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Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

The MLT Program of Maine admits a maximum of 30 new students (15 at UMPI and 15 at UMA) in the fall semester of each academic year.

In order to be considered for the MLT program, you must do the following:

Complete the following prerequisites

  • High School Diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (GED)
  • High School Biology with lab (grade of C or higher)
    • or BIO 110 Introduction to Biology w/ lab (grade of C or higher)
  • High School Chemistry with lab (grade of C or higher)
    • or CHY 100 Fundamentals of Chemistry w/ lab (grade of C or higher)
  • ENG 100 Introduction to Academic Reading & Writing, or course waiver
  • Meet general admission requirements of the University
  • Submit an application to the home University
  • Provide official transcripts of all colleges attended. Courses with a grade of “C-” or better should transfer to the University.  Note: The MLT Program is science-intensive and students must achieve a minimum grade of 77% or C+ in all science courses.
  • Meet the minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in courses completed at UMPI/UMA

Note: Students interested in the program who do not meet the entrance requirements are invited to contact one of the Program Co-Directors, the advising department, or the admissions office for assistance in identifying methods to obtain necessary courses required for the program.

Required Essay

We ask all potential MLT students to write an essay addressing the following questions.

  • Why are you interested in the MLT Program? You may comment on previous experiences (work or personal) that have influenced your decision to enter this field.
  • What qualities do you possess that will help you to be a good MLT?
  • What are your professional goals?

Lab Tour

It is highly recommended that if you have not had an opportunity to visit a clinical laboratory, please contact program administration for more information on scheduling a visit.

Further Education

MLT graduates may upgrade their professional certification to Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) by transferring into the BA Biology program.

Additional Requirements Following Admission

For your information, if you are accepted to the MLT Program of Maine, you will need to complete the following requirements:

Criminal Background Checks

MLT students entering the clinical rotation component of the program must have a completed current criminal background check on file.  If a student’s criminal background check returns evidence of a felony criminal conviction or other serious charges that could result in a clinical affiliate denying clinical rotation access to that student, a review of the situation will be conducted by the program director. Students are advised in MLT 103 that the majority of our clinical affiliates require evidence/validation of a criminal background check as per clinical affiliate/college contract agreements. If a student has a criminal history, the clinical affiliate has the right to deny that student access to its facility and the program must disclose such information to the affiliate and allow the affiliate the right to deny or approve access to said clinical affiliate. Failure to be placed in a clinical rotation would prevent the student from completing the MLT clinical program.  In the event that the student feels that an error has been made in the results of the criminal background check, it is the responsibility of the student to contact the external vendor for a verification check.

Student Health Record

MLT students entering the clinical rotation component of the program must have a complete Health Record Form on file with the program that was completed no more than 12 months prior to the beginning of the clinical rotation. Students are advised in MLT 103 that all of our clinical affiliates require evidence/validation of immunizations and health records. The MLT Program has a standard health records form that must be completed by an approved medical provider. The following information must be completed as part of this process:

  • Two Step PPD process (evidence of Neg TB screen)
  • Evidence of immunization history
  • Required Titer levels
  • Hepatitis B vaccine or waiver form
  • Physician Evaluation

If you have any questions or concerns regarding these requirements, please contact the MLT Program Co-Director.

Sample Curriculum

UMA Degrees are flexible. Here is a sample of how you could complete your MLT degree.

First Year – Summer Semester

Course Number – UMPI Course Number – UMA Course Name Credits
MLT 105 MLT 105 Urinalysis 3
MLT 103 MLT 103 Phlebotomy 2
MLT 104** MLT 104** Phlebotomy Practicum
(2 weeks)
1
Total 5-6

**Strongly Recommended Elective

First Year – Fall Semester

Course Number – UMPI Course Number – UMA Course Name Credits
FYS 100 n/a First Year Seminar 1
BIO 112 BIO 110 General Biology I 4
BIO 261 BIO 210 Human A&P 4
CHY 111 CHY 115 General Chemistry I 4
MLT 100 MLT 100 Clinical Chemistry I 3
Total UMPI = 16   UMA = 15

First Year – Spring Semester

Course Number – UMPI Course Number – UMA Course Name Credits
MAT 101 MAT 115 Basic Statistics 3
CHY 122 CHY 116 General Chemistry II 4
MLT 203 MLT 203 Clinical Chemistry II & Immunology 3
BIO 316 BIO 321 General Microbiology 4
ENG 101 ENG 101 College Composition I 3
Total 17

