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Medical Laboratory Technician Pre-Admission Conference

Thanks for you interest in Medical Laboratory Technician program at SCC!

This is a required session that you must view when applying to the Medical Laboratory Technician Program.

At the end of the program, you will need to complete and email the MLT Pre-Admission Conference form and Signed Statement of Understanding to Donna Ratliff at A letter of Intent must also be emailed to Donna Ratliff. These forms are essential-without them in your file, you will not be considered for the program.

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The Medical Laboratory Technician program at SCC is accredited by The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).  

5600 N. River Road, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119 

Graduates receiving their degrees meet the requirements to take the American Society of Clinical Pathologist Board of Certification.


  • Program completion requires 4 semesters of MLT courses.  General education classes may be taken while in the MLT Program or can be completed before admission to the MLT Program. There are some general education courses that must be finished before advancing to the following semester.
  • Program completion requires 2 years of instruction after formal admission to the program.
  • The MLT Program is a Selective Admission Program. 
  • 15 students are admitted every Fall.
  • The MLT program combines academic, laboratory and clinical courses.
  • You must maintain a “C” average in ALL MLT and PHB courses.


  • Adequate visual acuity and color perception, such as is needed to perform microscopic examinations, distinguish color reaction and to detect antigen antibody reactions.
  • Sufficient strength, gross and fine motor coordination.
  • Sufficient verbal and written communication skills.
  • Sufficient intellectual, emotional, and physical functions to plan and implement laboratory duties responsibly.


The Kentucky Community and Technical College System is committed to a policy of providing educational opportunities to all qualified students regardless of economic or social status, and will not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, marital status, beliefs, age, national origin, sexual orientation, or physical or mental disability. 



The MLT Program provides educational opportunities for students, enabling them to attain the following goals:

  • Define/identify the basic principles, procedures and fundamental characteristics related to microbiology, hematology, chemistry, body fluids, immunology and blood bank.
  • Select/prepare/perform laboratory procedures including specimen collection, instrumentation, reagents and controls related to microbiology, hematology, chemistry, body fluids, immunology and blood bank.
  • Problem solve and calculate results from supplied information and/or obtained data as related to microbiology, hematology, chemistry, body fluids, immunology and blood bank.
  • Associate laboratory finding, clinical information and quality control data in order to determine accuracy of routine test results related to microbiology, hematology, chemistry, body fluids, immunology and blood bank.
  • Conduct themselves in a professional manner concerning matters such as attendance, professional dress and neatness, proper communication with others, observing ethical considerations as confidential, and to accept constructive criticism of their performance.
  • Provide a foundation in general education.



General Education Required Courses (30 hours)
Class Credit hours
ENG 101 - Writing 1 3
*MAT 110  - Applied Mathematics 3
*BIO 135 - Basic Anatomy & Physiology w/Lab 4
PSY 110 - General Psychology 3
*CHE 130 - Introduction to Chemistry 4
BIO 225 - Medical Microbiology 4
Heritage/Humanities 3
Oral Communications 3
Computer Literacy 3
Total 30

*Substitutions may be allowed for these classes.  Check with Program Coordinator  to discuss what may be substituted.

Technical Courses Required (38 hours)
Class Credit hours

MLT 101 - Introduction to Laboratory Techniques


MLT 112 - Urinalysis


MLT 115 - Serology


MLT 205 - Clinical Microbiology I


MLT 206 - Clinical Microbiology II


MLT 215 - Hematology I


MLT 216 - Hematology II


MLT 227 - Immunohematology


MLT 233 - Clinical Chemistry I


MLT 234 - Clinical Chemistry II


MLT 278 - Practicum I


MLT 279 - Practicum II


PHB 151 - Phlebotomy


PHB 152 - Phlebotomy Clinical Experience





Students who successfully complete the AAS in MLT are eligible for the Phlebotomy for the Healthcare Worker Certificate as well as the degree.

Required Courses for Phlebotomy for the Healthcare Worker 

  • MLT 101 - Introduction to Clinical Laboratory Techniques - 3 credits
  • PHB 151 - Phlebotomy - 1 credit
  • PHB 152 - Phlebotomy Clinical Experience - 1 credit

The Phlebotomy for the Healthcare Worker Certificate may be obtained without being admitted to the MLT program. There is a limited number of spaces in the courses for the certificate due to available laboratory space.

