What is the Medical Laboratory Technology Program?
The Medical Laboratory Technology Program is a five (5) semester program that enables successful graduates to take the national certification examination offered by the American Society of Medical Pathology Board of Certification ASCP(BOC). The Program culminates in an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Medical Laboratory Technology.
May I take the Medical Laboratory Technology courses at any Gadsden State Campus?
No, courses are only offered in Gadsden on the Wallace Drive Campus. The general education courses required for the Program may be taken at most campuses and/or online.
When can I start the Medical Laboratory Technology Program?
You must apply by the deadline date and be accepted to the Program. The deadline date falls on the first business day of July of each year. Once accepted a student would start in the fall of that same year.
How do I apply to the Medical Laboratory Technology Program?
How many students are accepted into the Program each fall?
The Program accepts eighteen (18) to twenty-two (22) students to start the Program each fall. The number is limited due to Medical space availability.
If I meet the “Admission Requirements," will I be in the Medical Laboratory Technology Program?
No. Admission is competitive; all applicants are rank-ordered according to their test scores and grades. Those applicants with the highest scores will be on the top of the list. Ranking Sheet
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Can I take Medical Laboratory Technology courses online?
No Medical Laboratory Technology courses are offered on-line at the present time.
Can I take Medical Laboratory Technology courses in the evening?
Medical Laboratory Technology classes are taught primarily in the day. Some labs may be late afternoon. Medical rotations will be typical work hours (7a-4p or 8a-5p) .
Do you offer a part-time option for Medical Laboratory Technology?
No, the Medical Laboratory Technology Program is offered on a full-time basis only. If all general education courses are completed prior to admission to the Program this full-time status could fall below the standard 12 hours considered as full-time enrollment.
What prerequisites are required for the Medical Laboratory Technology Program?
The Medical Laboratory Technology Program does not have any “true” prerequisites. All applicants must be eligible for MTH 100 (Note: MTH 116 is not a higher level math and will not meet this requirement), ENG 101 and BIO 103 in fall semester of entrance into the Program.
Do I have to complete all of the general education courses before applying to the Medical Laboratory Technology Program?
No. You must be eligible for MTH 100 (Note: MTH 116 is not a higher level math and will not meet this requirement), ENG 101 and BIO 103 in the fall semester of entrance into the Program. It is recommended that you have as many general education courses completed as possible, but this is not required. This will lighten the coursework and improve your chances of being selected for the Program. Ranking Sheet
If I have taken all the general education courses required for the Medical Laboratory Technology Program, can I finish the Program early?
No. Your course load may be lighter, but the Program cannot be completed earlier.
Are there any other requirements after I have submitted my application?
Yes. All qualified applicants will receive notification regarding an Applicant Information Session. This session will be held on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 (1:30-3:30pm) Room 101 Bevill Hall. Attendance at this session is mandatory. If an applicant does not attend this session his/her application will not be reviewed.
What is the Applicant Information Session?
The Applicant Information Session is a mandatory session at which all aspects of the Program are discussed with the applicants. Program faculty and currently enrolled students provide insight into the Program for those in attendance. This session will be held on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 (1:30-3:30pm) Room 101 Bevill Hall. Attendance at this session is mandatory. If an applicant does not attend this session his/her application will not be reviewed
May I deliver my official transcripts by hand?
Yes. Hand delivered transcripts must be sealed, stamped "OFFICIAL," and delivered to the One Stop Center, Registrars and Admissions Office, on the East Broad Campus in Gadsden. If the transcripts are opened, or appear tampered with, they will not be accepted.
Do I need to send my high school transcripts if I have taken a college math, English, and biology?
No. High school transcripts are only required if an applicant has not completed a college level math, English AND biology course.
How long is the waiting list?
The Medical Laboratory Technology Program does not have a “Waiting List.” Students must apply for the Program each year. The top students are admitted and a number of students are placed on an alternate list in case we have an opening available before the Program begins.
How will I be notified about Program acceptance / admission?
You will be notified by e-mail. You will receive a letter of standing approximately 4 weeks after deadline date. You will receive one of three letters: acceptance, alternate, not accepted. The letter is sent to the e-mail address on the application. Be sure to keep your records updated.
My grade point average (GPA) is 4.0 but I did not get into the Program; a friend was accepted with a 2.5 GPA. Why?
Admission to the Medical Laboratory Technology Program is not based on the applicant’s cumulative GPA. The admission is based on a combination of a test score and grades in certain courses. Ranking Sheet
Must I have the Essential Functions form signed by a physician when I apply for admission?
No. The Essential Functions form is signed by the student as recognition of the physical and mental requirements of the Program once they are accepted into the Program, not as part of the application process. All applicants should review this form prior to applying. Essential Functions
When should my health records be submitted?
Your health records will need to be turned in AFTER admission to the program. Instructions will accompany your acceptance letter.
May I register for MLT classes before health requirements are met?
No. You can register for any general education courses but not the MLT courses.
I don’t have the money to complete the health requirements. Why does Gadsden State require so many?
The Medical affiliates have certain requirements to guarantee the health and safety of their patients. Students are required to meet those stipulations so that they can attend the Medical settings for their education. These requirements will be necessary for anyone in a healthcare field while in school and later during employment.
Where will I attend Clinicals?
A variety of Medical affiliates are used within the surrounding six (6) counties. The Program makes every effort to avoid excessive driving distances, but cannot guarantee a specific Clinical assignment. Clinical Sites