The Medical Laboratory Profession
Laboratory tests play an important part in the detection, diagnosis and treatment
of many diseases in modern medical practice. The laboratory professionals who carry
out these tests are medical technologists (bachelor’s or master’s degree level) and
medical laboratory technicians (associate degree level). They work under the direction
of pathologists and other physicians or scientists. Medical laboratory workers perform
a wide range of tests and laboratory procedures that require a high level of skill.
They examine and analyze blood, body fluids and other specimens using precision instruments,
such as microscopes and automated analyzers. They look for bacteria, parasites and
other microorganisms; analyze the chemical content of fluids; match blood for transfusions;
and test for drug levels in the blood to show how a patient is responding to treatment.
They also prepare specimens for examination, count cells and look for abnormal cells
in blood and body fluids. They may work in several laboratory areas, such as hematology,
clinical chemistry, blood banking, microbiology or molecular diagnostics, or specialize
in just one.
Nassau Community College is dedicated to high quality, low-cost education and career
preparation to meet the needs and interests of the community it serves. Consistent
with this, the Medical Laboratory Technician program’s mission is to prepare competent
medical laboratory technicians with the entry-level knowledge, skills and attitudes
that are required to fulfill current and future professional and leadership roles
in laboratory medicine and healthcare.
The Medical Laboratory Technician program is a two-year curriculum leading to an Associate
in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree. It offers technician-level education for those
career-oriented students interested in employment as medical laboratory technicians
and laboratory or research aides. The curriculum consists of courses in the humanities,
behavioral sciences, mathematics, basic sciences and specialized clinical courses.
All students are exposed to the methods and applications of routine medical laboratory
procedure, including the detection of errors and quality control. The program combines
coursework at the College with off-campus clinical education at an affiliate hospital
or clinical laboratory. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be
eligible to take the New York State licensure exam for Certified Clinical Laboratory
Technicians. Students will also be eligible to take national certification exams given
by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) and the American Medical Technologists
The program strives to:
- Provide students with the knowledge and skills needed for entry-level performance
as clinical or medical laboratory technicians.
- Provide educational and hands-on experience in all areas of the clinical laboratory.
- Promote ethical conduct and the development of respect and compassion towards patients
being diagnosed and undergoing treatment.
- Facilitate the development of professional behaviors, including communication skills,
critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
- Insure a well-rounded liberal arts education as well as the professional expertise
in medical laboratory technology.
- Encourage upward mobility through formal and informal continuing education.
- Improve the quality of patient care and service through the education and training
of competent medical laboratory technicians.
Graduates of the Medical Laboratory Technician Program will be able to:
- Competently perform laboratory procedures in all areas of the clinical laboratory
(i.e. Hematology, Coagulation, Urinalysis, Phlebotomy, Serology, Microbiology, Chemistry,
- Correlate laboratory results with disease states
- Interpret test results and cite sources of error
- Demonstrate professional behaviors, such as appropriate appearance, ethical conduct
and effective communication skills
- Be eligible to take national certification exams as Medical Laboratory Technician
and for licensure in New York State as Certified Clinical Laboratory Technician
High School Academic Requirements
- Two years of mathematics
- One year biology
- One year chemistry
- Grades 75 and above
The student must take the NCC placement test given by the College's Office of Admissions
prior to applying. If the NCC placement examination indicates a need for remediation
in English, mathematics, or reading, remediation must be completed before entering
the MLT program.
Non-Academic Requirements or Technical Standards
- Sight, hearing and speech within normal limits.
- The fine motor coordination to manipulate tools, instruments and laboratory equipment
in a safe and accurate manner.
- The emotional health required to work in an environment that might include exposure
to agents of disease and to be able to recognize emergency situations and take appropriate
All applicants are required to arrange for an interview with an MLT program faculty
member.* For information, call the Allied Health Sciences Department Office at 516.572.9640.
*Students must meet the Academic and Non-Academic requirements to be eligible for admission.
For qualified students, recruitment and admission shall be nondiscriminatory with
respect to race, ethnicity, creed, sex, age, disabling conditions (handicaps), and
- Program requirements and applications for new students are available at the Admissions Office.
To make an appointment with a faculty advisor, call the Allied Health Sciences Department,
Monday through Friday, 9am to 3pm, at 516.572.9640.
For the Program Director:
Sarah Monahan, MPH MLS (ASCP)
516.572.9640 ext. 26575
MLT Program Requirements and Guidelines
- Applicants are subject to the admission and re-admission requirements, deadlines,
policies and procedures, established by the MLT Admissions Committee.
- If the NCC placement examination indicates a need for remediation in English, mathematics,
or reading, remediation must be completed before entering the MLT program.
- Students must meet non-academic requirements, be of good moral character, and may
be subject to criminal background checks and random drug screening.
- Students must comply with all health requirements of the NCC Department of Student Health Services and the clinical affiliates including those related to Bloodborne Universal Precautions,
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), and New York
State vaccination requirements.
- Students are subject to all policies, standards and requirements published in the
MLT Orientation Manual and the MLT Clinical Handbook. Both of these documents are available for review in E3211 upon request.
- A minimum grade of "C" is required in all AHS courses to qualify for advancement.
- AHS career program students are required to supply their own transportation to clinical
- AHS career program students may be subject to additional fees associated with required
background and/or drug testing; access to licensure examination review; site-imposed
fees associated with attendance at clinical affiliates and/or additional medical exams/clearances
needed to satisfy clinical site requirements.
- AHS career program students must supply their own required uniforms and any required
accessories and equipment.
- Evaluation of clinical practice is based on professional competence and skill, adherence
to professional codes of ethics and behavior, attitude, attendance, punctuality, appearance
and ability to work with and relate to peers and other members of the health care
- Three-year Average Graduation Rate (Students that enter the last year of the program)
2019 - 2021: 97%
- Three-year Average BOC (ASCP) Exam Pass Rate 2019 - 2021: 89%
- Three-year Average Graduate Placement Rate 2019 - 2021: 100%
Program Faculty Members
- Sarah Monahan, MPH MLS (ASCP), Program Director & Instructor
- Gerard DeFeo, Ph.D, MLS (ASCP), CLS (NCA), Assistant Professor
- Renee Chin, AAS, MLT (ASCP) Technical Assistant
- Shannon Aurigema, BS, MLS (ASCP), Adjunct Instructor