Oct 04, 2023  
2023-2024 Panola College Catalog 
2023-2024 Panola College Catalog

Medical Laboratory Technology

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Antiquene Nichols, (903) 693-1164, anichols@panola.edu


Antiquene Nichols, (903) 693-1164, anichols@panola.edu


Kimberly Bishop

Antiquene Nichols

Jeffry Oney

Courses in Medical Laboratory Technology, also known as Clinical Laboratory Science, prepare the student to work in the laboratory to analyze blood, body fluids and tissues using high-tech equipment. This two-year program prepares the student to perform laboratory procedures to aid the physician in the diagnosis and treatment of patients. Medical Laboratory Technicians work in hospitals, clinics and research laboratories.

The MLT program is an “open” program. Graduates of this program will earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in Medical Laboratory Technology.

The MLT program can be completed in two years. This hybrid program requires a student to complete all MLAB classes online with face-to-face labs, on the Carthage campus, on designated Saturdays a semester. Attendance at labs is required. Additionally, attendance is required at clinical rotations which may be scheduled weekdays or weekends, days or nights. Students will complete four, unpaid clinical experiences (320 hours) during their second year.

BEFORE Applying to the MLT Program

  1. You must apply and be admitted to Panola College.
  2. Fulfill all Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requirements.

It is recommended that you successfully complete one 4-hour course in biology and one 4-hour course in chemistry PRIOR to beginning the program.

Requirements of the MLT Program

  • Must be at least seventeen (17) years old at time of application.
  • Must complete a criminal background check (prior to beginning clinicals). A criminal history may affect clinical placement.
  • Must have a clear drug screen (prior to beginning clinicals).
  • All required immunizations must be kept current (proof required prior to clinical).
  • Must complete CPR prior to clinical rotations.
  • Must maintain a grade of “C” or higher for all MLAB, PLAB, and HITT coursework.

Important Information

  • MLT students may become certified phlebotomists during first year of study.
  • MLT graduates are eligible to sit for the national examination for certification and/or registration as a Medical Laboratory Technician from ASCP or AMT.

Department Mission

The MLT Program, like Panola College, shapes its mission around the needs of the people of the service area. Currently our community calls for more medical personnel, particularly in the laboratory field and this program seeks to fulfill that need. This program serves the needs of our students by providing flexibility in online lectures and Saturday labs, allowing students to work and/or tend to their family commitments.

Job Outlook

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook (accessed 3/21/32), employment of medical and clinical laboratory technologists and technicians is projected to grow 7% from 2021-2031, as fast as average.


  • The MLT program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 500 N. River Rd. Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119. (847) 939-3597

For program-specific information and FAQs, please visit the Medical Laboratory Technician program link: https://www.panola.edu/academics/school-nursing-health-sciences/department-medical-laboratory-technology.

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