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The application deadline is May 15 for the Associate of Applied Science in Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) program at Three Rivers College in Poplar Bluff. The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) entrance examination requirement has been waived at this time.

The MLT program at Three Rivers is part of the Missouri Health Professions Consortium (MHPC). The program was developed to meet the increasing demand for highly competent medical laboratory technicians in rural and underserved areas of Missouri.

The Three Rivers MLT program is designed to prepare students with the knowledge, skills, and professional behaviors necessary to be eligible to apply for the national certification examination, as well as to meet employer expectations.

“We work closely with our students to make sure they have the education they need for the best possible chance of success,” said Dr. Leslie Gragg, Chair of Nursing and Allied Health at Three Rivers College.

According to Gragg, MLT students have a variety of options for employment after graduating and receiving their license. Possible employers include hospital laboratories, private clinics, research labs, vet labs, industry, crime investigations, forensic studies, and public health facilities.

Students must complete an application and meet certain criteria to be admitted into the MLT program.

Applicants must successfully complete the required general education prerequisite courses with a grade of C or higher and have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher. Students must also maintain a C grade or higher while enrolled in the MLT program.

Gragg advises that all admissions materials, including official copies of transcripts from high school and other colleges, must be received by the appropriate deadline. Application forms for the MLT program can be found online at Prospective students must also complete a free Three Rivers application.

For more information about the MLT program, contact Gragg at To enroll at Three Rivers College, call 573-840-9605 or visit

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