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Study to become a Medical Laboratory Technician at Three Rivers College in Poplar Bluff. The Med Lab Tech (MLT) program offers a quality, affordable education close to home, and provides the training you’ll need for a career as a Med Lab Tech.

Application deadline: May 15

The MLT program at Three Rivers is part of the Missouri Health Professions Consortium (MHPC), and is coordinated through Moberly Area Community College.

Program Details

Each summer, an average of 30 students are selected to begin the program in the Fall. The professional year of the program (MLT coursework) is designed to be completed within 12 months beginning in August and ending the following August.

The MHPC MLT Program curriculum includes virtual classroom instruction (3-5 days/week, fall and spring semesters), on-campus laboratory instruction in Mexico, Mo. or Poplar Bluff as designated (maximum three separate times each, fall and spring semesters), and an off-campus clinical rotation component (3-5 days/week, fall, spring, and summer). Please see the application packet for information regarding tuition and fees associated with the program.

After all classes and clinical requirements are completed within the MHPC MLT Program, students graduate from their home campus and are eligible to take the national certification examination. The MHPC MLT Program is full-time only, with courses offered in a specific sequence.

Program information is also available in the 2022-2023 TRC College Catalog, starting on page 121.


Enrollment in the MHPC MLT program is selective and an informational packet with application materials is available online. Students must complete all general education coursework PRIOR to entry into the professional level program. However, students can complete coursework in the semester prior to the start of the program; under these circumstances, program admission would be contingent upon successful completion of general education prerequisite coursework and maintenance of the required 2.5 GPA. Transcript evidence of satisfactory completion of general education/prerequisite coursework must be received with the application packet. Only students meeting all admission criteria and submitting completed application packets within the established time frame will be considered. The Application Committee meetings are conducted the summer before the start of the professional year. Admission decisions of the Application Committee are final. Applicants will receive a letter regarding admissions status following committee review.

Program Prerequisites:

  • Admission into the Missouri Health Professions Consortium (MHPC) Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) program.
  • Successful completion of required general education prerequisite courses with a grade of C or higher.
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher.
  • Successful completion of each course during each semester required in the MHPC MLT program with a grade of C or higher.
  • Students must have a TEAS score in the 50th percentile or higher.

About the Missouri Health Professions Consortium

The MLT program is part of the Missouri Health Professions Consortium (MHPC), and is coordinated through Moberly Area Community College. It’s offered through the following community colleges: Mineral Area College (MAC), Moberly Area Community College (MACC), North Central Missouri College (NCMC), State Fair Community College (SFCC), and Three Rivers College (TRC). The program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720, Rosmont, IL 60018, 773-714-8880.

In keeping with the mission of the Missouri Health Professions Consortium (MHPC), the Medical Laboratory Technician program was developed to meet the increasing demand for highly competent medical laboratory technicians in rural and underserved areas of Missouri. The purpose of this associate degree program is to prepare selected individuals to provide accurate and reliable diagnostic testing results to the citizens of Missouri. We educate and prepare laboratory generalists to have the knowledge, skills, and professional behaviors that are necessary to be eligible to apply for the national certification examination as well as meet employer expectations in the community service area.

Three Rivers College Catalog


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