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Medical Laboratory Technology


The Medical Laboratory Technology Program offered by Rose State College consists of 31 credit hours in General Education, Psychology and science prerequisites plus 42 credit hours of Medical Laboratory Technology Program courses (Total credit hours required = 73). There are two entry options: fall and spring.

As a professional technician MLT students learn to conduct lab tests that aid physicians in their diagnosis, management and treatment of disease. Students learn how to perform laboratory tests in chemistry, hematology, microbiology, and various other clinical areas. The graduate of an accredited Medical Laboratory Technology Program is qualified to perform highly complex laboratory tests in a variety of settings: physician's office, clinic, hospital laboratory, research facility.

At Rose State College, you'll study with the best!  Professor Carlo Ledesma was named one of the Top 25 Phlebotomy Professors in the nation. 

Mission Statement

The Medical Laboratory Technology/MLT Program is a community college based program providing education and training for career entry competencies in all general clinical laboratory areas and preparation for the successful completion of national board exams.

Program Goals & Competencies

  1. To safely collect, process, perform and report routine clinical laboratory tests on biological specimens and other substances, with precision and accuracy under minimal supervision within a reasonable length of time.
  2. To understand and apply the aspects of quality improvement related to the laboratory; performing and monitoring standard quality control methods and learning trouble shooting and problem solving in order to take corrective action as necessary.
  3. To recognize abnormal values and apply appropriate procedures.
  4. To correlate didactic instruction with laboratory results in the diagnosis and treatment of patients.
  5. To perform routine maintenance, standardization and calibration procedures.
  6. To use safety precautions whenever handling biohazard substances.
  7. To instill the concept of total patient care and the role of the laboratory in this concept.
  8. To communicate well with all levels of personnel.
  9. To demonstrate professional conduct, adhere to patient safety guidelines and to utilize appropriate communication skills.
  10. To practice within the profession’s ethical and legal framework by assuming responsibility and accountability for one’s own laboratory practice and continued professional and self-development.


The Rose State College Medical Laboratory Technology Program is accredited by:

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
5600 N. River Rd. Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119

Class Size

Usually around 20 students are accepted into the program each year; however, the exact number is determined by the number of clinical sites available for completion of the medical laboratory science courses (see APPLICANT SELECTION PROCESS OR the MLT Advisement section III.G.). Should there be more students than available clinical sites, the Program Director will select the students who will perform clinical site rotations, according to their GPA on MLT courses.

Program Hours

  1. Medical Laboratory Technology/MLT courses (HSML) are offered during the day only.
  2. General education courses and basic health science courses are offered during the day or evening. (Refer to III.F.)

Program Length

Several options are available based on the student’s needs. Pre-requisite General Education, Psychology, and Science courses should be completed prior to beginning the MLT Program (see III.F for the list of 31 credit hour required courses). Program courses (HSML) should be taken in sequence based on the option chosen. All Program courses (HSML) from the prior semester must be completed to progress to the next semester. Please note those courses requiring prerequisite course work located in the Rose State Catalog.

One-Year Option Fall or Spring entry: With the recommendation of the Program Director, the student will take all Program courses in one year. See PROGRAM CURRICULUM or the MLT Advisement, Section III.F. for One Year Option program course offering.

Two-Year Part-time Option: For students who would like to take the MLT Program courses on a part-time basis. See PROGRAM CURRICULUM or the MLT Advisement, Section III.F. for Two Year Part-time Option course offering.

MLT Advisement (PDF) 


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Program Faculty

Carlo Ledesma
Carlo Ledesma
Director of Phlebotomy and Medical Lab Technology Health Sciences Division
(405) 733-7577
Josie King
Josie King
Professor Health Sciences Division
(405) 733-7517