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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 a student has completed related courses at a higher level, please contact the program director to discuss course substitutions for the prerequisite courses.

HCC130 and HCC145AA may be waived for those candidates who have more than two years of relevant healthcare work experience.

All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to applying for the program.

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.

What are the requirements for application into the program?

The following items must be submitted to be considered for the program:

- Completed MLT Program Application

- Copy of Unofficial College Transcripts showing completion of all prerequisite courses with a grade of C or higher

- Completed and signed Health and Safety Documentation form with copies of actual immunization record or laboratory titer results as supporting documentation of:

- Proof of 2 MMR vaccinations or positive titers for measles, mumps, AND rubella - Proof of immunity through serologic testing (positive IgG titer) OR documentation of two (2) doses of MMR vaccination on separate dates at least 28 days apart. If a titer shows negative, equivocal, or non-reactive you will be required to repeat the MMR series with two (2) additional immunizations and provide appropriate documentation.

- Proof of positive varicella titer or 2 varicella vaccinations (History of disease is not sufficient) - Proof of immunity through serologic testing (positive IgG titer) OR documentation of two (2) doses of Varicella vaccination 30 days apart. If a titer shows negative, equivocal, or non-reactive you will be required to repeat the Varicella series with two (2) additional immunizations and provide appropriate documentation. History of chickenpox is NOT sufficient proof of immunity.

- Proof of negative 2-step TB skin test within the last year or negative chest x-ray within the last year, must be valid throughout duration of program including clinicals (must provide proof of 2 TB tests) - Two-Step TB Skin Test consisting of an initial TB skin test and a boosted TB skin test 1-3 weeks following the first test within the last 6 months. OR Negative Two-Step TB Skin Test and annual testing within the last 6 months. OR Negative chest X-ray and annual documentation of a TB disease-free status by completing a Tuberculosis Screening Questionnaire. OR Documentation of a negative result from an IGRA test (Quantiferon, T-Spot) within the last 6 months

- Proof of 3 Hepatitis B vaccinations or positive Hepatitis B titer - Proof of immunity through serologic testing (positive HbsAB titer) OR documentation of three (3) doses of Hepatitis B vaccination (an initial injection followed by a second injection given 1 or 2 months after the first dose and a third injection 4 to 6 months after the first) OR signed declination

- Proof of Tetanus (Td) vaccination within the last 10 years, must be valid throughout duration of program including clinicals

- Health Declaration signed by M.D., D.O., N.P., or P.A.

- Proof of Current CPR training – Healthcare Provider level, must be valid throughout duration of program including clinicals - Healthcare Provider CPR card issued by the American Heart Association. All Health Science Programs require American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR certification. This certification includes training for adult/Child/Infant CPR, choking, AED, and one- and two-man rescuer. Please be sure to verify with the trainer that the course you take satisfies these requirements. Courses that do not have a demonstration component will not be accepted. Examples would be cards received on the internet that do not have an in-person skills review. A fully online CPR course will NOT be accepted. A photocopy of the front and back of the card must be provided with the program application.

- Current Level 1 Fingerprint Clearance Card - Issued by the Arizona Department of Public Safety. A photocopy of the front and back of the card is required as part of the application process. The original Fingerprint Clearance Card will need to be presented and validated prior to course registration by advisement.

- Clinical Planning Form (part of Program Application)

Additional Fees associated with the MLT Program:

- Fingerprint Clearance Card: $68

- CPR for Health Care Providers: $20-$50 – varies according to location

- Immunizations: $250 - $600 – varies according to location and previous immunization history

- Drug Testing (IF conditionally accepted, prior to clinical practicum): $40

- Scrubs for class and clinicals: $15-30 – varies according to place of purchase

- Supplemental MCCCD Background Check (IF conditionally accepted, prior to start of program): $67

- Compliance Tracker (IF conditionally accepted, prior to start of program): $25

- Online Clinical Orientation (IF conditionally accepted, prior to start of program): $37