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Medical Laboratory Technician Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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Does Folsom Lake College offer a Phlebotomy Licensing program?

Can I just enroll for the phlebotomy courses?

As an MLT would I have the option of obtaining a Phlebotomy License?

What is the difference between a CLS and a MLT?

Is there a "bridge" between a MLT and CLS?

Do MLTs have to have Continuing Education (CE) units just like Nurses, CLSs, etc.?

Is there a lottery to get into the program?

How many students do you admit into the MLT Program?

What is the application process?

Is Financial Aid Available?

Are Scholarships Available?

Can I use my most recent background check?

What happens if I do not pass the background check?

What Immunizations are required for the MLT Program?

Are there prerequisites for the MLT program?

Do I need an AA degree to get into the MLT Program?

I am an International student; how do I enroll in the MLT Program?

Where can I find more detailed information regarding the MLT program?

Can I be exempt from the Medical Language/Phlebotomy courses because I work in the field/possess a certificate already?

How long is the MLT Program?

Can I take other classes during the MLT Program?

Can I pick my clinical site?

How does the MLT licensing process work?

When is the next application window for the MLT program?

Does Folsom Lake College offer a Phlebotomy Licensing program?

No. While MLTs must be trained in the practice of phlebotomy for their license, they do not require a separate phlebotomy license.

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Can I just enroll for the phlebotomy courses?

At the present time our phlebotomy courses are only for students admitted into the Medical Laboratory Technician program.

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As an MLT would I have the option of obtaining a Phlebotomy License?

No. Per State regulations MLT students cannot use the offered phlebotomy experience to obtain a standalone phlebotomy license.

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What is the difference between a CLS and a MLT?

CLS's or Clinical Laboratory Scientists are laboratory workers capable of completing high-complexity testing in the laboratory. CLS's require a Bachelors of Science degree and a one year internship at a participating CLS program. MLTs on the other hand cannot do high-complexity testing and are directly supervised by a CLS in the laboratory. MLTs require an Associates of Science degree, but not a Bachelors of Science. For more information on the differences between CLSs and MLTs please visit http://www.camlt.org/laboratory-profession and http://www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/lfs/Pages/default.aspx.

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Is there a "bridge" between a MLT and CLS?

At the present time there is no explicit career or training path to move from an MLT to a CLS. Didactic courses are not transferable and the clinical rotations will need to be redone. However, with the growing CLS shortage preliminary discussions of whether and how to create a "bridge" from an MLT to CLS are possible sometime in the future. To be clear, only the State of California can control whether a bridge from MLT to CLS is created; the college has no say in the matter.

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Do MLTs have to have Continuing Education (CE) units just like Nurses, CLSs, etc.?

Yes, at the present time MLTs must complete 12 CE units annually to maintain their license.

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Is there a lottery to get into the program?

If the college receives applications from more qualified applicants than we can accommodate, then a random selection process from among qualified applicants may be necessary. The college determines whether applicants are eligible for admission to the MLT program based on acceptable completion of prerequisite courses, grade point average, and other factors.

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How many students do you admit into the MLT Program?

The number will vary cohort to cohort based on the number of available clinical sites for student rotations.

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What is the application process?

We recommend that each student interested in the MLT program apply for admission to Folsom Lake College and then consult with an FLC counselor familiar with the MLT program. Once you've been admitted to FLC and have a student ID number, please call 916-608-6510 (FLC) or 530-642-5645 (EDC) to schedule an appointment. When making an appointment, be sure to specify that you are interested in the MLT Program.

Application forms and Instructions for completing the application, supplemental forms, and how to submit the completed applications will be made available on the MLT program website several months prior to the next application window.

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Is Financial Aid Available?

Yes, financial aid is available to students in the MLT Program. Please visit our Financial Aid Department for more information.

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Are Scholarships Available?

Yes, scholarships may be available for students in the MLT Program. Please visit our Scholarships Page often as the website updates frequently.