The Phlebotomy for the Healthcare Worker Certificate is not accredited by NAACLS.

**The curriculum outlined during this information session is current but can change at any time.  It is important that you meet with a program faculty advisor each semester to ensure you are taking all required courses**

The MLT Program clinical classes (MLT 278 and MLT 279) are in the Fall semester and Spring semester of the sophomore year.  
  • Clinical sites are located in many areas both in and out of Somerset 
  • Students cannot request a specific clinical site and are not guaranteed rotations at specific sites closest to their home
  • Class and clinical schedules are non-negotiable and will vary each semester
  • All students should expect to have to drive to out of town clinical sites
  • Students cannot leave a clinical site without permission from a  clinical instructor
  • Advent Health-Manchester, Ky.
  • Baptist Health-Corbin, KY
  • Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center-Danville, Ky.
  • Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital-Somerset, KY.
  • Rockcastle Regional Hospital-Mt. Vernon, Ky.
  • Russell County Hospital-Russell Springs, Ky.
  • Saint Joseph Hospital-London, Ky.
  • Taylor County Regional Hospital, Campbellsville, Ky.
  • TJ Samson-Glasgow, KY.
  • Wayne County Hospital-Monticello, Ky.

**This list is subject to change without notice.**

The MLT Program students are guest at the clinical site. The clinical site has the ability to ask the student to leave at any time.

As a MLT student you represent Somerset Community College, the MLT Program and the MLT profession.

Remember, you are being evaluated.  You want to think of clinical as an extended job interview.

  • The MLT Program is a selective admissions program.
  • 15 students are admitted each Fall semester.
  • The Admission Committee does not meet until after the spring semester grades are posted.  Therefore, courses completed during the spring semester are used in the admission process.
  • When the Admission Committee meets, a points sheet is completed on each applicant and the top 15 applicants are recommended to the President and/or their designee for admission.
  • Official letters of admission come from the Provost’s office.  The applicant should receive notification of either acceptance, non-acceptance or alternant status in June.

Admission Criteria

Preference may be given to applicants with:

  • ACT composite score of 19 or higher
  • Ranking in the upper half of their graduating class or with score of 50 or above on GED
  • Cumulative 2.5 GPA or higher taking full time load
  • Kentucky resident
  • Successful completion of Phlebotomy for the Healthcare Worker Certificate
  • Successful completion of developmental course work

Admission Process

The following materials must be submitted to the Admissions/Records office by May 15.

  • Application for admission to SCC.  (This is only for an application to the college; it is not an application to the MLT Program).
  • Official high school transcript or a passing GED official score report
  • Transcripts of all post-secondary education or training
  • Results of the ACT or ACT Residual examination report
  • Letter written to the MLT Program Coordinator stating intent to be admitted to the program must be submitted to the MLT Program Coordinator by May 15. The letter may be emailed to
  • Submitting the MLT Program Pre-Admission Conference form and Statement of Understanding by May 15. These may be emailed to
  • Tuition/Textbooks/Disposable Lab Coat/Liability Insurance/Scrubs
  • Immunizations or Titers showing immunity to the following
  • HBV Series or signed declination form, TB Skin Test, or Interferon Gamma Release Assay Blood Test or Chest X-ray, MMR, Tdap, Varicella or medical documentation, Influenza
  • Complete and turn in when prompted by the MLT Program Coordinator
  • Drug screen
  • Background check

**This list is not inclusive-simply a guideline**

  • Completed clinical site’s orientation requirements

The Medical Laboratory Technician program is progressive in nature. In order to successfully complete this program; the student must meet the requirements for each semester in order to proceed to the next semester.  

For program questions, 

Donna Ratliff, MAED, MT (ASCP), or (606)-451-6845.

  • For transfer information, please contact the registrar’s office at SCC
  • For ACT scheduling, please contact the assessment center at SCC. (606)-451-6850, or toll free (877)-629-9722, ext. 16
  • For financial aid questions, please contact a financial aid officer at SCC
  • Consult with a advisor every semester to register for classes

Program Contact Information

Donna Ratliff
MLT Program Coordinator
Office: Blakley Building - Room 305
Phone: 606-451-6845

Tanya Cowan
Health Science Division Assistant
Office: Blakley Building - Room 301 
Phone: 606-451-6764