Second Year – Summer Semester

Course Number – UMPI Course Number – UMA Course Name Credits
MLT 206 MLT 206 Hematology/Coagulation 4
PSY 100 PSY 100 General Psychology 3
Total 7

 

Second Year – Fall Semester

Course Number – UMPI Course Number – UMA Course Name Credits
MLT 204 MLT 204 Clinical Microbiology 4
MLT 205 MLT 205 Immunohematology 4
ENG 121 ENG 102W

UMPI: College Composition II

UMA: Introduction to Literature

3
PCJ 215/COM 210 COM Elective Business Communication 3
Total 14

 

Second Year – Spring Semester

Course Number – UMPI Course Number – UMA Course Name Credits
MLT 395 MLT 395 Hospital Practicum 12
Total 12

First Year – Fall Semester

Course Number – UMPI Course Number – UMA Course Name Credits
FYS 100 n/a First Year Seminar 1
BIO 112 BIO 110 General Biology I 4
CHY 111 CHY 115 General Chemistry I 4
ENG 101 ENG 101 College Composition I 3
Total UMPI = 12   UMA = 11

First Year – Spring Semester

Course Number – UMPI Course Number – UMA Course Name Credits
CHY 122 CHY 116 General Chemistry II 4
MAT 101 MAT 115 Basic Statistics 3
ENG 121 ENG 102W

UMPI:  College Composition II

UMA:  Introduction to Literature

3
May add class Recommend BA-Bio requirement 3-4
Total 13-14

First Year – Summer Semester

Course Number – UMPI Course Number – UMA Course Name Credits
MLT 105 MLT 105 Urinalysis 3
MLT 103 MLT 103 Phlebotomy 2
MLT 104** MLT 104** Phlebotomy Practicum (2 weeks) 1
Total 5-6

**Strongly Recommended Elective

Second Year – Fall Semester

Course Number – UMPI Course Number – UMA Course Name Credits
MLT 100 MLT 100 Clinical Chemistry I 3
PSY 100 PSY 100 General Psychology 3
BIO 261 BIO 210 Human A&P 4
PCJ 215/COM 210 COM Elective Business Communication 3
Total 13

Second Year – Spring Semester

Course Number – UMPI Course Number – UMA Course Name Credits
MLT 203 MLT 203 Clinical Chemistry II & Immunology 3
BIO 316 BIO 321 General Microbiology 4
May add class Recommend BA-Bio requirement 6-8
Total 13-15

 

Second Year – Summer Semester

Course Number – UMPI Course Number – UMA Course Name Credits
MLT 206 MLT 206 Hematology/Coagulation 4
May add class Recommend BA-Bio requirement 3
Total 7

 

Third Year – Fall Semester

Course Number – UMPI Course Number – UMA Course Name Credits
MLT 204 MLT 204 Clinical Microbiology 4
MLT 205 MLT 205 Immunohematology 4
May add class Recommend BA-Bio requirement 3-6
Total 11-14

 

Third Year – Spring Semester

Course Number – UMPI Course Number – UMA Course Name Credits
MLT 395 MLT 395 Hospital Practicum 12
Total 12

Course Descriptions

Courses are subject to change. View the official UMA Catalog here

MLT 100 CLINICAL CHEMISTRY I  (UMPI)

3 credits. Prerequisites: Admission to the MLT Program or permission of the instructor. Topics include: laboratory math, quality control, theory of instrumentation, carbohydrates, electrolytes, mineral balance, renal function, lipids and arterial blood gases.  Emphasis will be placed on the lab analysis of blood using spectrophotometers and correlation of laboratory test results with normal physiology and disease states. Fee.

MLT 103 PHLEBOTOMY  (UMA)

2 credits.  Prerequisites: Admission to the MLT Program or permission of the instructor. Orientation to the field of medical laboratory including professionalism and ethics, laboratory safety, and medical terminology. An introduction to blood collection: safety precautions, types of specimens, collection and handling techniques. Routine venipuncture and dermal puncture equipment and procedures as well as special situations and additional techniques used to accommodate them.  Offered first summer of the Program.

MLT 104 PHLEBOTOMY CLINICAL PRACTICUM (UMA and UMPI)

1 credit.  Prerequisites: MLT 103 and permission of the instructor.  Practicum in phlebotomy utilizing the laboratory facilities and staff at MaineGeneral Medical Center and clinical affiliated hospitals. The fundamentals of specimen collection, specimen processing and handling with a minimum performance of 100 successful unaided blood collections including venipuncture and skin punctures will be performed. Offered first summer of the Program.

