Prospective Students



Required Course Prerequisites:

  • Bio 131 - General biology with a grade of C or better within the last 5 years
  • High school or college Chemistry with a lab, with a grade of C or better with in the last 5 years

Required Testing:

  • Eligible for ENG 101; eligibility may be demonstrated through placement, current enrollment, or previous college coursework
  • Eligible for MAT 177; eligibility may be demonstrated through placement, current enrollment, or previous college coursework

Required Documents:

  • Official college transcripts (required from all colleges attended, except Middlesex Community College)

Admission Notes:

  • Admission to the program is competitive.
  • The Admission Committee will review applications in their entirety. In addition to the admission requirements listed above, successful applicants will have documented success in science courses. Academic history will also be considered and students are required to have a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA.
  • Non-Massachusetts residents will be admitted on a space-available basis only.

Please Note: Applicants with previous college coursework in Anatomy & Physiology and Chemistry may be eligible for a waiver of the required course prerequisites, upon review of official transcripts.


Standard (Essential) Skills for Medical Laboratory Technology:

The following is a list of standard and/or technical skills required for performing duties in the medical laboratory field. These skills are not conditions for admission to the program, but do indicate abilities and characteristics necessary for successful completion of the medical laboratory technician program, and to perform the duties of the career upon graduation.

  • Demonstrate sufficient motor skills to manipulate and operate all equipment and instruments found in the clinical laboratory. Such motor skills should include but may not be limited to the following:
    • Ability to grasp, turn and otherwise manipulate equipment with both hands.
    • Possess finger and manual dexterity necessary to control laboratory equipment (i.e. pipettes, inoculating loops, test tubes) and adjust instrument to perform laboratory procedures.
    • Ability to stand and move between different clinical departments in the laboratory.
    • Ability to approach and position the patient when necessary for laboratory procedures.
    • Use a computer keyboard to operate laboratory instruments and to calculate, record, evaluate, and transmit laboratory information.
  • Display the verbal and written skills necessary to effectively respond and communicate with patients, peers and other campus and clinical personnel.
    • Read and comprehend technical and professional materials.
    • Follow verbal and written instructions in order to correctly and independently perform laboratory test procedures.
    • Clearly instruct patients prior to specimen collection.
    • Effectively, confidentially, and sensitively converse with patients regarding laboratory tests.
  • Demonstrate the ability to visually observe and evaluate patient conditions, test reactions and results, and the total laboratory environment.
    • Discern and discriminate color differences and reactions both microscopically and macroscopically.
    • Exhibit adequate hearing ability in order to respond appropriately to both patients and co-workers, and to audible equipment sounds.
    • Manage heavy academic schedules and deadlines.
    • Be able to manage the use of time and be able to systemize actions in order to complete professional and technical tasks within realistic constraints.
    • Demonstrate the cognitive ability to recognize and deal with any potential hazards in the laboratory environment, and protect oneself and others from injury.


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Last Modified: 8/4/23