Medical Laboratory Technology A.A.S.

Degree Type

Advanced Placement - Tarleton State University

Michele McAfee Ph.D., MT(ASCP) (SC)CM
MLT Program Director and Clinical Coordinator
Tarleton State University

Katherine Boswell, RN, MS, Dean of Health and Human Sciences,
Weatherford College
817-598-6217 •

Weatherford College in partnership with Tarleton State University, a part of the Texas A & M University System, offers prerequisite courses for the Medical Laboratory Technician Certification program through Tarleton State University’s Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences in Fort Worth, Texas.

The Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT/CLT) is a laboratory professional that performs analyses of patient specimens in all areas of the clinical laboratory including, hematology, clinical microbiology, clinical chemistry, immunology, urinalysis and immunohematology. Test results assist physicians in the diagnosis and monitoring of patient diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, infectious disease, malignancies and other disease states. Medical Laboratory Technicians must be dedicated and self-motivated and be able to work independently, think analytically, exhibit manual dexterity, and must be willing to perform as an integral part of the health care team. Current shortages of laboratory personnel in Texas and the nation offer Medical Laboratory Technicians many employment opportunities.

Upon completion of 32-35 hours of required courses from Weatherford College, students will complete 37 hours of sophomore level courses at Tarleton State University for the degree. The sophomore courses comprising the technical program will be taken in Fort Worth at the Schaffer Building and affiliated clinical hospital sites. These courses will comprise the certification portion of the degree plan. Students are admitted at the beginning of each semester; the program’s technical courses are completed in 15 months. After successful completion of the program, students are eligible for the Associate of Applied Science degree in Medical Laboratory Technology awarded by Tarleton State University and are also eligible to apply for the Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) national certification exam administered by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Registry. Acceptance into the program is on a competitive basis.

The program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), in cooperation with the Commission of Accreditation of Health Science Education programs (CAAHEP) and the American Medical Association (AMA).

Prerequisite Courses for Medical Laboratory Technology — Taken at Weatherford College

* Students planning to articulate from the Medical Laboratory Technology, Associate of Applied Science Degree to the Clinical Laboratory Science, Bachelor of Science Degree should choose BIOL 1406, 1407, and CHEM 1411, 1412.

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6 - 8
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Required Medical Laboratory Courses

— To be taken in Fort Worth through Tarleton State University and affiliated clinical sites.

* Students may begin the Medical Laboratory Technology program during a fall, spring, or summer semester. Completion of Weatherford College Phlebotomy Program transfers as MLAB 2182 in the MLT curriculum.

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