Medical Laboratory Science is a five-semester program designed to prepare the student to function as a member of the clinical laboratory staff. The technician performs routine procedures under the supervision of medical technologists and pathologists.

Duties of the medical laboratory technician include performing such tests as complete blood counts, urinalysis, cross matching blood for transfusion, identifying pathogenic organisms, and analyzing blood and other body fluids for chemical components. Results of these procedures aid the physician by providing 70 percent of the diagnostic and maintenance health care information used by physicians.

Career opportunities for the MLT are found in hospitals, clinics, public health agencies, and privately owned medical and industrial laboratories in most locations throughout the United States. Advancement in the field is possible as work experience and continued education are acquired.

The student must be able to sit, stand for short periods of time, use a microscope, and be able to lift 25 pounds. 

The program has begun the process to become accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences. Graduates will be eligible to sit for national certification examination administered by the Board of Registry of the American Society for Clinical Pathology and/or other national organizations. Currently, the program has a 90 percent graduation rate and an 80 percent job placement rate within the first three months of graduation.

Admission Progress
The freshman year of the program is open to any student. Admission to the sophomore year professional program is limited to ten (10) students, and a separate application is required. Applicants will be selected based upon a point system derived from a combination of prerequisite GPA and TEAS scores. Students will be allowed to take the TEAS three (3) times and the highest TEAS score on file at the application deadline will be the score that is accepted. For additional information, contact the program director.

Admission Process

Admission Process

The freshman year of the program is open to any student. Admission to the sophomore year professional program is limited to 10 students, and a separate application is required. Applicants will be selected based upon a point system derived from a combination of prerequisite GPA and TEAS V scores. Students will be allowed to take the TEAS V three times and the highest TEAS V score on file at the application deadline will be the score that is accepted. For additional information, contact the program director.

Associates of Applied Science

Associate of Applied Science

FALL SEMESTER
COURSE SEM.HR.
ENGL 1113 Composition I 3
MATH 1023 College Algebra 3
CHEM 1014/L Chemistry I for Health-Related Professions 4
BIOL 2064/L Anatomy and Physiology I 4
MLS 1001 Orientation to Clinical Lab 1
HS 1001 Computer Basics 1
Semester Total 16
 
SPRING SEMESTER
COURSE SEM.HR.
ENGL 1123 Composition II 3
BIOL 2074/L Anatomy and Physiology II/Lab 4
Social Science Elective 3
MBIO 1124/L General Microbiology 4
HIT 1003 Medical Terminology 3
Semester Total 17
 
FALL SEMESTER
COURSE SEM.HR.
MLS 1013/L Phlebotomy/Lab 3
MLS 1031 Phlebotomy Practicum 1
MLS 1022 Clinical Microscopy 2
MLS 1032 Clinical Microscopy Practicum 2
MLS 1034 Clinical Hematology/Coagulation 4
MLS 1044 Clinical Hematology/Coagulation Practicum 4
Semester Total 16
 
SPRING SEMESTER
COURSE SEM.HR.
MLS 2004 Clinical Immunology/ Immune Hematology 4
MLS 2014 Clinical Immunology/Immune Hematology Practicum 4
MLS 2024 Clinical Microbiology 4
MLS 2034 Clinical Microbiology Practicum 4
Semester Total 16
 
SUMMER TERM
COURSE SEM.HR.
MLS 2215 Clinical Chemistry 5
MLS 2225 Clinical Chemistry Practicum 5
MLS 2312 Seminar in Management/Professional Development 2
Semester Total 12
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS 77

Basic Studies Requirements:

Reading - ACT 19 or above (or) ASSET 41 or above (or) COMPASS 80 or above (or) complete BSTD 0113 Reading Skills II.

Writing - ACT 19 or above (or) ASSET 42 or above (or) COMPASS 75 or above (or) complete BSTD 0213 Fundamentals of Writing II.

Math - ACT 19 or above (or) ASSET Intermediate Algebra Skills 43 or above (or) COMPASS 71 or above (or) complete BSTD 0513 Intermediate Algebra.

SAS - A course required for all first-time, full-time degree-seeking students and students who test into two or more basic studies courses.

If you are interested in further information regarding this program, please contact:
Dean of Health and Natural Sciences
Phone: 870-864-7102; Fax: 866-222-8026

Application Process

Application Process

  • Complete application process to SouthArk.
  • Applicants are eligible for an MLT Program application packet after placement test scores or classes are completed showing no basic skills deficiency and successful completion of prerequisite courses.
  • Complete MLS application packet.  Applications can be picked up from the HNS Career Advisor.
  • Take the TEAS and meet minimum score requirements. Check with the Health Science Advisor for details.  
  • Following submission of the MLS application packet and completion of the academic requirements, interviews for the clinical program will be scheduled. 

Formal admission to the A.A.S. clinical program occurs upon completion of the preclinical requirements. Admission is based upon cumulative and selected grade point averages and ranking based upon criteria listed in the SACC catalog.

Application Deadlines

Professional Programs Application Deadlines

To apply for admission to a HNS Professional Program, applicants must have completed:

  • All basic studies requirements.
  • All prerequisite classes (or be currently enrolled in) as specified in the SouthArk catalog for each professional program.

See SouthArk catalog for specifics regarding each program's requirements and/or consult program advisor.

Program

Class Begins

Application Deadline

LPN – Warren Days

January 2018
Spring Semester

Friday,
October 6, 2017
By 12:00 p.m.

LPN - El Dorado Days

May 2018
Summer Semester

Friday
February 2, 2018
By 12:00 p.m.

LPN - El Dorado Evenings

August 2017
Fall Semester

Friday
June 2, 2017
By 12:00 p.m.

LPN-to-RN

January 2018
Spring Semester

August 31, 2017
By 5:00 p.m.
Application Open Now

Surgical Technology

Fall Semester 
2017

June 15, 2017

OTA

Summer Semester
2018

March 30, 2018

PTA

Summer Semester
2017

March 1, 2017

Radiologic Technology

Fall Semester
2017

 March 27, 2017

EMT

  Fall & Spring 
Semester

 No Application Process – 
Open Enrollment Until Filled 

Paramedic

August 2016

  July 20, 2016

Respiratory Therapy

Fall Semster
2017

June 30, 2017

Coding - HIT

August 2017

No Application Process –
Open Enrollment Until Filled 

Phlebotomy

Fall Semester
2017

Applications Available Until Filled