Application Process


Medical Laboratory Technology Application Process

Before you proceed with the application process, we encourage you to read the Medical Laboratory Technology FAQ. If you need additional help with the application process, please contact us.

  • Applicants must be enrolled in Austin Community College. Click here for more information. Admission to Austin Community College does not guarantee admission to a Health Sciences program.
  • The Medical Laboratory Technology Associate of Applied Science (AAS) program is open to all students. A health science background is not required to apply.
  • Applicants must meet the Technical Standards required by the program.

New students are accepted into the Medical Laboratory Technology program in the Fall.

Applications must be submitted by April 1 for the following Fall semester. Applications must be physically received by the close of business on the deadline date. If the deadline date falls on a weekend, the deadline will be extended to the next regular business day.

If seats remain available after the deadline, the program will continue to review applications until 10 working days before the start of the Fall semester.

  1. Complete the program-required immunizations and retain a copy of your immunization form.
  2. Review the mandatory online Information Session, then print and keep a copy of the email confirmation. A faculty adviser will contact you within two weeks to schedule an advising session.
  3. Print the confirmation email that the faculty adviser sends to you following the advising session.
  4. Complete the following prerequisite courses with a “C” or better by the application deadline. These courses are required in order to submit your application.
    • CHEM 1305 and 1105: Introduction to Chemistry I Lecture and Lab or
    • CHEM 1311 and 1111: General Chemistry I Lecture and Lab
    • MLAB 1101: Introduction to Clinical Lab Science
  5. Complete remaining Fall and Spring first-year semester courses. You must earn a “C” or better on these courses. The courses below must be complete by the end of the second semester of the MLT degree plan.
    • HPRS 1171: Student Success for Health Professionals (required for all students)
    • PSYC 2301: Introduction to Psychology
    • PHIL 2306: Ethics
    • BIOL 1406: Cellular and Molecular Biology
    • MLAB 1231: Parasitology/ Mycology
    • ENGL 1301: English Composition I
    • SPCH 1311: Introduction to Speech Communication
  6. The student must be enrolled in or have completed the following courses to satisfy the Phlebotomy requirement. If a phlebotomy course is taken through ACC, a separate Phlebotomy application must be submitted.
    • NAACLS approved phlebotomy program or
    • hold certification as a phlebotomy technician or
    • document eligibility to test for national certification in phlebotomy.
  7. Obtain official transcripts for coursework taken at any schools other than ACC. Medical Laboratory Technology course work completed with a grade of “C” or higher at another regionally accredited institution may be applied toward completion of the program at Austin Community College. Course(s) must have been completed no more than 1 year prior to acceptance to the ACC Medical Laboratory Technology program. The Department Chair will review official transcripts, course descriptions, and syllabi to determine the suitability of the previous courses completed. A challenge exam may be required. Additionally, the student must submit a letter of withdrawal in good standing from the previous Program Director along with all other documents required in the Application Process by the application deadline.
  8. Go to the CastleBranch website and click the link “Place Order.”
  9. Enter UL64im in the “Package Code” field. After entering your personal information, the system will prompt you to upload your 1-page immunization form for each of the four required immunizations.  The cost to set up the account is $30.
  10. Next input code UL69im in the “Package Code” field. The system will prompt you to upload the following application documents:
  11. Documents are approved when you receive a green check next to the requirement. All items must be approved in CastleBranch before your application will be accepted.
  1. After completing the steps above for CastleBranch (green checks = clearance), complete the application for the Medical Laboratory Technology program.
  2. Deliver application and official transcripts from any schools other than ACC to a Health Sciences admissions office during the application period (see “Deadline” section above):
    • Eastview Campus: 3401 Webberville Rd. Austin, TX 78702 (Building 8000, Room 8356)
    • Round Rock Campus: 4400 College Park Dr, Round Rock TX 78665 (Building 3000, room 3105)
  • The Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) applicant selection process is used for the selection of qualified applicants into the second year of the MLT program. The MLT program accepts a total of 24 applicants for the second year course curricula, 12 at the Round Rock campus and 12 at the Eastview campus. This process is used to insure a fair and equitable process when the number of applicants exceeds the number of spots available.
  • Each admission cycle is competitive. If a candidate defers acceptance to the program for any reason, then the application will be returned to the applicant pool for consideration for the following year. If an applicant declines their spot, the next applicant on the list will be offered that position.
  • When the application period has closed, all qualified applicants for admission to the next cohort will be ranked using the Medical Laboratory Technology Applicant Ranking Worksheet.
  • If a tied ranking occurs, the admissions committee defaults to the recorded application date as documented by the HS Office staff.
  • The first 24 qualified applicants with the highest-ranking score will be sent a letter of conditional acceptance by email to the address listed on the MLT application, which will include further instructions. Failure to complete any part of the admissions process will result in withdrawal of acceptance into the program. If a course in year one has not been completed by the end of the second semester of the degree plan, the student’s offer of acceptance will be withdrawn. The student’s application would be held for the next admissions cycle.
  • Once the current class is filled, those applicants not accepted will be placed on an alternate list for the current class and will receive a letter stating their rank in the pool for the current year. If a student declines the offer of acceptance into the second year of the program, the highest ranked student on the alternate list will be offered conditional acceptance. This will continue until the cohort is filled.
  • Students who are not accepted into the current class will be required to complete a reapplication form by the stated application deadline. Failure to submit the reapplication form to the department chair will result in removal of the application from the pool. Points will be awarded for reapplication.
  • Applicants who are not accepted into the current class are encouraged to meet with a MLT faculty advisor to discuss improving future ranking. Points will continue to accrue based on completion of co-requisite courses. Students may increase their points by earning a higher grade in co-requisite and pre-requisite courses by retaking the course. Progression must be shown on the MLT degree plan.
  • MLT Applications are kept on file for 2 years. The applicant is responsible for maintaining communication with the program on a regular basis to keep the application current. Failure to submit the reapplication form will result in moving the application to inactive status.

Provisional  Admission Information

Admission to the Medical Laboratory Technician program is provisional until the following clinical requirements are met. Do not take action on these items until instructed by the department:

If you have concerns about events in your background, you may contact the Health Sciences Compliance Coordinator Lisa Enloe at (512) 223-5867 or lenloe@austincc.edu.

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