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Medical Laboratory Technology



Changes to the Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) program


The Health Sciences Division has made changes to the selective admissions process.  The updated admissions requirements are effective immediately.  Students applying for admission are required to take MLT 1012 and MLT 1012L, Introduction to Clinical Laboratory Science Lecture and Lab, prior to acceptance in the program.  These courses will be offered each Summer semester. 

Both courses will be held from May 31, 2017 to July 7, 2017 at the La Plata campus and will be available for enrollment during advanced registration for the summer semester:

  • MLT 1012   144077 meets Wednesday from 9:00 am – 11:30 am
  • MLT 1012L 144078 meets Wednesday from 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm and Friday from 9:00 am – 11:30 am.

In addition, CHE 1050, Introduction to Chemistry (3 credits), is now required for the program.  CHE 1200 and 1200L, General Chemistry I Lecture and Lab, are no longer required for the MLT program.  To be eligible for admission, students need to meet the prerequisites for CHE 1050.

An appointment can be scheduled with an academic advisor on any campus to discuss academic planning and the petitioning process.


If you are intrigued with science, healthcare, have an investigative mind, want to get a job that is in high demand, get extensive hands-on-training, and obtain skills that lead to a broad range of career options, then the Medical Laboratory Technology Program at the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) is for you.

This two-year program, including one summer session, prepares you to work as a member of a diagnostic health care team as a Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT). MLTs perform routine and automated procedures under the supervision of a medical technologist or pathologist.

Tests that MLTs perform include complete blood counts, urinalysis, cross matching blood for transfusion, identifying pathogenic organisms, and chemical analysis of blood and other body fluids. CSM’s program includes rotations in a clinical laboratory. Graduates can apply to take the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification exam to obtain national certification as a Medical Laboratory Technician.

The Medical Laboratory Technology program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 N. River Rd. Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119.

Programs of Study

Points of Distinction

  1. The MLT program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).
  2. CSM graduates have an MLT (ASCP) certification exam pass rate of 96%.
  3. CSM's MLT program has a 100% graduation rate (of students entering the second half of the program).
  4. CSM's MLT program has a 0% attrition rate (in the second half of the program).
  5. Faculty members are certified by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).

Graduation, Certification, and Placement Rates

Graduation YearGraduation Rate
(of students entering the 2nd Half of the MLT Program)
Attrition Rate
(in 2nd Half of the MLT Program)
Graduate ASCP Certification RateGraduation Placement Rate (includes Employment in the Field or Continuation of Education)
2013100%0%100%100%
2014100%0%100%100%
2015100%0%83%100%
2016100%0%100%100%

Clinical Experience Locations

CountyAgency
CalvertCalvert Memorial Hospital
CharlesUniversity of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center
St Mary'sMedStar St. Mary's Hospital
Prince George'sFort Washington Hospital
Prince George'sMedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center

Essential Functions

Admission Criteria (Technical Standards/Essential Functions): Student must be free of contagion and possess sufficient stamina and mental stability, with or without reasonable accommodations as may be required by law, to fulfill the requirements of the program and the customary requirements of the profession:

  • Work for 8 - 12 hours performing physical tasks requiring sufficient strength and motor coordination without jeopardy to patient and student safety as, for example, walking, sitting, bending, lifting, turning
  • Perform fine motor movements and be able to manipulate instruments and wide variety of equipment according to established procedure and standards of speed and accuracy.
  • Establish and work toward goals in a consistently responsible, realistic manner.
  • Have auditory ability sufficient to monitor and assess health needs. (For example: communicate verbally, in an effective manner, with patients and other personnel)
  • Have visual ability sufficient for observation and assessment necessary for patient care. (For example: use a microscope, read and process patient related information like patient charts and requisitions, visually assess patient response to interventions)

For more information or request a copy of the MLT Student Handbook, contact:

Tiffany Gill  MA, MT (ASCP)
MLT Program Coordinator
Health Sciences Division
tgill@csmd.edu

(301) 539-4822 Office
(301) 934-7672 Fax