Medical Laboratory Technician

Degree Type: Associate Degree

Medical Laboratory Technicians (MLT) is health-care professionals skilled in the performance of laboratory procedures, which aid in the diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, and maintenance of the health of the patient.

They perform a variety of procedures using intricate and sophisticated instrumentation. As a component of the profession of Medical Laboratory Technicians [also known as Clinical Laboratory Science (CLS)], MLTs are vital members of the healthcare team and contribute significantly to the delivery of quality healthcare.

With the influx of new laboratory procedures, knowledge, and instrumentation, there is an increasing need for MLTs. The student contemplating the profession should possess such personal attributes as interest in the sciences, self-motivation, dedication, discipline, a strong desire to help people, and must have high moral, academic and ethical standards. Technical standards include manual dexterity and visual acuity (normal color vision).

The Medical Laboratory Technician program is a two-year program fully accredited by the National Accrediting Agency of Clinical Laboratory Sciences 5600 N. River Rd. Suite #720 Rosemont, IL 60018 Phone: (773) 714-8880 Fax: (773) 714-8886 or

The program prepares students for employment as technicians in hospital laboratories, physicians’ offices, and other types of clinical laboratory facilities.

Admission into the program is competitive and based on selected entrance criteria:

  • Program applications are available in the Program Director’s office –Metro Campus, Suite 307 in February
  • Deadline for completion of application packet — July 15th for the Fall Semester acceptance and April 15th for the Summer Semester acceptance
  • Have completed twelve (12) credit hours at SUSLA prior to admission to the clinical program and supply the following
    • College transcript(s)
    • Brief narrative of intent
    • Three (3) letters of reference
    • GPA of 2.5 or better
    • Specified prerequisite courses
    • Interview with the MLT Interview Committee

Applicants must be eighteen (18) years of age and be in sufficient mental and physical health to meet the minimum clinical performance standards. The standards are listed in the Admissions Packet. Admission into the program is predicated upon completion of prerequisites courses (with grade of “C” or higher) by the terminus of the spring semester of application.

An application for acceptance must be submitted along with three (3) letters of recommendation. It is the student’s responsibility to complete the application before he/she will be considered for entrance into the clinical program. Students selected for entry will be chosen by an interview panel composed of Allied Health Faculty and clinical laboratory scientists from local clinical affiliations. The number of students selected for the clinical program is predicated upon the number of clinical spaces available.  

For your application to enter the MLT clinical program, please click here.

For information regarding Medical Laboratory Technicians outcome, please click here.

The curriculum is designed to develop well-rounded individuals and is not limited to the technical skills of the profession. Courses are intended to develop the educational, cultural and social needs of the student. Courses are provided in the natural sciences, behavioral sciences, liberal arts and in the clinical laboratory sciences (which include a clinical practicum at area hospital laboratories). Faculty of Southern University at Shreveport work closely with the affiliated hospitals to ensure the quality and standards of education are maintained.

Please see your advisor or University Catalog for more information.

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