Program Application Process
The application process is an online process. You can view a SAMPLE application here, to ensure you have completed all of the requirements, but the actual application is done online.
The link to complete a NEW MLT Application can be found on the left-hand menu, under "Related Links".
If you have started completing an application, saved the application, and want to return to CONTINUE an MLT Application, the link can be found on the left-hand menu.
What are the program prerequisites?
*Effective Fall 2015, applicants must complete the following prerequisite courses prior to applying for the program:
HCC130, HCC145AA, BIO181, BIO182, MAT120, CHM130/130LL, BIO160, ENG101, ENG102, COM 100 or 110 or 225 or 230, and CRE101 (or exempt by assessment). The chemistry, biology, anatomy and physiology, and math courses must have been completed within the last 8 years.*
If I apply for the program, when will I know if I have been accepted?
Applications must be submitted to Advisement by 4pm September 2, 2016 for potential acceptance into the program which starts December 2016. Application and materials will be reviewed and students notified of their conditional acceptance or non-acceptance by approximately November 14, 2016.
Admission to the program is not guaranteed. Admission is based on a competitive evaluation process of application completeness, grade point average in prerequisite courses, quality of essay responses, completeness of health and safety documentation, and quality of reference. The program usually has 4 times as many applicants each year as there are spots available in the program.
The next program will be December 2016-May 2018. Applications for the 2016-2018 program are now available online (see link on left-hand menu) and will be due Friday, September 2, 2016 at 4pm.
When does the program begin? What is the schedule for the entire 15 month program?
The program begins in December, with the first class MDL190. The program schedule runs through the following April/May. Students are in classes and student lab at Phoenix College on Fridays from 8am - 4:30pm during the first spring and fall semesters.Students complete 6 months of clinical rotations scheduled late May through late August and late December through April/May. Students average 40 hours per week during day shift hours, each day Monday through Friday, to complete their clinical rotations at clinical sites selected by the school. The exact schedule for the program courses and externships is: COURSES AND DATES MDL190 – Clinical Laboratory Operations (2 credits) - December 16, 2016– January 13, 2017 MDL240 – Clinical Urinalysis and Body Fluids (3 credits) - January 17, 2017 – February 10, 2017 MDL242 – Clinical Hematology and Hemostasis (6 credits) - February 13, 2017 – April 7, 2017 MDL244 – Clinical Immunohematology and Immunology (6 credits) - April 10, 2017 – May 19, 2017 MDL252 – Clinical Preparation Course I (0.5 credits) - May 22, 2017 – June 2, 2017 *Course runs Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm* MDL241 – Practicum: Clinical Urinalysis and Body Fluids (1 credit) - June 5, 2015 – August 24, 2017 MDL243 – Practicum: Clinical Hematology and Hemostasis (1 credit) - June 5, 2017 – August 24, 2017 MDL245 – Practicum: Clinical Immunohematology and Immunology (1 credit) - June 5, 2017 – August 24, 2017 MDL246 – Clinical Microbiology (6 credits) - August 25, 2017 – October 13, 2017 MDL248 – Clinical Chemistry (6 credits) - October 16, 2017 – December 8, 2017 MDL263 – Clinical Preparation Course II (0.5 credits) - December 11, 2017 – December 22, 2017 *Course runs Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm* MDL247 – Practicum: Clinical Microbiology (1 credit) - January 2, 2018 – May, 2018 MDL249 – Practicum: Clinical Chemistry (1 credit) - January 2, 2018 – May, 2018 MDL291 – Medical Laboratory Science Program Capstone (1 credit) - April 1, 2018 – April 19, 2018 Classes are hybrid courses, with the majority of the coursework online, and in-person sessions scheduled on Fridays from 8:00am-4:30pm. Clinical rotations (practicums) are 40 hours per week scheduled during day shift hours, Monday through Friday.
Do I have to schedule my own clinical site to conduct clinical rotations?
Scheduling of clinical sites is coordinated by faculty and staff at Phoenix College. Once students are accepted into the program, faculty and staff coordinate scheduling of clinical sites for each student admitted into the program.
How much does the program cost? Do I have to pay for the entire program once I am accepted?
The program has courses with a total of 36 credits and course fees associated with many of the lab related courses. The program textbooks can be found on the program web site, and these textbooks can be obtained at the bookstore located on campus, or through other resources. The credit fee is established by the Maricopa County Community College District Governing Board. For 2011-12, the MLS program costs including tuition, fees, and textbooks was approximately $4,300. Costs for the entire program including prerequisite courses are $7,100. Students can pay for a group of courses as they progress through the program and do not have to pay the full amount upon acceptance into the program. Financial aid is available and more information can be obtained through the Financial Aid Office.
I have previous work experience in a laboratory; can I test-out of part of the program or earn credits for my work experience?
Maricopa County Community College District does have a credit for prior learning policy. Your relevant work experience within a clinical laboratory and associated training and education my enable you to qualify for credit for prior learning for select portions of the program. Please contact the program director to discuss credit for prior learning.
I work full-time or part-time. Can I complete the program while working?
Yes, most students in this program work while completing the program. The program is a hybrid design and is designed for students who might work. The hybrid design allows for some of the learning to be completed by the student using their own home computer or other computing resources and limits the amount of time students need to be in a campus based setting. The campus based classes are scheduled only on Fridays which allow students working any shift to be able to participate in the program.