Medical Laboratory Technician Program

Medical laboratory professionals are vital members of the health care team. In fact, some research indicates that at least 70% of all medical decisions rely on data from the laboratory. Medical laboratory professionals use sophisticated computer-driven instruments and advanced technology combined with delicate and complex manual procedures to perform laboratory analyses on blood and body fluids.

Medical laboratory technicians (MLTs) work under the direction of medical laboratory scientists or pathologists. Their responsibilities may include examining blood or body fluid specimens under the microscope, training other laboratory personnel, performing quality control checks, evaluating new instruments, and implementing new test procedures.

Despite changes in the field, including technological advances and automation, the need for medical laboratory professionals is expected to grow in the coming years. With population growth and aging, increased coverage of screening tests and development of new tests, the volume of laboratory tests is expected to increase, making this the perfect time to begin your career as a medical laboratory technician.

Program Overview

The SSM Health Medical Laboratory Technician Program will prepare students to become a qualified and responsible medical laboratory technicians. Our 11-month curriculum includes both didactic and clinical components. The didactic segment of the program guides students through each theory component via lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on practice in the classroom and student laboratory.

Once students have learned basic laboratory techniques and skills, they rotate through the clinical sections at the SSM Health laboratories at St. Mary’s and Good Samaritan Hospitals. During clinical rotations, our students further develop their lab skills and gain clinical experience in each laboratory discipline, including phlebotomy, urinalysis, chemistry, hematology and coagulation, immunohematology, microbiology and serology.

Upon satisfactory completion of the program, students are awarded a certificate from SSM Health School of Medical Laboratory Technician as a graduate MLT. Granting the certificate is NOT contingent upon passing an external certification examination.

How to Apply


Applicants must possess an Associate’s degree or higher from an accredited college prior to entering the MLT program. In addition, applicants must have completed a minimum of:

  • 8 semester hours of chemistry (with appropriate prerequisite mathematics)
  • 8 semester hours of Biology to include Anatomy and Physiology (complete system) and Microbiology
  • 3 semester hours of English
  • 3 semester hours of Communication/Public Speaking
  • 3 semester hours of Introduction to Psychology

A GPA of 2.5 or better on a scale of 4.0 overall and in science courses is preferred.

How to Apply

The application materials listed below must be submitted by April 15:

All materials should be submitted to:

SSM Health School of Medical Laboratory Technician
Good Samaritan Hospital
1 Good Samaritan Way
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864

Qualified applicants must also complete an on-site personal interview with the program personnel in May. A list of available interview dates will be sent following receipt of application materials. An interview date will be assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Program Costs

Tuition & Fees Amount Due Date
Application Fee $10 With completed application
Acceptance Fee $50* Upon acceptance to the program
Tuition & Lab Supply Fee $5,000 Installment plan available
National Certification Exam Fee $225** Upon exam application, before graduation
Textbook Rental Fee $400 On or before first day of class


*Credited toward tution

**Certification Exam Fee subject ot change by ASCP-BOC

Program Accreditation

The MLT program is seeking accreditation by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). Gaining accreditation by NAACLS assures the students that the program offers quality education that meets or exceeds the standards in medical laboratory science. Graduates will be eligible to sit for the ASCP Board of Certification (BOC) exam ( The eligibility to take the BOC exam will depend on whether the program achieves “serious applicant status.” Serious applicant status should be attained by April, 2019; the site visit by NAACLS will occur in the fall 2019; and full accreditation award will be attained in the spring of 2020.

Contact Us

For more information, contact our program director:

Anh Strow, MPH, MLS (ASCP)cm
Director, School of Medical Laboratory Technician

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