MLT 105 URINALYSIS (UMPI)

3 credits: Prerequisites: Admission to the MLT Program.  The course prepares students to perform a complete urinalysis, which includes physical, chemical and microscopic analysis.  Topics explore anatomy and physiology of the urinary system and its functions, urine formation and the procedures used in analysis of urines and body fluids, and the correlation of abnormal findings with disease states. Offered first summer of the Program.  Fee.

MLT 203 CLINICAL CHEMISTRY II and IMMUNOLOGY (UMPI)

3 credits.  Prerequisites: MLT100 or permission of the instructor. Topics include: the analysis of proteins, enzymes, laboratory markers of cardiac damage and function, liver function, hormones, therapeutic drug monitoring, toxicology and body fluids.  Emphasis will be placed on the correlation of laboratory test results with normal physiology and disease states. Fee.

MLT 204 CLINICAL MICROBIOLOGY (UMA)

4 credits.  Prerequisites: BIO 316, MLT 206.  Consideration of pathological forms of microbes including their morphological, physiological, and nutritive characteristics, and the correlation of abnormal findings with disease states. Some emphasis will be given to mycology and parasitology. Three 2-day intensive labs and/or review sessions.

MLT 205 IMMUNOHEMATOLOGY (UMPI)

4 credits.  Prerequisites: MLT 206. Fundamentals of immunohematology with emphasis on antigens and antibodies of ABO, Rh and other blood group systems, antibody identification, pre-transfusion practices, donor screening, preparation of components and adverse effects of transfusion.  Routine serological tests and quality control are included. Four intensive labs and/or review sessions. Fee.

MLT 206 HEMATOLOGY/COAGULATION (UMA)

4 credits. Prerequisites: MLT 105, 203 or permission of the instructor. Identification of blood cell types and their enumeration of body fluids. Various red cell and white cell disorders are discussed. Coagulation including routine coagulation tests, coagulation disorders, and anticoagulant therapy is covered. Three intensive labs and/or review sessions.  Offered second summer of the Program.

MLT 395 HOSPITAL PRACTICUM (UMA and UMPI)

12 credits. Prerequisites MLT 100-206. A supervised clinical practicum in hematology, coagulation, blood banking, serology, urinalysis, clinical chemistry, and microbiology utilizing the laboratory facilities and staff at various clinical affiliates around the state.

MLT Program of Maine Technical Standards

The MLT Program of Maine has established minimum essential requirements (separate from academic standards for admission), which every student must meet, with or without reasonable accommodations, in order to participate fully in all aspects of training and eventual employment in the clinical laboratory setting. These essential requirements are divided into observational, movement, communication, intellectual, and behavioral categories.

Observational – Ability to participate actively in all demonstrations, laboratory activities, and clinical experiences in the professional program component. Such observation and information requires functional use of visual, auditory, and somatic sensations.

  • Observe laboratory demonstrations in which biologicals (i.e. body fluids, culture materials, tissue sections, and cellular specimens) are tested for their biochemical, hematological, immunological, microbiological, and histochemical components.
  • Characterize the color, odor, clarity, and viscosity of biologicals, reagents, or chemical reaction products.
  • Employ a clinical binocular microscope to discriminate among fine structural and color (hue, shading, and intensity) differences of microscope specimens.
  • Read and comprehend text, numbers, and graphs displayed in print and on a video monitor.

Movement – Sufficient motor ability to execute the movement and skills required for safe and effective performance of duties.

  • Move freely and safely about a laboratory.
  • Reach laboratory benchtops and shelves, patients lying in hospital beds, or patients seated in specimen collection furniture.
  • Travel to clinical laboratory sites for practical experience.
  • Perform moderately taxing continuous work, often requiring prolonged sitting or standing, over several hours.
  • Maneuver phlebotomy and culture acquisition equipment to safely collect valid laboratory specimens from patients.
  • Possess finger and manual dexterity necessary to control laboratory equipment (i.e. pipettes, inoculating loops, test tubes), adjust instruments to perform laboratory procedures, such as handling small tools and/or parts to repair and correct equipment malfunctions, and transferring drops into tubes of small diameter.
  • Use a computer keyboard to operate laboratory instruments and to calculate, record, evaluate, and transmit laboratory information.

Communication – Ability to communicate effectively in English using verbal, non-verbal, and written formats with faculty, other students, clients, families, and all members of the healthcare team.

