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What are the program prerequisites?

Applicants must complete BIO156, CHM130, and MAT102 and all general education courses (22 credits) listed on the curriculum map or program course checklist PRIOR to applying to the program. 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 are also prerequisite courses for those candidates who have less than two years of relevant healthcare work experience. Example: For students who have completed HCC146, this is an acceptable higher level course for HCC145AA and is eligible as a course substitution, and the course substitution form must be signed by the program director.

If I apply for the program, when will I know if I have been accepted?

Applications must be submitted to Advisement by 4pm September 5, 2014 for potential acceptance into the program which starts December 2014. Application and materials will be reviewed and students notified by email of their conditional acceptance or non-acceptance by approximately November 3, 2014.

When does the program begin? What is the schedule for the entire 15 month program?

The program begins on the third Friday of December, with the first class MDL190. The 15 month program schedule runs through the following March. 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 middle of March. Students average 20-30 hours per week during day shift hours, Monday-Friday, to complete their clinical rotations at clinical sites selected by the school.

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 15 month 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.