The MLT Program of Maine admits a maximum of 20 new students (10 at UMPI and 10 at UMA) in the program during the summer semester of each academic year.
In order to be considered for the MLT program, you must do the following:
Complete the following prerequisites:
- High School Diploma or GED equivalent
- High School Chemistry with Lab or course waiver
- High School Biology with Lab or course waiver
- Algebra I and II or course waiver
- Meet general admission requirements of the University
- Submit an application to the home University
- Provide official transcripts of all colleges attended. Courses with a grade of “C-” or better should transfer to the University. Note: The MLT Program is science-intensive and students must achieve a minimum grade of 77% or C+ in all science courses.
- Meet the minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in courses completed at UMPI/UMA
Note: Students interested in the program who do not meet the entrance requirements are invited to contact one of the Program Co-Directors, the advising department, or the admissions office for assistance in identifying methods to obtain necessary courses required for the program.
We ask all potential MLT students to write an essay addressing the following questions.
- Why are you interested in the MLT Program? You may comment on previous experiences (work or personal) that have influenced your decision to enter this field.
- What qualities do you possess that will help you to be a good MLT?
- What are your professional goals?
If you have not had an opportunity to visit a clinical laboratory, please contact one of the Program Co-Directors for more information on scheduling a visit.
MLT graduates may upgrade their professional certification to Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) by transferring into the BA Biology program.
Additional Requirements Following Admission
For your information, if you are accepted to the MLT Program of Maine, you will need to complete the following requirements:
Criminal Background Checks
MLT students entering the clinical rotation component of the program must have a completed current criminal background check on file. If a student’s criminal background check returns evidence of a felony criminal conviction or other serious charges that could result in a clinical affiliate denying clinical rotation access to that student, a review of the situation will be conducted by the program director. Students are advised in MLT 103 that the majority of our clinical affiliates require evidence/validation of a criminal background check as per clinical affiliate/college contract agreements. If a student has a criminal history, the clinical affiliate has the right to deny that student access to its facility and the program must disclose such information to the affiliate and allow the affiliate the right to deny or approve access to said clinical affiliate. Failure to be placed in a clinical rotation would prevent the student from completing the MLT clinical program. In the event that the student feels that an error has been made in the results of the criminal background check, it is the responsibility of the student to contact the external vendor for a verification check.
Student Health Record
MLT students entering the clinical rotation component of the program must have a complete Health Record Form on file with the program that was completed no more than 12 months prior to the beginning of the clinical rotation. Students are advised in MLT 103 that all of our clinical affiliates require evidence/validation of immunizations and health records. The MLT Program has a standard health records form that must be completed by an approved medical provider. The following information must be completed as part of this process:
- Two Step PPD process (evidence of Neg TB screen)
- Evidence of immunization history
- Required Titer levels
- Hepatitis B vaccine or waiver form
- Physician Evaluation
If you have any questions or concerns regarding these requirements, please contact the MLT Program Co-Director.