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Can I use my most recent background check?

No, unfortunately not all background checks are the same. To ensure uniformity we require you get a new background check through our current background check vendor.

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What happens if I do not pass the background check?

To be officially admitted into the program you MUST pass a background check from our vendor. Our clinical sites will not train anyone with a criminal history, nor will they consider anyone with a failed background check for employment.

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What Immunizations are required for the MLT Program?

Students are required to demonstrate immunity (serological testing or proof of adequate vaccination, or current immunization) to the following prior to the first day of class:

  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Rubella
  • Varicella Zoster
  • Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap)
  • Hepatitis B (Can be declined with a signed waiver)
  • Influenza

Students must also demonstrate the absence of Tuberculosis with a Two-Step process PPD, or chest x-ray (if individual has a document PPD response).

FLC Health and Wellness Services can provide information about obtaining these services at a low cost. All documentation of immunizations MUST go through the MLT program's current vendor. Information and instructions will be made available to students upon acceptance into the MLT program.

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Are there prerequisites for the MLT program?

Yes, please visit our Degrees and Certificates page.

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Do I need an AA degree to get into the MLT Program?

No, a high school diploma or GED or CHSPE is required to enroll in the college. Then prerequisites must be met before you are able to enroll in the MLT Program.

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I am an International student; how do I enroll in the MLT Program?

Please meet with a Folsom Lake College Counselor to begin the transcript evaluation process. Please call 916-608-6510 (FLC) or 530-642-5645 (EDC) to schedule an appointment. When making an appointment, be sure to specify that you are interested in the MLT Program.

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Where can I find more detailed information regarding the MLT program?

Please see the current MLT Program Handbook.

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Can I be exempt from the Medical Language/Phlebotomy courses because I work in the field/possess a certificate already?

If you are already a certified Phlebotomist by the State of California you will not need to retake the Phlebotomy portion of the program. Exemption from the Medical Language course due to field experience must be pre-approved by the MLT Program Coordinator.

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How long is the MLT Program?

The MLT Program consists of two semesters of didactic course work followed by one semester of clinical rotations at one of our affiliate sites. For the clinical rotations the cohort is split into two groups at random. Once the first group completes their rotation, the second group's rotations begin. Note: These clinical rotations do not align with the college's official Fall/Spring semester calendar; hence you may be unable to take other classes during the rotation period. Overall, the MLT Program can take between 18-24 months.

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Can I take other classes during the MLT Program?

Yes and no. While in the didactic portion of the program you may take other courses to fulfill any degree requirements. However be advised that the MLT courses are very demanding of your time and should be your top priority. It is highly unlikely that you will be able to take courses during the clinical rotation periods. While in a clinical rotation you must be onsite for 40 hours per week for the entire semester.

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Can I pick my clinical site?

No. We will consider your location and academic records in regard to where we place you. However, we have a limited number of clinical sites and cannot guarantee close proximity. We have clinical sites in Sacramento, Woodland, Stockton, Placerville, and the surrounding areas; you should feel comfortable traveling to these locations if necessary.

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How does the MLT licensing process work?

Per the most recent California Admin Code Title 17 1032.5:
(1) Have successfully completed at least 60 semester (90 quarter) units from an accredited college or university. The coursework shall consist of at least 36 semester units of physical and biological sciences with an emphasis on applied clinical science. Coursework shall include 6 semester units of chemistry and 6 semester units of biology appropriate for transfer to a baccalaureate program in science, taken prior to, or concurrently with, training or experience.

In addition students must graduate from an approved medical laboratory training program and have the documented hours required for licensure. While the MLT program, its prerequisite courses, and general education requirements often result in at least 60 semester units, it is ultimately up to the student to ensure they meet this State requirement.

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When is the next application window for the MLT program?

We accept students into our program every other year. Our next application window is scheduled for late Spring 2015. Please visit our website often as more information will be made available as the next application window approaches.

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