Accelerated Track for Phlebotomists


Advanced Placement

The Medical Laboratory Technology Program at Mississippi Delta Community College offers an option for successful completers of the MDCC Phlebotomy Program to apply for early enrollment into the MLT Program. Students who successfully complete the MDCC Phlebotomy program (PBT 1113 and PBT 1122) and have been selected into the Medical Laboratory Technology program may waive enrollment in MLT 1112 Fundamentals of Medical Laboratory Technology/ Phlebotomy and join the current MLT Freshman.



  • ACT score of 16 or above
  • Take an entrance exam within the last 18 months
  • Have no more than 11 hours of required academic courses to complete*
  • Acceptable criminal background check, as required by Mississippi State Law
  • Satisfactory pre-admission physical exam and drug screen
  • Applicants into the MLT Accelerated Track are subject to the admission requirements as listed under "Requirements for Admission."

*PBT graduates applying for the Accelerated Track admission into Spring term can only lack 11 hours of other non-MLT courses. PBT graduates applying for admission into Fall term will be evaluated with incoming Freshmen and will be allowed to forgo the MLT Fundamentals class (MLT 1112).

The program director is responsible for evaluating transfer and advanced placement credit.
College policies concerning advanced placement in the academic division are stated in the College Catalog. Students applying for the MLT program who have earned credits by transfer, exam, or evaluation which are equivalent to the entire first year of the program would be placed into the second year courses on a space-available basis.

Accreditation & Mission


Program Accredited by:

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science
5600 N. River Road, Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018
(773) 714-8880


The mission of the Medical Laboratory Technology Program at Mississippi Delta Community College is to prepare graduates for entry level MLT positions in a variety of health care settings in the area served by the college.

Course of Study

Students may wish to take non-MLT courses prior to entering the Medical Laboratory Technology Program. The following courses are required in the MLT Program and are offered at selected off-campus sites as well as on the Mississippi Delta Community College Campus.

BIO 2513/2511 Anatomy & Physiology I 4 hrs
BIO 2523/2521 Anatomy & Physiology II 4 hrs
ENG 1113 English Composition I 3 hrs
CHE 1313/1311 OR 
CHE 1213/1211
Principles of Chemistry I lecture & lab or General Chemistry I lecture & lab 4 hrs
MAT 1313 College Algebra 3 hrs
BIO 2923/2921 Microbiology 4 hrs
SOC 2113 OR 
PSY 1513
Social/Behavioral Science 3 hrs
--- Humanities Elective 3 hrs
COM/SPT 1113 Public Speaking 3 hrs

For additional pre-MLT information see the MDCC Catalog/Student Handbook or call the MLT Program.

For further information contact:
Janet Cooper, Director

Maegan Applewhite, Administrative Assistant

Application & Procedure


Applicants must:

  • meet general admission requirements.
  • be a high school graduate or have a satisfactory GED score.
  • have a minimum ACT score of 18 (15 if taken before October 28, 1989) if entering college for the first time OR a minimum ACT score of 16 to17 (12 to14 if taken before October 28, 1989) and have completed at least 12 semester hours with a "C" average or better on courses approved by the MLT program.
  • take an entrance test at the applicant's own expense.  Test must be taken within 18 months of the application deadline.



Applicants must have the following documents on file in the Admissions Office by April 1st to be considered for admission to the Medical Laboratory Program:

  • MDCC application for admission or readmission
  • MDCC application to the Medical Laboratory Program
  • An official high school transcript from an approved high school or GED equivalency score, if not previously enrolled in college
  • An official college transcript for any colleges previously and presently attended
  • ACT score
  • Entrance test score
  • One academic and one personal/work reference

Students are encouraged to submit all parts of the application well in advance of the deadline.  Incomplete applications will not be reviewed for admission.

When the application is available, the link located below will be active.



