Medical Laboratory Technology Program Information

Be accepted as a student in the college.
  • Have completed the ACT, ASSET, or COMPASS test and have scores sent to Northark (see college requirements for placement). Transfer students must submit a complete transcript. All college preparatory classes (based on ACT, ASSET, and/or COMPASS test scores) must be completed with a "C" or above before being accepted into the program.
  • Receive a "C" or above for any prerequisite courses (HP 1014 - Basic Phlebotomy and BIOL 1434 or higher Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology or higher) required for the MLT Program as well as each course required in the MLT curriculum.
  • Hold a 2.25 grade point average for admission to the MLT Program.
  • Complete the Medical Laboratory Technology Program application by May 1 for program consideration. The application process must be renewed yearly. The student will be subject to any revised entrance requirements that may be in effect at the time of reapplication. The application file must include the following:
  • Medical Laboratory Technology Program Application form
  • Reference forms (2) from employers, teachers, medical personnel, etc.
  • Health-Related Work Form (if applicable)
  • All transcripts
  • Complete the health statement and turn it into the MLT Program Director by the first day of MLT classes. Immunizations listed are required of all persons participating in the clinical component associated with the Northark MLT Program. The only exception would be for medical reasons. An annual tuberculosis skin test (PPD) or chest x-ray is required.
  • Carry malpractice insurance which is obtained each fall when paying dues.
  • Accept by phone or in writing by the date indicated on the acceptance letter for all students offered a place on the entering class of the MLT Program.
  • Be willing to undergo a criminal background check and 10-panel drug screen before being placed into a clinical site.
  • Complete MLT 1003- Orientation to Clinical Laboratory Science in the fall semester in which the student has been accepted into the program if he/she has not already completed the course.
  • North Arkansas College Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) Program has specified the following nonacademic criteria (Technical Standards) which all applicants are expected to meet in order to participate in the MLT training program and function as a laboratory professional. These essential functions have been formulated in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act 29 U.S.C.A. Section 794 and the Americans with Disabilities Act 1992.

  • Observation: The applicant must possess a sufficient sense of vision to obtain accurate readings and complete report forms accurately, to analyze results and apply techniques to discriminate color reactions, and to ready charts, graphs, instrument scales, and printouts.
  • Communication: The applicant must possess a sufficient sense of speech and hearing to be able to effectively and efficiently receive and transmit information to patients, fellow students, faculty and staff, and all members of the health care team.
  • Motor: The applicant must possess sufficient motor function and muscle strength to perform all basic testing procedures, to manipulate tools, equipment and instruments, to lift supplies and reagent boxes up to 40 pounds, 42 inches off the floor, and to apply the manual dexterity necessary to perform phlebotomy.
  • Intellectual and Conceptual Abilities: The applicant must be able to measure, calculate, reason, analyze, evaluate, and synthesize data and information, solve problems, recognize emergency situations, and take appropriate actions in a timely manner.
  • Behavioral and Social Attributes: The applicant must possess the emotional health required for full utilization of the applicant's intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment, and prompt completion of all responsibilities required of a MLT. Applicants must also be able to tolerate taxing workloads, function effectively under stress, adapt to changing environments and methodologies, display flexibility, and possess sufficient aptitude in interactive skills and sensitivity to maintain a cooperative productive climate of work relationships.

  • MAT or ET 1134 - Applied Algebra & Trigonometry will not be accepted as an option for the math requirement for this program.

    The American Society of Clinical Pathology Board of Certification 3-year pass rate (must be 75% or above) - 3-year average is 68%
    2020-2021 — 4 out of 6 students passed (67%)
    2021-2022 — 9 out of 12 students passed (75%)
    2022-2023 — 8 out of 13 students passed (62%)

    Medical Laboratory Technology Program Completion Rate 3-year average (must be 70%) - 3-year average is 94%
    2020-2021 — 8 out of 8 students (100%)
    2021-2022 — 14 out of 16 students (88%)
    2022-2023 — 15 out of 16 students (94%)

    Job Placement Rate 3-year average for Graduates Actively Seeking Employment (must be above 75%) - 3-year average is 100%
    2020-2021 — 5 out of 5 students (100%)
    2021-2022 — 14 out of 14 students (100%)
    2022-2023 — 15 out of 15 students (100%)

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