Medical Laboratory Technicians (MLT’s) play a critical role in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of disease. MLT’s work in all areas of the lab including blood bank, chemistry, hematology, immunology, and microbiology. The MLT uses analytical skills to operate sophisticated laboratory equipment and computer technology.
The continued growth of the laboratory science profession is producing an increased demand for educated and motivated laboratory professionals. Employment opportunities for graduates of Harcum’s MLT Program include hospital and reference laboratories, physician offices, clinics, forensic laboratories, pharmaceutical companies, and research facilities.
The Medical Laboratory Technician Program offers an online curriculum to suit the needs of the working student, students who have obligations that prevent them from participating in a traditional classroom schedule, and students at a distance from the college. All of the required MLT courses are available online, as well as a majority of the required general education courses. MLT student labs are offered on five Saturdays throughout the semester from 9am-3pm. Students also attend a clinical practicum in a CLIA approved hospital laboratory where they gain experience in every aspect of laboratory testing. Distance students who are unable to attend student labs held on campus may complete lab activities at a hospital convenient to them.
Harcum courses required in the MLT curriculum, that are not currently offered online include:
CHE 111 General Chemistry 1
BIO 205 Microbiology
These courses can be taken at any accredited college/university convenient to the student and transferred into the MLT Program.
- Completed Harcum College application
- Official high school transcript
- High School or College GPA of a 2.0
- Official college transcript(s), if applicable
- Personal essay
- All accepted students must provide proof of specific medical and legal
clearances (or of application in progress). Process for submission of
these documents will be mailed to students with their admissions packet.
All forms are managed electronically via Certified Background (see tuition page for additional fees).
- Competency in the spoken English language. TOEFL scores are required for students for whom English is a second language.
Essential Functions represent the essential non-academic requirements of the program that students must master to participate successfully in the program and become employable. The following is a list of the technical abilities and skills applicants for admission into Medical Laboratory Technology courses must possess:
- Manual Dexterity: ability to use hand(s) or prosthetic devices with coordination
- Fine Motor: ability to manipulate small objects with fingertip or adaptive devices
- Vision: ability to distinguish red, yellow, and blue colors; distinguish clear from cloudy and distinguish objects through a microscope
- Hearing: ability to adapt with assistive devices (i.e., phone receivers, hearing aid, etc.)
- Speech: ability to effectively communicate verbally in English
- Writing: ability to communicate effectively in the written form in English
- Reading : ability to read, understand, and follow directions printed in English
- Mobility: ability to maneuver in the laboratory, around the laboratory, around instruments, and in patient-care settings.
- Computer Literacy is essential for success in online courses.