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Medical Laboratory Technology


Program Requirements

Demonstrate Math Proficiency at the Elementary Algebra Level by meeting one of the following (within the last five years):

  • Having completed Math 0123 Elementary Algebra (or equivalent).
  • Having scored at least 18 on the math portion of the ACT.
  • Having scored at least 51 on the COMPASS Algebra test.

Reading Requirements for graduation from Rose State College are as follows (within the last five years):

  • Scoring at least 19 on the ACT, or
  • Scoring at least 81 on the COMPASS Reading test, or
  • Taking Reading and Study Skills 1 (READ 1203).

COMPASS Tests are administered at no cost in the Student Service Building. A study guide with practice tests may be requested (see information on the RSC web site (

Grade Requirements for all MLT Program courses, General Education and science prerequisite courses require minimum grade of C or better. Failure to attain the minimum grade in MLT Program courses will result in a stop-out and require readmission to the program. Readmission will be based upon space availability. Students may be readmitted only one time.

Clinical Affiliate Requirements

  1. Extended background check: required upon acceptance to the program. Students are responsible for the cost. The clinical affiliate will determine the acceptance or denial of acceptance to the particular affiliation site, of students who have prior convictions.
  2. Drug Testing: Students who are initially selected as a candidate into a Health Sciences Division program are required to pass a drug test for amphetamines, marijuana, cocaine, PCP, and opiates, before final acceptance into the program will be granted.
  3. One Year Option Clinical Courses:

    • HSML 2412 requires 15-24 hours a week (M,W, F, 5-8 hours)
    • HSML 2518 requires 24 hours a week (M,W, F, 8 hours).
  4. Part-time or Spring Option Clinical Courses:

    • HSML 2405 Requires 15-24 hours per week (M,W, F, 5-8 hours)
    • HSML 2505 Requires 24 hours per week (M,W, F, 8 hours)
    • HSML 2606 is the last clinical rotation of the program, requires eight to ten weeks of 40 hours per week in the hospital, and a capstone Journal Report.
    • Clinical hours may begin as early as 3:30 am.
    • Clinical rotation assignments are determined by the Program Director.
    • Should there be more students than available clinical sites, the Program Director will choose the students who will train according to their GPA on MLT courses.

Clinical site availability: Currently, the MLT Program utilizes numerous clinical sites in the Oklahoma City Metropolitan area in addition to distant sites utilized on an “as needed” basis. See the MLT Advisement for the current list of clinical sites.

Health Documentation Requirements

Prior to the first clinical rotation course (HSML 2412 or HSML) the student must have submitted to the Program Director the following:

  • Proof of rubella and rubeola immunity either by two MMR vaccinations or by laboratory testing showing immunity.
  • Proof of varicella immunity (chickenpox) either by vaccination, laboratory testing showing immunity, or written documentation by a physician or knowledgeable adult (note that some hospitals require only vaccination or laboratory testing).
  • Proof of Hepatitis B vaccination OR laboratory testing showing immunity OR Physician’s statement regarding contraindications precluding vaccination OR signed declination form.
  • Documentation of two negative TB skin tests (read in mm) within the 12 months prior to the rotation OR if a past skin test has been positive, at least one negative chest film since conversion. Note: two skin tests are required, if testing has not been current.
  • Proof of hospitalization insurance OR signed waiver assuming financial responsibility for cost of any emergency care necessary while performing duties as a student in the clinical site.
  • Proof of current Basic Life Support-Course Certification. This is available at Rose State College and the American Red Cross.

Physical & Mental Qualifications

  1. The ability to move around in the work areas.
  2. Vision sufficient to accurately distinguish colors, read, perform procedures, monitor instruments, and perform microscopic procedures.
  3. The coordination and movement ability to manipulate equipment and supplies, e.g. adjusting control knobs, manipulating small items.
  4. The ability to speak, write and comprehend the English language.
  5. The ability to communicate in an effective and professional way with clients and health-care providers.
  6. Auditory acuity sufficient to hear instructions, requests, and monitor equipment.
  7. The ability to use problem-solving skills including the application of concepts.
  8. The ability to follow instructions/regulations.
  9. The ability to reach a level of proficiency necessary to perform with minimal supervision.
  10. The ability to perform in stressful situations that are team-oriented and task-specific.

Latex sensitivity: students with a history of latex sensitivity are cautioned about selecting a career as a healthcare professional. Consultation with a physician is recommended.
* Rose State College will provide reasonable accommodations to persons with disabilities in order for students to have access to educational programs and services. Students with disabilities requiring accommodations should make the initial request one week prior to need for accommodations to the Counselor for Students with Disabilities in the student Development area. See the RSC Student Handbook for further details.

