Associate in Science
This is a Limited Access program.
The mission of the Associate in Science in Medical Laboratory Technology (AS-MLT) program is to provide access to an affordable high-quality educational program designed to train and educate competent and ethical entry-level clinical laboratory professionals in partnership with affiliated healthcare institutions. The program focuses on comprehension and mastery of the profession's body of knowledge in conjunction with clinical skill development.
This program enables graduates to sit for the national certification exams and to be licensed through the State of Florida, Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel, Department of Health. Students may be admitted fall semester. Students may find it difficult to work during the professional phase of the program due to clinical demands. Students will be expected to perform in a professional manner during the campus and clinical phases and must have excellent coordination skills.
A minimum grade of "C" or better must be achieved in all professional coursework and students must complete all campus-based courses with a grade point average of 2.5 or better before entering the clinical phase of their education.
The three year average pass rate on the ASCP exam is 91% (National means for these years were 77.8%, 78.9% and 77.42%).
Medical laboratory technicians/technologists play an important role in the diagnosis and management of disease. Medical laboratory professionals have unlimited choices of practice settings: hospitals, reference laboratories, clinics, business, and industry. Areas of scientific exploration open to students are the immune system, cell marker technology, and cancer research. In the clinical area, drug testing, therapeutic drug monitoring, and biogenetics are a few of the specialties with openings. For a qualified laboratory professional, the possibilities are as limitless as the imagination. Visit the Medical Lab Tech Career Network at aftercollege.com/groups/listings.asp?id=166731944 to view sample job opportunities and career resources.
For additional information about a rewarding career as a medical laboratory technician, contact the Board of Certification, American Society for Clinical Pathologists, P.O. Box 12270, Chicago, IL 60612 or ascp.org/content/board-of-certification.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics: "Employment of medical laboratory technologists is projected to grow 14 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Employment of medical laboratory technicians is projected to grow 30 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations."
Upon completion of coursework, Florida State College at Jacksonville does not guarantee employment or salary in a given field of study. Any jobs or salaries mentioned are given as examples of potential employment not a representation of guaranteed income. Graduates may need to seek employment outside the local area.
The Medical Laboratory Technology program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) at 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, Illinois 60018-5119, (773) 714-8880.
- Applicants to the program must be admitted to Florida State College at Jacksonville.
- Complete the required program prerequisite coursework.
- Complete the Medical Laboratory Technology program application.
- Prior to acceptance into the program students must complete a background check and drug screen.
Prior to contact with patients or patient specimens, students must furnish both proof of childhood and hepatitis B immunizations. Contact program director for additional information.
Note: Admissions preference is given to fully qualified candidates who have met all entrance criteria, including the satisfaction of prerequisite courses. Should seats remain available in the program cohort, applicants who fulfill admissions criteria prior to the start of the program will be considered next, followed by those with the highest number of completed prerequisite courses. Qualified applicants with pending prerequisite course requirements will receive a conditional acceptance letter outlining the remaining criteria for full program admission.
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