MLT Student Handbook

The policies in this handbook apply to you as a student in the MLT Program at the Community College of Philadelphia and at any clinical site that you attend as part of the program. Read this manual carefully now and as needed during your enrollment in the MLT program. It is imperative that you are aware of ALL policies, are familiar with them, and adhere to them.

DISCLAIMER: The program policies are subject to change at the discretion of the program director and faculty. Should changes be required, they will not be made capriciously, but for valid and necessary reasons.

MLT Program Mission Statement

The MLT program at Community College of Philadelphia is designed to provide the necessary general and technical training for medical laboratory personnel at the associate degree level. The course of study provides the theoretical background necessary for performing clinical laboratory procedures and includes one semester of intensive clinical experience at an affiliated hospital. The program strives to prepare graduates who can provide accurate and timely test results and demonstrate the humanitarianism required of the profession.

The MLT program is accredited by:

The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
5600 N. River Road, Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018
773-714-8880 (phone)
773-714-8866 (fax) (website)

Graduates of the MLT curriculum are eligible to take the "MLT" ASCP Board of Certification Exam. Employers seek certified individuals because they know that people with professional credentials can be counted on for the value-added expertise that is in such high demand today. National certification in a specialty area of laboratory practice is proof of knowledge and competence in a field. While National Certification is not required to graduate from the MLT program, our faculty members feel strongly about the importance of acquiring and maintaining certification and expect that students will complete their certification exams as soon as they successfully complete their programs.

 MLT Program Handbook Table of Contents

Course Curriculum 

  • Student Learning Outcomes
  • MLT Course Sequence

Academic Requirements

  • MLT Program Entry Requirements
  • Additional Conditions for Acceptance 
  • Academic Grading Policy
  • Attendance Policy
  • Withdrawal Policy
  • MLT/Phlebotomy Programs' Policy on Academic Dishonesty
  • Advising
  • Dismissal from the Program
  • Student Records
  • Tuition, Fees and Program Expenses
  • Program of Study and Graduation Requirements

Clinical Education 

  • Clinical Affiliation Agreements
  • MLT Clinical Sites
  • Tips for a Successful Clinical Rotation

Lab and Clinic Requirements

  • Allied Health Program Code of Clinical Conduct
  • Prepared for Lab Policy
  • Malpractice/Liability Insurance 
  • Medical Insurance 
  • Policy on Employment During the Academic Year 

ASCP BOC Certification

  • Eligibility Routes for MLT
  • Information About the Exam


  • Counseling Information
  • The Learning Lab for Science
  • Career Connections
  • Academic Advising 

Safety Policies and Procedures 

  • MLT Student Lab Safety Plan 
  • Standard Precautions
  • Necessity for Standard Universal Precautions 
  • MLT/Phlebotomy Student Uniform Policy
  • Policy on Minor Children 
  • Infectious Agent and Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Policy 
  • Program's Closure Policy

Professional Standards

  • Performance and Capability
  • Moral & Ethical Conduct
  • Professional Conduct


  • Clinical Code of Conduct Report Form
  • Complaint Form
  • Clinical Site Evaluation/Sign in Forms
  • Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Incident Report
  • Pregnancy Release Form

College Policies and Procedures

Student Rights and Responsibilities