Medical Laboratory Technician FAQ’s

Should I consider medical laboratory technician as a career?

Yes, if you have good science, math, and technical aptitude; have good problem-solving skills and ability to work under pressure; can follow directions accurately and work independently; and are detail-oriented. For more information go to www.bls.gov. Then select ‘advanced search’ and type in your health science program of choice.

Is the program accredited?

Yes. It is accredited by:

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
8410 West Bryn Mawr, Suite 670
Chicago, Illinois 60631
(773) 714-8880

Is certification available?

Yes. Graduates are eligible to take the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) certification examination. Once certified, you meet the MLT licensure requirements for the state of Hawai`i.

What degrees and certificates do you offer?

The Associate in Science (AS) degree.

Do I need to maintain a certain grade and grade point average in these courses?

Yes. For an AS, you must earn:

  • a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 (“C” average) or higher for all required MLT courses and
  • a grade of “C” or better in all required program support courses

What were the requirements in previous years?

For requirements in past years, contact a program counselor or view the previous online catalogs.

When can I enter the program?

Students enter the program in the Spring semester only.

Do you offer noncredit courses for medical laboratory technicians?

No. For information on short-term healthcare classes, see Continuing Education. If you are interested in a course that is not offered, contact:

Elaine Chang, Noncredit Coordinator, Health Science Programs
Phone: 808.734.9138
Fax: 808.734.9126
Email: emchang@hawaii.edu
Office: Kauila Building, Rm 113B

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