The Medical Laboratory Technician Program

Academic/Admission Requirements

Trio with TeacherAdmission to the Medical Laboratory Technician 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

  • Program is accredited by NAACLS (National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science) and graduates are eligible to sit for national certification and NYS Licensure exams.
  • This program was established in the early 1970's
  • The college admits up to 18 students in the program each Fall semester
  • The three year average graduation rate is 100%.
  • The three year average pass rate on the MLT ASCP certification / licensing exam is 89%.
  • The three year average employment rate is 93.3% for the MLT Program. Nationally, there are more jobs available than the number of graduates.

Program Mission

Student with tubes at machineThe Medical Laboratory Technnician 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 bookStudent Learning Outcomes

The students 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 the examination given by the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification.
  • Be eligible to sit for the NYS Certified Clinical Laboratory Technician Licensing Examination.
  • 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 Clinical Laboratory Science
SUNY Orange
(845) 341-4277