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Dr. Alicia Jones
Program Director, Medical Lab Technician Program

LDCC Monroe
ATC, Room 105


Applications Open for Fall 2025 Cohort

Start: Mar 1, 2025 12:00 AM End: Jun 1, 2025 11:55 PM

Multi-Day Event

Medical Lab Technician
Associate’s Degree of Applied Science

In collaboration with the University of Louisiana-Monroe, LDCC now offers a 65-credit medical laboratory technician associate's degree of applied science. This degree consists of three distinct exit points including a phlebotomy credential, a certificate of technical studies, and the associate’s degree. 

Students in this program will not only take courses with LDCC faculty, but also be instructed by ULM professors and have access to ULM labs and resources. Students who successfully complete the medical lab technician associate's degree, shall be eligible to seamlessly enter ULM's medical lab science bachelor's degree program. After taking 30 hours online at ULM, students will graduate with their bachelor's degree in medical lab sciences. 

Program Description:

When patients seek medical assistance, diagnostic information is essential, necessitating the conduction of laboratory tests. Whether a patient visits for a regular checkup or reports specific symptoms, healthcare professionals, including physicians, nurses, and medical assistants, gather samples of blood, tissue, and other bodily fluids in a clinical setting. These samples are then forwarded to a laboratory, where medical lab technicians evaluate them for diagnostic purposes. This information is critical to allowing physicians to make informed decisions about their care.

The program for Medical Laboratory Technicians aims to equip students with the essential knowledge and skills required for employment in medical laboratories. Graduates will be adept at conducting diagnostic tests crucial for aiding physicians in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases. Proficiency in chemistry, biology, and mathematics is essential for prospective students. Training encompasses the use of microscopes, computers, and various instruments for analyzing body fluids, tissues, and cells. Upon completion, technicians can pursue opportunities in hospital laboratories, clinics, doctors' offices, blood banks, and research and commercial laboratories.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Achieve proficient execution of blood and body fluid analyses with minimal supervision.
  • Exhibit competency in performing standard laboratory procedures across key clinical laboratory areas, encompassing Clinical Chemistry, Hematology/Hemostasis, Urinalysis/Body Fluids, Microbiology, Immunology, Immunohematology, and Laboratory Operations.
  • Recognize test principles, methodologies, the significance of test results, reference ranges, alert values, and sources of test variability.
  • Ensure the precision and validity of test results through the application of appropriate quality control and quality assurance protocols.
  • Execute basic analytic techniques, showcase the appropriate use of laboratory instrumentation, and employ suitable trouble-shooting procedures when necessary.
  • Adhere to laboratory safety regulations, encompassing the proper handling of biologic specimens and the safe use of chemicals and equipment.
  • Identify sources of pre-analytic, analytic, and post-analytic errors, and correlate test results with disease processes.
  • Interpret quality control data and initiate corrective action when control results deviate from acceptable limits.
  • Respond effectively to stress, time constraints, and changes in the workplace.
  • Accurately report test results using laboratory information systems and other communication methods.
  • Demonstrate a dedicated commitment to patients, the profession, and ongoing professional development.
pre-requisite phase (first semester)
MLTS 101 (4) Medical Lab Assisting & Phlebotomy Lab
MLTS 100 (2) Medical Lab Assisting & Phlebotomy
BIOL 201 (3) Principles of Biology I
BIOL 203 Lab (1) Principles of Biology I Lab
MLTS 202 (1) *Urinalysis & Body Fluids
MLTS 204 Lab (1) *Urinalysis and Body Fluids Lab
MATH 110 (3) College Algebra
active content phase (second semester)
BIOL 210 (3) General Microbiology
BIOL 211 Lab {1) General Microbiology Lab
MLTS 102 (3) Hematology
MLTS 104 Lab (1) Hematology Lab
MLTS 210 (3) *Clinical Chemistry
MLTS 211 Lab (1) *Clinical Chemistry Lab
apply for clinical phase (third semester)
BIOL 221 (3) Human Anatomy & Physiology I
BIOL 223 Lab (1) Human Anatomy & Physiology I Lab
CHEM 101 (3) General Chemistry I
MLTS 103 (2) lmmunohematology & Blood Bank
MLTS 105 Lab (1)  lmmunohematology & Blood Bank Lab
MLTS 205 (2) Immunology
clinical phase (fourth semester)
MLTS 200 (3) *Clinical Microbiology
MLTS 201 Lab (1) Clinical Microbiology Lab
MLTS 215 (5) Medical Lab Tech Clinical Practice I
ENGL 101 (3) English Composition I
clinical phase continued (fifth semester)
PSYC 201 (3) Introduction to Psychology
Humanities 240 (3) Humanities Elective
MLTS 225 (5) Medical Lab Tech Clinical Practice II
MLTS 240 (3) Advanced Lab Methods (3 credits)

*Denotes courses taught by ULM professors.

The program is currently seeking accreditation through the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS) Once the program has achieved “serious applicant” status, students will be eligible to sit for the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) certification exam.


Due to the overwhelming response, our MLT Program will not be accepting any new applicants for the cohort beginning in the Fall 2024 Semester. Applications for the next academic year will open March 1st, 2025.

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