Medical Laboratory Technician

McLennan's Medical Laboratory Technician program is a two-year associate degree program that prepares students to fulfill an important role in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of disease. An essential part of the health care team, the highly skilled MLT provides vital data that helps physicians determine the best treatment for their patients. Although the MLT is often not personally involved with patients, he or she plays a critical role in providing care for the patient. Using manual techniques, technology and sophisticated instrumentation, MLTs examine and analyze body fluids, tissues and cells, as well as identify infective microorganisms. They analyze the chemical constituents of body fluids, identify blood clotting abnormalities, cross-match donor blood for transfusions, and test blood for drug levels in order to measure the efficacy of treatment.

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Phlebotomy Occupational Skills Award

McLennan also offers a Occupational Skills Award in Phlebotomy that trains students to be specialized members of the health care team who is trained to collect, transport and process blood specimens for analysis. The program is completed in one semester and no academic prerequisites are required for the program.

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Mission Statement

The mission of McLennan's Medical Laboratory Technician program is to provide a comprehensive range of quality education and training for students. Through classroom, laboratory and clinical hours* at hospitals and laboratories, students learn to perform diagnostic laboratory tests in hematology, immunology, coagulation, immunohematology, microbiology, clinical chemistry, and urinalysis/body fluids.

Upon graduation, students are eligible to take a national certifying examination for Medical Laboratory Technicians. Students may also choose to continue their studies to obtain a bachelor's degree from The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) through the University Center at MCC.

*To participate in clinical rotations, the student must have a completed immunization record and CPR certification approved by the American Heart Association.

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Contact Alisa Petree at 254-299-8406 or

For students in this program who may have a criminal background, please be advised that the background could keep you from being licensed by the State of Texas. If you have a question about your background and licensure, please speak with your faculty member or program director. You also have the right to request a criminal history evaluation letter from the applicable licensing agency.