Medical Laboratory Technology
Overview Of The Medical Laboratory Technology Program
Applications for Fall 2021 will be accepted until program’s capacity has been reached or until the first week of classes.
Students must apply and be formally accepted into the Medical Laboratory Technology program prior to enrolling in any MLT program courses.
Requirements to apply:
The MLT program generally accepts 14 students each fall semester at the Belleville Campus.
The Medical Laboratory Technology program consists of general education courses, MLT pre-fix courses and assigned clinical courses. Specific locations depend on the course type.
General Education Courses
The required general education courses can be taken at the Belleville, Sam Wolf Granite City or Red Bud campuses or online.
Medical Laboratory Technology Courses
The MLT program courses are only offered at the Belleville Campus during the day.
Clinical Experience Courses
Clinical experiences are completed at hospitals and clinical facilities throughout the district and in the St. Louis area. Students are assigned two nine-week clinical experience/practicums in the second year of the program. Students may be required to travel outside the college district for clinical experience courses. Background checks and/or drug testing may be required prior to clinical experiences. Specific clinical placement cannot be guaranteed.
Medical Laboratory Technology Degree program
For details, see the MLT cost sheet
Financial Assistance is available!
Financial aid is available subject to financial need and satisfactory academic progress requirements set by the college.
The student work program does not require financial aid eligibility.
The SWIC Foundation offers more than 200 scholarships based on residency, enrollment and GPA criteria.
MLT courses are only offered during the day. The program can be completed in four semesters and two summers.
(Course schedule is primarily general education courses during the first year.)
MATH 097 or MATH 112 – schedule chosen by student
Two days per week
Two days per week
MLT classes are three days a week, 8 a.m. to noon
First eight weeks of MLT classes are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Second nine weeks – 40 hours/week clinical experience
First eight weeks of MLT classes are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Second nine weeks – Combination of clinical experience and on campus simulation lab. Five days a week with either hour days at clinical or mornings for campus simulation lab.
The SWIC Medical Laboratory Technology program is accredited by:
The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
5600 N River Road, Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018
Verification of accreditation can be viewed at the NAACLS website.
The program’s curriculum is guided by the standards developed by the NAACLS. Our accreditation status means that SWIC has met the NAACLS’s required standards and assures the public that our curriculum will graduate competent clinicians. SWIC’s MLT program has received the maximum seven year accreditation status since the program’s inception. It also allows SWIC MLT graduates to take the National Board of Certification exam, which most employers require.
View the Medical Laboratory Technology program’s student outcomes summary data.
National Certification Exam
Upon successful completion of the MLT curriculum, graduates are awarded an Associate in Applied Science degree in Medical Laboratory Technology and are eligible to take a national certification examination. The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) and the American Medical Technologist (AMT) both offer national certification testing, which earns technicians the title of Certified Medical Laboratory Technician.
Regulations vary from state to state, but certification is highly recommended because many employers require it within one year after graduation.
Certification Pass Rate
The SWIC graduate certification pass rate average over the past three years is 100 percent.
The MLT Handbook is available to review by perspective students and anyone else interested.
For more information, please fill out the form on the contact page.