MLT Dress Code Policy

Purpose: To enhance a professional image and instill patient confidence.
Scrubs: Must be worn to MLT Program classes as well as clinical rotations: dark blue cleaned and pressed scrubs, with MLT patch sewn two inches below the shoulder seam on the LEFT sleeve (MLT arm patches are available at the RSC Bookstore).
Shoes/Socks: White, closed toe and heel, non-fabric (athletic shoes with minimal color markings are acceptable).
Labcoats: Needed for all RSC labs and some hospital rotations (check with the assigned hospital site)
Fingernails: Keep natural nails less than ¼ inch long. Remove chipped polish; do not wear red-colored polish, artificial nails or nail extenders.
Jewelry: One pair ear lobe studs only; any other pierced sites must not be in view.
Tattoos: Should be covered and not in view.
Hair: Should be neat, clean, and secured to prevent falling in face. Colored hair should be conservative.
Hygiene: Mouth and body odors should be avoided through daily baths, using deodorant, and dental care (breath mints). Use makeup conservatively.
Headwear/Caps/Scarves: Should not obstruct face or interfere with lab procedures.
Gum And Candy: Do not chew during MLT labs or clinical rotations.
Tobacco Products: Rose State and the hospitals do not allow smoking or any tobacco products (including E cigarettes).

Application Period

Applicants are accepted each fall and spring semester. Applications for the spring semester are accepted until November 15, and April 15, for the fall semester. Late applications may be considered if space is available. Applications may be completed online, or by calling the Health Sciences Division office at (405) 733-7577. See the MLT Advisement section III.F. for sample schedules to complete the program.

Selection Process

  1. Apply to Rose State College: (if not currently enrolled). Submit official transcripts and request a Rose State College MLT Degree Audit (Allow 4-6 weeks). RSC requires a Document Archive Form and 48 hours to retrieve and copy transcripts from previously attended colleges and universities. If planning to complete a bachelor degree in the future, consider completing an Associate Degree in addition to the AAS in Medical LaboratoryTechnology. Students that are interested in a Baccalaureate Degree are encouraged to check with the college that they plan to transfer to for additional class requirements.
  2. Complete a MLT Program Application: Applications may be completed online, or by calling the Health Sciences Division office at (405) 733-7359. Submit transcripts with the application. Submit additional transcripts for courses completed after the application is turned in. Incomplete applications will NOT be processed.
  3. Schedule an information session with the MLT program director: Call (405) 733-7577 to schedule a session. The purpose of the information session is to discuss the MLT Program and devise a schedule of classes. Variation from the schedule of classes could result in delay progression in the program.
  4. Two application periods: The deadline for fall admission is April 15th, and for spring admission, the deadline is November 15. Late applications will be considered if space allows.
  5. Notification of Acceptance: Notification of acceptance will be emailed to student RSC accounts by two months after the deadline dates.
  6. Selection Criteria: 294 points possible
    • Applicant pool ranking will be based on GPA (based on science prerequisite courses-section III.F.)
    • Points for science prerequisites: A=8, B=6, and C=4 (total points possible=128)
    • Points for general ed and Psychology coursework: A=4, B=3, C=2 (total points possible=60)
    • Points for Completion of HSML 1103: A=12, B=9, C=6 (total points possible=36).
    • Points for Health Care work experience (minimum six months): 10 pts (submit documentation).
    • Completion of bachelor degree: 50 points.
    • Administrative Points: 10 points for one of the following if proof is provided:
      • Graduating from Mid-Del, Midwest City, or Carl Albert High School
      • Taking at least 6 of 8 prerequisites at RSC.
      • Reside in Mid-Del Technical Area Education District.
      • Employment in a medical facility or patient care facility in the Mid-Del Technical Area Education District.
  7. Program Accreditation: The Medical LaboratoryTechnology/MLT program is fully accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Medical LaboratorySciences, 8410 W. Bryn Mawr Ave, Suite 60, Chicago, IL 60631. (773) 714-8880. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to sit for American Society of Clinical Pathologist (ASCP) Board of Certification (BOC) for Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT).

Program Costs

Estimated cost of degree: In-state tuition only, refer to current schedule for non-resident tuition rate (tuition subject to change). The illustration below is based on the One Year Fall or Spring Program Option to illustrate all costs involved in degree completion. The estimate considers only 42 credit hours of MLT Program courses. To estimate the cost of general education, Psychology and pre-science requirements multiply 31 hours times the current tuition; and add the average cost of books for two semesters ($600); in addition to the semester fee for labs, parking and student ID.

Application Fee (One Time) 15.00
Tuition and fees (17 credit hours @ 126.90 per hour) 1,827.50
Background Check 45.00
Drug Testing 20.00
Lab fee, parking and student I.D. 27.00
Textbooks (approximate) 280.00
Immunizations 50.00
ASCLS Student Fee (recommended) 28.00
Semester Total (approximate) $2,292.50

Tuition and fees (19 credit hours)


Lab fees, parking and student I.D.


Textbooks (approximate)


Semester Total (approximate)



Tuition and fees (4 credit hours)


Parking and student I.D. 


Semester Total (approximate)



Approximate Grand Total of Expenses: $5,304.00

For more information, please feel free to: 
E-mail the Program Director at:
Phone: (405) 733-7577

Interesting Sites:
American Society for Medical LaboratoryScience (ASCLS)
American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP)
American Society of Clinical Pathology Board of Certification (ASCP)