Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT)

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.

This two-year program, including one summer session, prepares graduates 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 hands-on practice 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.

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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.


96% Percent of CSM graduates who pass the MLT (ASCP) certification exam
100% Graduation Rate of students entering the second half of the program
0% Attrition Rate in the second half of the program
Faculty certified by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP)
Accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)

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Clinical Experience Locations

MLT students get hands-on experience at the following locations:

  • Calvert County: Calvert Memorial Hospital
  • Charles County: University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center
  • St Mary's County: MedStar St. Mary's Hospital
  • Prince George's County: MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center

Graduation, Certification, and Placement Rates

Graduation Year Graduation Rate
(of students entering the 2nd half of the MLT program)
Attrition Rate
(in 2nd half of the MLT program)
Graduate ASCP Certification Rate Graduation Placement Rate (includes employment in the field or continuation of education)
2013 100% 0% 100% 100%
2014 100% 0% 100% 100%
2015 100% 0% 83% 100%
2016 100% 0% 100% 100%
2017 100% 50% (1 out of 2 students) 100% 100%
2018 50% (1 out of 2 students) 0% 100% 100%
2019 100% 17% (1 out of 6 students) 100% 100%
2020 100% 0% 100% TBD


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 graphicClick to enlarge image. Advance Your Career After Graduation from CSM’s MLT Program to ASCP MLS Certification
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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)
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