No applicant will be considered unless the minimum admission requirements are met. Admission requirements are evaluated by the use of a rating scale which includes ACT scores, GPA, entrance test scores, health care work experience, performance on core courses, and applicable previous degrees earned. All applicants are considered on a competitive basis. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission into the program. The number of applicants accepted is limited due to the nature of the program. Applicants will be notified by letter of their conditional acceptance or non-acceptance to the program. The conditional acceptance letter will include specific instructions regarding all requirements that must be completed prior to August admission. These requirements are listed below:

  • Satisfactory completion of Healthcare Providers CPR taught during the summer
  • Satisfactory background check (see Policy on Admission to Health Science Program)
  • Health evaluation form completed by a physician or nurse practitioner
  • Proof of current immunizations including, but not limited to Hepatitis-B vaccination series, Tdap booster, and TB skin test
  • Acceptable pre-admission drug screen

To view a copy of the Rating Scale for MLT, please click here.

Applicants will be notified by letter of their acceptance or non-acceptance to the program.



Students who are accepted into the program must:

  • Attend a Health Sciences orientation session.
  • Be aware that, in addition to the regular college fees, Medical Laboratory Technology students will incur expenses for such items as uniforms, books, iPad, supplies, liability insurance, accident insurance, background check, Hepatitis B vaccination series, national and state certification examination fees, and registry review seminars. Fees are not limited to these listed.
  • Be responsible for their own transportation to the college campus and clinical agencies.



A Medical Laboratory Technology student must maintain a grade of "C" in all MLT, mathematics, and science courses to progress in the program.



A student may be considered for readmission to a specific health science program one time only. This applies to courses in any respective health science program, whether at MDCC or at another institution. The only exception may be: a student who has a passing grade in the classroom and clinical setting, but was forced to withdraw due to illness, accident, pregnancy, or family crisis may be considered for a second readmission.

Each student requesting readmission into a health science program will be considered on an individual basis. The student should contact the appropriate program director/ supervisor for the readmission procedure. Space must be available in the class and clinical setting. No precedent will be set by the decision of an admissions committee.

At the direction of the Dean of Health Sciences with the recommendation of the Admission Committee, a student requesting readmission to a health science program may be required to take a challenge exam to assess placement. It may be necessary for the applicant to repeat courses.


For further information, contact
Janet Cooper, MLT Director

Maegan Applewhite, Administrative Support 

Medical Laboratory Technology

Watch our video to find out more about the MDCC MLT Program!

"It takes a special person to be capable, qualified, and courageous enough to crawl into the belly of the beast that is human life and human death..."
~William Petersen, co-producer and star of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

In the laboratory, a highly skilled team of pathologists and medical technologists, medical laboratory technicians (MLT) and specialists work together to solve the mysteries, put the puzzles together, and answer the critical questions of medicine. Seventy to eighty percent of medical decisions made by physicians are based on laboratory findings. In fact, the practice of modern medicine would be impossible without the tests performed in the laboratory. Every day, new advances in genetic testing, biomarkers, and PCR (polymerase chain reaction) technology are creating more challenges and job opportunities for clinical laboratory science professionals. It is a fast-growing field, and there will be great demand for clinical laboratory professionals in the future. Clinical laboratory professionals are the researchers, the investigators, and some say the real heroes of medicine.

Career Opportunities

  • The Jobs Rated Almanac: The Best and Worst of Jobs, by Les Kratz rated medical laboratory technicians in the top 20 list of best jobs.
  •  Medical laboratory technicians ranked 4th in the healthcare/medicine occupational category.
  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment growth of 30% from 2012-2022; much faster growth than the average for all other occupations.
  • Typically Clinical Laboratory Science professionals earn an average salary of $32,000 to $78,900 per year with a mean of $37,240 for medical laboratory technicians.
  • Professionals in this field can find challenging employment in a wide range of arenas. The skills that medical laboratory technicians have make them employable in a number of environments other than hospital laboratories. Technicians can be employed in private clinics, research labs, vet labs, industry, crime investigations, forensic studies and public health facilities. MLTs can be an instrument and product evaluator, equipment technician, sales, or a lab information computer analyst.