Top of page
Skip to main content
A better 2024-2025 FAFSA form is now available. Apply Today! Questions? Contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships
Two lab tech students work together on some data entry in a Pima lab


Medical Laboratory Technician AAS

Applying for Program Admission

This degree program requires a special program application. Please read all of the information on this page carefully.

  • Interested in the Medical Laboratory Technician program? Watch a recorded Information Session for Medical Laboratory Technician 
  • Program prerequisites must be completed (with grades posted) as described in Program Requirements before being cleared to register for MlT core courses.
  • The program application [PDF] must be completed and returned to the Medical Laboratory Technician program for processing. It is important to check your Pima email account regularly as program information will be communicated to you via this account.

Program Pre-Admission Requirements 

  • New and transfer students are required to complete the program admissions application.
  • Complete assessment tests for math, reading and writing.
  • Transfer courses earned from another regionally accredited institution are not valid until they have been officially evaluated and grades have been posted on PCC transcripts.  An official (sealed) transcript and Student Request for Transcript Evaluation form must be submitted to PCC Admissions Office.
  • Students may submit a request to audit MLT courses to the MLT program director.  Audits are approved on a case by case basis and only when space is available.  No credits will be earned for any MLT course that is audited.

Program Admissions and Course Information 

  • Required vaccinations for entering/continuing in the Medical Laboratory Technician program: The Medical Laboratory Technician program works with hospitals and agencies that require proof of vaccination, a background check, a drug and TB screen, insurance and physical exam for the clinical portion of the program. These are listed in the next section of this page. 
  • Students accepted into the MLT program must have the “MLT Technical Standards Essential for MLT Practice” completed by a licensed health care provider.
  • The MLT program accepts a minimum of eight qualified students each fall and spring semester.  The first eight (8) applicants who meet the criteria listed below will receive an email notification from the MLT program director in October or March in the preceding semester.   Applicants are accepted / prioritized as follows:  (1)   Applicants who have successfully complete all non-MLT prefix prerequisites (minimum grades apply), (2)  If there are less than eight students who have completed all prerequisites, alternate spots will be assigned to the students who are currently enrolled in the remaining prerequisites.  Failure of the student to complete these prerequisites (minimum grades apply) in the preceding  semester will result in the forfeiture of their program seat.  Depending on the number of qualified applicants, acceptance will be determined based on the date on the program admissions application.  Remaining students will be queued for the following semester. 
  • Completion time for the MLT program is based on Accuplacer assessment results, completion of program admission requirements and support courses.
  • The MLT program may be completed within five semesters (includes a clinical rotation at an affiliated hospital or reference laboratory).  Clinical placement is not guaranteed, and length of program does not include delay when placements are unavailable.
  • Students must receive a C grade or better on all MLT core courses in order to progress to the next semester. Students who do not achieve the minimum C grade must reapply to the MLT program and must repeat ALL MLT courses when they restart the program.

To participate in the MLT program's clinical rotation, students must:

  • Successfully complete all required courses and meet minimum grade requirements.
  • Provide and maintain an Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) Fingerprint Clearance Card.
  • Pass a urine toxicology screening exam.
  • Provide proof of immunity to Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Varicella and Hepatitis B.
  • Provide proof of immunization to Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis, COVID and Influenza.
  • Provide proof of a two-step negative TB skin test or chest X-ray which must be valid through the entire clinical rotation. TB results are valid for one year.
  • Provide proof of health insurance coverage.
  • Provide a completed Essential Standards/declaration of health from a licensed healthcare provider. See the form: MLT Technical Standards Essential for MLT Practice for detailed information about the required functions of an MLT.

Important Information on the American Society for Clinical Pathology Medical Laboratory Technician Certification Examination (ASCP-MLT)

Graduation from the Medical Laboratory Technician program is not contingent upon passing a certification or licensing examination.  Certification requirements and subsequent procedures are the exclusive right and responsibility of the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification.  For more information on licensure requirements, go to www.ascp.orgPCC AAS MLT graduates are eligible to sit for the ASCP MLT national certification exam – Route 1.  

Back to main content Back to top