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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 CSM is for you.

Check out our MLT Program Informational Video:

Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) Program at the College of Southern Maryland Video

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.

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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.
  • 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.

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)
2017100%50% (1 out of 2 students)100%100%
201850% (1 out of 2 students)0%100%100%
2019100%17% (1 out of 6 students)100%100%

ASCP MLS Certification & Career Opportunities

These two graphics illustrate the career opportunities for MLT Program graduates and the routes they can take to achieve them.  Graduates should first sit for the ASCP Board of Certification (BOC) MLT Exam.  The career ladder then progresses with an ASCP MLS, four year degree, Certification. This can be obtained through two routes. MLT graduates are able to work in a clinical laboratory while completing an online or face-to-face bachelor's degree.  CSM offers transfer agreements to institutions with MLT to MLS and life science degrees that enable graduates to take the ASCP BOC MLS Certification Exam.  This certification opens doors to opportunities in and outside the medical laboratory.

Advance Your Career After Graduation from CSM’s MLT Program to ASCP MLS Certification
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Advance Your Career After Graduation from CSM’s MLT Program to ASCP MLS Certification
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Clinical Experience Locations

CalvertCalvert Memorial Hospital
CharlesUniversity of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center
St Mary'sMedStar St. Mary's 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 goa-ls 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)