The Medical Laboratory Technician Program

Academic/Admission Requirements

Trio with TeacherAdmission to the Medical Laboratory Technology Program requires a high school diploma or a high school equivalency diploma. It is desirable to have high school biology and chemistry, but it is not required. All developmental courses into which a student has placed must be completed prior to admission to the program. For additional information on applying for admission to the MLT program, please go to

Student workingProgram Facts

  • This program was established in the early 1970
  • The college admits 18 students in the program each Fall semester
  • Over the past five years the pass rate on the national certification examination has been 100%.
  • The employment rate for graduates is 100% Nationally, there are more jobs available than the number of graduates.
  • Approximately 75% of our graduates have continued their education at the professional level.

Program Mission

Student with tubes at machineThe Medical Laboratory Technology Program seeks to provide each student with educational experiences and knowledge to develop the critical thinking, technical and interpersonal skills required to be a successful clinical laboratory scientist. The program will integrate knowledge gained from general education, biological science and clinical laboratory science so that the future laboratorian will exercise good judgment, ethics and appropriate decision making abilities to serve the needs of the community and the profession.

Student with bookLearning Outcomes

The graduate will be able to:

  • Properly collect, process and analyze biological specimens.
  • Safely and accurately perform analytical procedures, recognize factors affecting results and take appropriate action.
  • Be eligible for National Certification as a Medical Laboratory Technician by successfully completing examination given by the National Credentialing Agency for Laboratory Personnel, Inc. (NCA) and/or the American Society or Clinical Pathologists (ASCP).
  • Be eligible for NYS licensure and to sit for the NYS licensing examination.
  • Respect the rights of patients, colleagues and other health professionals and perform duties in a manner that is within the constraints of legal, moral and ethical conduct.
  • Continue to maintain professional competence and utilize opportunities for continuing education and career advancement so as to provide quality health care to the public.

Rosamaria Contarino
Chair of Laboratory Technology
SUNY Orange
(845)341-4136 or (845)341-4124