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MLT Program


The Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) course is a 52 week course consisting of a 26-week resident phase (Phase I) taught at the AMEDD Center and School, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, and a 26-week clinical practicum (Phase II) conducted at selected military medical treatment facilities. The course provides graduates with the technical skills and knowledge required to achieve medical laboratory technician competencies. The cirriculum areas include clinical chemistry, urinalysis, hematology, immunology, immunohematology, medical microbiology, laboratory mathematics, and basic laboratory statistics. Soldiers entering the program are affiliated with George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, DC. Upon graduation, soldiers will receive a transcript reflecting 60 hours of lower division, undergraduate college credit. Upon graduation, students are eligible to take the ASCP MLT registry exam for certification.


Course Prerequisites are specified in DA Pam 351-4; height and weight standards are IAW AR 600-9.

School is open to Active Army E4 and below, Reserve Components, and DoD Civilians assigned to MEDCEN/MEDDAC.

Applicants must have a minimum ST score of 110 and at least one year of high school chemistry and algebra.

Active Army applicants must have a minimum of 30 months time-in-service remaining.

Reserve components and DoD have service remaining requirements IAW NGR 350-1 and Government Employees Training Act of 1958, respectively. Applicants cannot be color blind or have an aversion to blood or needles.

Students must meet physical fitness and weight standards IAW AR 600-9. Students must be able to pass an Army Physical Fitness Test in both Phase I and Phase II to graduate.


The phase II program at Fort Benning is a performance-based practical application of the technical skills and knowledge taught in the Phase I portion at Fort Sam Houston. It is designed to bridge the gap between theory and practice by providing supervised training in various sections of a fully functional clinical laboratory. Here, students have the opportunity to hone phlebotomy skills, and gain hands on experience with state of the art equipment.

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