2018-2019 Catalog (Current)

Medical Laboratory Technology

Degree Type: Associate in Applied Science
College(s): College of Health Professions

Why Choose Medical Laboratory Technology

Medical Laboratory Technicians (MLT) perform laboratory analyses to help the physician detect, diagnose and treat disease. Technicians work with sophisticated laboratory instruments and computers that must be kept in optimal operating condition to give the most accurate results. The volume and sophistication of laboratory testing will increase as the population ages. Physicians base about 70% of their diagnoses and treatment decisions on the results of laboratory testing.

Medical laboratory technicians work under the supervision of the medical laboratory scientist and the medical director of the laboratory in such departments of the medical laboratory as blood bank, clinical chemistry, microbiology, hematology, serology, and body fluid analysis.

The program combines classroom instruction and laboratory practice on-campus with an internship in an affiliated laboratory.

The program is fully accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS.) NAACLS can be contacted at the following: 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018, (773)714-8880.
www.naacls.org

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities exist mainly in clinical laboratories at hospitals, medical centers, and physician offices.  Other opportunities may exist in: the pharmaceutical industry, research and biotechnology; government crime labs, accreditation offices, environmental technology, veterinary medicine and lab information systems; humanitarian work in the Peace Corps, Project Hope, and with medical missionary workers.

The average annual base salary of full-time medical laboratory technicians was $41,700 in 2016. Salaries are increasing annually.

Admission Requirements

Students must be admitted to the university. To be qualified to enter the professional sequence of the program a student must have earned a minimum grade of "C" in each of the following courses or their equivalent: MATH 115 or MATH 117 (or have an ACT Math subscore of 24) and CHEM 114, CHEM 214, BIOL 108 and BIOL 205.

To assure students have a quality technical education in classroom/lab and clinical practice, enrollment is limited. Students who meet or will have met the program's qualification criteria by the end of Spring semester are required to apply to the program's professional sequence between January 15 and January 30 of the year they intend to begin the professional sequence. Admission will be based upon date of qualification.

General Education Requirements

All University General Education requirements for an Associate’s degree is here

Please consult this link for a complete listing of General Education Electives. 

 Consult the Required Course above or program advisor for program specific General Education requirements.

Graduation Requirements

To graduate from the program, a student must have earned a minimum grade of "C" in each CLLS course, BIOL 205, CHEM 214, and the COHP core courses. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required.


The internship in the last semester of the program, although due to limited space, specific clinical site locations cannot be guaranteed. If a student interrupts progression in the professional sequence of the program, re-entry cannot be guaranteed due to space limitations in laboratory and clinical placement sites.

More Information

College of Health Professions
Ferris State University
200 Ferris Drive
Big Rapids, MI 49307
Phone: 231-591-2270 

Required Courses
Credit Hours

General Education

Medical Microbiology
3
Human Anatomy-Physiology
5
Intro to General Chemistry
4
Fund of Organic Chemistry
4
Interpersonal Communication
3
or
Fundamentals-Public Speaking
3
or
Small Group Decision Making
3
English 1
3
English 2
3
Contemporary Mathematics
4
or
Intermediate Algebra
3

Electives

Cultural Enrichment
3
Social Foundation
3

Core

Orientation to Medical Vocabul
1
The U.S. Health Care System
3
Safety Issues in Health Care
1
Ferris State Univ Seminar
1
Note: FSUS 100 for first year only

Major

Clinical Lab Science Orient
1
Intro Specimen Collection
2
Specimen Collection Lab
1
Clinical Chemistry
3
Clinical Chemistry Lab
1
Body Fluid Analysis
1
Hemostasis
1
Body Fluid-Hemostasis Lab
1
Hematology
2
Hematology Lab
1
Diagnostic Microbiology
2
Diagnostic Micro Lab
2
Virology-Mycology-Parasitology
2
Virology-Mycology-Parasitology
1
Intro Clinical Immunology
2
Intro Clin Immunology Lab
1
Simulated Laboratory for MLT
3
Immunohematology
2
Immunohematology Lab
1
Clinical Lab Sc Theory for MLT
1
Clinical Experience 1 for MLT
6
Clinical Experience 2 for MLT
5
Total Minimum Credits:
83