Do you want to work in laboratories analyzing blood samples, detecting illnesses, and solving forensic cases? 

Our Medical Laboratory Science program teaches you to evaluate blood and body fluids, interpret laboratory results, and perform diagnostic testing in a laboratory setting.

Once you graduate, take and pass a National Certification Exam, and you’re steps away from beginning your career as a Medical Laboratory Technician.


  • Admission for this five-semester program occurs each Fall semester at the Lafayette campus.
  • Graduates are eligible to apply to a national certification agency for examination and the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners (LSBME) for initial state licensure.
  • On campus, students participate in lecture classes and engage in a simulated clinical laboratory setting. During clinicals, students receive hands-on training with affiliated clinical sites, rotating through the four main areas of the medical laboratory. 
  • Students must receive a “C” or better in all curriculum courses to satisfy graduation requirements. 

Take a look at the degree plan:

The MLS 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) 714.8886 (fax)
(Accreditation status satisfactory through April 30, 2029).


Whether you want to work in a clinic,  hospital, crime lab, or industrial lab, SLCC will prepare you for a career as a Medical Laboratory Technician.

Program outcomes spring 2023 spring 2022 spring 2021
certification rate 100% 92% 100%
number of graduates 16 12 15
graduation rate 100% 100% 100%
job placement rate 94% 100% 100%

Average salary$57,100
(Bureau of Labor Statistics, Louisiana Average Salary 2022)

Program Requirements

  • Attend a mandatory Medical Laboratory Science information session. 
  • Pass a background check. 
  • Pass a color-blindness examination.
  • Pass a drug screen.
  • Read and communicate orally and in writing using the English language.
  • Submit a history & physical examination report certifying you are physically and emotionally fit for the program.
  • As documented by a physician on the history & physical exam document, you must demonstrate the ability to meet technical/performance standards (related to ADA compliance) throughout the MLS Program.
  • Provide recent (less than one year) TB skin test or chest x-ray.
  • Submit proof of current immunizations or titers for Hepatitis B, Varicella, MMR, and Tdap. 
  • Purchase the required clinical uniform(s) and supplies as outlined by the instructor.
  • Obtain CPR Basic Life Support for Healthcare Provider certification.
  • Adhere to HIPAA and other confidentiality clauses involving client care or clinical training.
  • Arrange transportation to clinical sites, or any additional training or extra-curricular activities.


Nadlyn Rideaux

Medical Lab Technology Program Director and Instructor, Allied Health

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