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Medical Laboratory Science



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 4, 2015 for potential acceptance into the program which starts December 2015. Application and materials will be reviewed and students notified of their conditional acceptance or non-acceptance by approximately November 6, 2015.

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 or previous work experience, 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 2015-2017 program application deadline for potential acceptance into the program which will start December 2015 has now passed. Late applications are not accepted.

The next program will be December 2016-May 2018. Applications for the 2016-2018 program will become available soon 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, Monday-Friday, to complete their clinical rotations at clinical sites selected by the school.

The exact schedule for the program courses and externships can be found within the program application.

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.