  • Read and comprehend technical and professional materials (i.e. textbooks, magazine and journal articles, handbooks, and instruction manuals)
  • Follow verbal and written instructions in order to correctly and independently perform laboratory procedures.
  • Clearly instruct patients prior to specimen collection.
  • Effectively, confidentially, and sensitively converse with patients regarding laboratory tests.
  • Communicate with faculty members, fellow students, staff, and other health professionals verbally and in recorded format.
  • Independently prepare papers, prepare laboratory reports, and take paper, computer, and laboratory practical examinations.

Intellectual – Ability to collect, interpret, and integrate information and make decisions.

  • Possess these intellectual skills: comprehension, measurement, mathematical calculation, reasoning, integration, analysis, comparison, self-expression, and criticism.
  • Be able to exercise sufficient judgment to recognize and correct performance deviations.
  • Apply knowledge to new situations and to problem-solving scenarios.

Behavioral – Possess the emotional health and stability required for full utilization of the student’s intellectual abilities, the exercise of professional judgment, the prompt completion of all academic and patient care responsibilities, and the development of mature, sensitive and effective relationships with faculty, fellow students, clinical instructors, patients, and other members of the healthcare team.

  • Manage heavy academic schedules and deadlines.
  • Be able to manage the use of time and be able to systematize actions in order to complete professional and technical tasks within realistic constraints.
  • Demonstrate appropriate judgment and effectively employ intellect under conditions of stress.
  • Be able to provide professional and technical services while experiencing the stresses of task-related uncertainty (i.e. ambiguous test ordering, ambivalent test interpretation), emergent demands (i.e. stat test orders), and a distracting environment (i.e. high noise levels, crowding, complex visual stimuli).
  • Be flexible and creative and adapt to professional and technical change.
  • Recognize potentially hazardous materials, equipment, and situations and proceed safely in order to minimize risk of injury to patients, self, and nearby individuals.
  • Adapt to working with unpleasant biologicals.
  • Support and promote the activities of fellow students and of healthcare professionals. Promotion of peers helps furnish a team approach to learning, task completion, problem-solving, and patient care.
  • Be honest, compassionate, ethical, and responsible. Accept responsibility and accountability for one’s own actions. The student must be forthright about errors or uncertainty. The student must be able to critically evaluate her or his own performance, accept constructive criticism, and look for ways to improve (i.e. participate in enriched educational activities). The student must be able to evaluate the performance of fellow students and tactfully offer constructive comments.
  • Show respect for diversity: works well with individuals of different age, ethnic background, religion, sexual orientation and/or educational backgrounds.
  • Exhibit professional behavior by conforming to appropriate standards of dress, appearance, language, and public behavior.

Adapted from Fritsma, George A., Fiorella, Beverly J. & Murphy, Maryrose. (Jan/Feb. 1996). Essential Requirements for Clinical Laboratory Science. Clinical Laboratory Science, 9, 40-43.
Revised: July 22, 2014

MLT Program of Maine – Student Performance Outcomes

Graduates of the MLT Program of Maine are eligible for national certification as Medical Laboratory Technicians (MLTs).

ASCP Board of Certification Results – NAACLS Benchmark 75%

Year Number of Program Graduates Number of first-time ASCP examinees Number of first-time ASCP examinees that passed Percentage of first-time ASCP examinees that passed within the 1st year
2018 12 9 9 100%
2019 7 5 5 100%
2020 15 14 12 86%

Graduation Rates – NAACLS Benchmark 70%

Year UMPI Graduation Rate UMA Graduation Rate % Graduation (Combined)
2018 3 of 3 = 100% 9 of 10 = 90% 92%
2019 3 of 4 = 75% 4 of 4= 100% 88%
2020 9 of 9 = 100% 6 of 7 = 86% 94%

Graduate Placement Rates – NAACLS Benchmark 70%

Year Number of Program Graduates Graduates working in the Lab field within 12 months post-graduation Graduates continuing their education  % Placement 
2018 12 11 1 92%
2019 7 6 1 86%
2020 15 15 2 100%

Complaints & Appeals

Complaints from external parties or individuals, including clinical sites, employers, or the public, related to the program, faculty or students should be forwarded to the program administration. The program administration will review the nature of the complaint and determine the appropriate response. The program administration will respond to legitimate complaints in a timely fashion by phone, email, or in person.

Issues involving wider University policies will be discussed by the faculty and brought to the attention of the appropriate University administrator. The MLT Program of Maine follows University policy for complaints and appeals.

The program administration will place all complaints eliciting a response from program faculty or University administration in a secure file.