Get Started in Medical Laboratory Technology

How to Get Started

Complete the admissions process and meet with an academic advisor at El Centro College.

Application and Admission to the Program

MLT courses begin in mid-May of each academic year. Over a 16-month period, you’ll take lecture, lab and clinical course work.

There are a limited number of spaces available in each beginning class of the Medical Laboratory Technology program, which starts in May of each year. The prequalifying application period is Jan. 1 to March 15 of each year.

Acceptance to allied health programs at El Centro College is by a competitive selection process. 

To apply to specified El Centro College allied health programs, including this one, you must meet the conditions of one of the following three eligibility categories before the application deadline. (Note: this is a general summary only; see complete eligibility guidelines.) 

  1. Completion of the six Health Professions Readiness courses: three courses each in the Health Professions Readiness I Skills Achievement Award and Health Professions Readiness II Skills Achievement Award.  

    Health Professions Readiness courses are listed under HPRS in the online catalog.  

    For complete information, see the Health Professions Readiness Awards (HPRA) information packet

  2. Documentation of a minimum of two years employment within the last five years as a health care worker in specified health care professions with direct patient care experience. 

  3. Documentation of a current credential in specified health care professions. 

Information Packet and Information Sessions

Get complete information on program admission and application instructions in the Medical Laboratory Technology information packet.

El Centro College's health occupation information sessions are offered online. Please download a program information packet before viewing the online information session.

Drug Testing and Criminal Background Check

All students enrolled in El Centro College’s Health Occupations programs are required by Dallas/Fort Worth Hospital Council member facilities to undergo drug testing and a criminal background check after admission to the program, but within 30 days before the start of clinical rotations.


Dallas County residents pay $177 per three-hour class — that is $59 per credit hour, or just $708 for a full-semester load of 12 credit hours.

Compare that to what you’d pay elsewhere! See tuition rates for tuition according to your place of residency.

Rising Star Program

If you are a Dallas County high school graduating senior, you may qualify for Rising Star funds to help pay for this program. The Rising Star program offers academic support services and up to $4,000 for tuition and books, if you have established financial need.

Course Times and Locations

Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) program courses are offered on a full-time basis during daytime hours only. However, many support courses — including Health Occupations Core Curriculum classes — are available for both day or evening schedules. MLT courses must be completed in the semester in which they are scheduled in the curriculum.

Classes are offered both at the El Centro College Downtown Campus (801 Main St.) and at its Center for Allied Health and Nursing, a block north (301 N. Market St. at Pacific).

El Centro College’s Center for Allied Health and Nursing comprises 55 classrooms and labs that contain some of the most advanced equipment available to educate health care students.

The center’s high-tech equipment includes:

  • Teaching labs that simulate surgical and hospital settings for specific program applications
  • Microphones and cameras in each classroom to capture audio and video instruction
  • Three classrooms with videoconferencing for two-way viewing
  • Two simulation labs with computerized patient mannequins

Accreditation and Affiliations

Find out more about accreditation and affiliations.

The Medical Laboratory Technology program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (8410 W. Bryn Mawr, Suite 670; Chicago, Ill. 60631-3415; Phone: 773-714-8880). It is the only accredited MLT program within the five-county area of Dallas, Parker, Rockwall, Hunt and Denton.

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Other Degree and Certificate Options

See a chart of degree plans by college or visit the credit programs home page.

Faculty Profiles

Medical Lab Technology faculty members have relevant degrees and field experience in their profession, so they can relate to the challenges you’ll face at work. Instructors work with you one-on-one, encouraging you and helping you to succeed in school and in your career. See profiles of some of our Medical Lab Technology faculty.

Transfer Information

The Medical Lab Technology program is designed for direct entry into the workforce.

However, several four-year universities coordinate transfer programs so that our program graduates can transfer community college credits to earn a bachelor’s degree. Ask your program coordinator about scheduled university program visits during the semester.

If you are interested in earning a degree at a four-year institution, please visit the Transfer Services website for guidance on the transfer process.

Links to Additional Information

See links to medical lab technology accrediting organizations, websites with information about this career field and more.

Contact Us

If you have questions about the Medical Lab Technology program that aren’t answered on our website, please feel free to contact us.