical laboratory technician will have diverse functions in areas of pre-analytical, analytical, and post-analytical processes. The medical laboratory technician will have responsibilities for information processing, training, and quality control monitoring wherever clinical laboratory testing is performed.

Reynolds Medical Laboratory Technology Program Outcomes The educational experiences in the Medical Laboratory Technology program are designed to ensure that students are well prepared to enter the profession of medical laboratory technology and continue to learn throughout their professional career. At completion of the program, graduates will be able to

  1. Exhibit patient confidentiality within HIPAA parameters;
  2. Demonstrate consistent safe practice within industry-level safety standards;
  3. Demonstrate job entry-level precision and accuracy in performing procedures;
  4. Formulate accurate reports within industry-level reporting parameters;
  5. Analyze and record test and quality control data within industry-level accuracy standards;
  6. Distinguish reportable vs. non-reportable test results using established industry criteria;
  7. Troubleshoot non-reportable test results;
  8. Discuss laboratory testing in terms of theory, technique, quality control, and interpretation; and
  9. Perform routine testing of adult, infant, and geriatric patient samples in specified rotations.

Application Requirements:

  1. Admission to the MDL program is competitive and only limited numbers of students are accepted (usually 15 in fall semester and 15 in spring semester).
  2. To be eligible for admission into the MDL program and courses, applicants must have completed (or be near completion) of the following designated prerequisites: BIO 145 CHM 101 /CHM 111 ENG 111 ENG 112 , and MTH 155 /MTH 161 
  3. Completion of the prerequisite courses does not guarantee admission to the AAS degree program. Transfer students must declare the Health Science I CSC as their major until formally admitted to the program.
  4. Applicants must complete and submit an MDL application portfolio to the program director for consideration. Instructions for completing the Medical Laboratory Technology application packet are located below.
  5. Fully qualified students will be ranked according to GPA, prior degrees achieved, and a completed application packet. (See the program application packet for full explanation of ranking of applicants.)
  6. A minimum GPA of 2.5 in the designated prerequisite courses is required for consideration.
  7. Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges must be submitted to Central Admissions for consideration.
  8. Advanced placement opportunities are based on evaluation of transcripts and clinical work experience, and must be discussed with the program head.
  9. A criminal background check, drug screen, and documentation of immunizations are required by clinical facilities prior to placement for clinical rotations.

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall Start: May 15 with notification in mid-June
  • Spring Start: October 1 with notification in early November

Medical Laboratory Technology Application Packet: The application packet is available at the following url: https://www.reynolds.edu/documents/MLT-AAS-Application-PDF-21-22_fillable.pdf

Medical Laboratory Technology Student Handbook: This handbook is available at the following url: https://www.reynolds.edu/_onlinecatalog/documents/MLT-Student-Handbook-20.pdf

ESSENTIAL SKILLS REQUIREMENTS: Students entering the MDL program must possess the following skills:

  • Sufficient eyesight, including color vision, to observe microscopic cells and features within cells, read records, manipulate equipment, and visually read procedures, graphs, and test results.
  • Sufficient hearing to communicate with patients and members of the health care delivery team, monitor patients using electronic equipment, and hear necessary sounds during operation of equipment.
  • Satisfactory speaking, reading, and writing skills to effectively communicate in English in a timely manner.
  • Sufficient gross and fine motor coordination to exhibit excellent eye-hand coordination and dexterity to manipulate equipment.
  • Sufficient ability to lift, stoop, or bend in the delivery of safe laboratory testing.
  • Satisfactory physical strength and endurance to be on feet for extended periods and to move heavy equipment and supplies. Sitting, walking, bending, and reaching motions are also requirements of most positions.
  • Satisfactory intellectual, emotional, and psychological health and functioning to ensure patient safety and to exercise independent judgment and discretion in performing assigned tasks.
  • Satisfactory time management of multiple priorities and stimuli to operate in fast-paced environments.
  • Sufficient analysis, synthesis, and comprehension skills to follow detailed instructions and effectively operate in a laboratory setting.


  1. Students who have a break in their enrollment must meet with the program head to review current enrollment requirements. In some cases, students may be required to retake MDL courses.
  2. All students must successfully pass a comprehensive clinical readiness assessment prior to placement in clinical rotations.
  3. Attendance during one summer session may be required.
  4. Students must earn a course grade of “C” or better in all courses within the curriculum. Any student who receives a final grade lower than “C” in any course must repeat the course. Students failing to obtain “C” or better in any two MDL prefix courses will not be able to progress in the MDL program.
  5. Courses with the MDL prefix must be completed successfully prior to entering the final coordinated internship courses.

CLINICAL PROGRESSION: The college offers this program in affiliation with the health care agencies and practitioners in the communities the college serves. The college relies on its community affiliates to provide clinical education opportunities for its students, expert clinical preceptors, and course instructors for many courses. The often rapid changes in health care law, standards of practice, technology, and content of credentialing examinations increasingly necessitate sudden changes in the program’s course content, policies, procedures, and course scheduling. As a result, the college cannot guarantee every student continuous and uninterrupted clinical and course instruction as outlined in the printed catalog curriculum for this program. Circumstances beyond the control of the college may necessitate the postponement of course offerings or changes in the sequencing and/or location of scheduled courses or clinical assignments. Additionally, the college may have to change the instructor for courses after instruction has started.

FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS: In addition to the regular college tuition and fees, the Medical Laboratory Technology program requires the items listed below (these fees are approximate and subject to change):

Books and Supplies (varies): $2,000.00
Scrubs and Shoes: $200.00
Lab Tests and Immunizations (varies): $300.00
Background Check (varies): $45.00
Drug Screen (varies): $50.00
Travel to Clinical Affiliates Variable

Note: An additional fee for the national certification examination is not a requirement for graduation and is not included above. The fee is approximately $215.00.


  2018 - 2019 2019 - 20202 2020 - 2021 2021 - 2022
ASCP BOC Exam 1 70% 80% 71%  82%
Attrition Rate 6% 17% 4% 20%
# Graduated 31 10 33 21
Graduation Rate 89% 87% 93% 83%
Graduate Placement Rate 93% 100% 100% 100%










1 Pass within first year of program completion
2Data from Spring 2020 to Spring 2021 reflects facility limitations in clinical placement during COVID-19 pandemic


PROGRAM ACCREDITATION AND ADMINISTRATION: The Medical Laboratory Technology program is accredited by the National Accreditation Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences.
5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018
(773-714-8880 and NAACLSinfo@naacls.org).
The program director is D. Gayle Melberg, MS, MT (ASCP), an experienced medical laboratory scientist and certified medical technologist.


Courses should be taken in the order listed.

Total: 69 Credit Hours

1 SDV 100  may be substituted for SDV 101 .

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