Frequently Asked Questions
Q1: I am interested in your MLT to MT program and I have an Associate of Applied Science and not an Associates Degree, can I still apply to this program?
A1: Yes you can apply, some students that complete Associate of Applied Sciences or Associates degrees still need to complete additional course work before applying and being accepted to the 10 month MLT to MT program.
Q2: How do I know if my credits will transfer or if I need additional courses?
A2: Austin Peay State University accepts credits from regionally accredited universities only. The best way to know how classes will transfer is to apply to the university through APSU admissions and get accepted to the university. Upon acceptance your transcripts will be examined for credit. Once the transcripts have been examined an advisor will look at the course work and determine whether courses can be substituted or applied to major and degree requirements. This can be a time consuming process involving multiple departments so it is advisable to start this process as early as possible. After credits have been applied and substituted appropriately an advisor can assist you with enrolling in additional courses.
Q3: Is this program accredited?
A3: The Medical Technology program at APSU is accredited by NAACLS and completing the MLT to MT program will allow you to take the BOC exam to become certified as a Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) Note: This is the same as Medical Technologist.
Q4: How much does this program cost?
A4: Based on tuition estimates in summer 2015, it is approximately $14,500.00 for the 10-month program for e-rate online students who are Out of State. The best way to get the correct information is to complete the tuition estimator on the APSU website or contact the Bursar's office.
Q5: Can I qualify for financial aid?
A5: Yes you may qualify for financial aid during the Fall and Spring semesters you will be enrolled in 12 credits each semester. This is considered a full-time student load. If you are interested in financial aid, please contact the Office of Financial Aid so they may assist you with this process.
Q6: Can I take courses part-time or start in Spring?
A6: No you must enroll in the program full-time and begin classes in August. Currently there is no way to enroll part-time or in the spring semester.
Q7: How do I apply to this program?
A7: The first step is to apply and be accepted to the University. This is done through the admissions office. Next contact the Department of Allied Health Sciences to be set up with an advisor after you have received your acceptance letter. Your advisor will examine your transcripts and make the necessary substitutions to evaluate your transcripts. Once evaluated, which could take several weeks, the advisor can recommend any remaining course work that needs to be completed before applying to the MLT to MT program. Once all course work is completed or will be completed by the Fall semester you can apply to the MLT to MT program by downloading the application and completing it prior to deadline for fall applications. Once the application is received, the MLT to MT admissions committee will evaluate your application and determine your acceptance. Please note that it is possible that all applicants will not be accepted, and that late applications may not be evaluated in time to enroll in this program.
Q8: Are all of the classes online?
A8: Yes all courses in the MLT to MT program are offered online as asynchronous courses. This means that you must complete course work by specific deadlines but you are free to accomplish this at any time day or night. This will allow students with varying work schedules to take the classes.
Q9: Are the online classes as hard as on-ground classes?
A9: Yes they are the same courses, and by taking 12 credits each semester you will be very busy. This is the minimum required for full-time student status. If you are working full-time and taking classes, you will need to make the most of your time. This will be a difficult 10 months but your experience in Laboratory Medicine should help you understand concepts with greater wisdom and understanding.
Q10: Will I get credit for my work experience?
A:10 Yes, with at least two years' full-time work experience (minimum 4,000 working hours) as a nationally certified MLT in an accredited human diagnostic laboratory, you will be given credit for clinical rotation courses. If you need more experience in a specific area, we might be able to assist your through clinical affiliations with your hospital. While this might not be possible for each student, we are open to these possibilities.
Q11: What about state licensure, does this program meet the requirements for my state of residence?
A:11 Each state has their own licensure requirements, some may be simple and others more complex. We cannot possibly track all state requirements, so we encourage each student to decide whether this program meets the requirements of your state. If you are a Tennessee resident that intends to work in Tennessee you have specific requirements in chemistry, biology, microbiology, and other areas that you must meet to become licensed in Tennessee. We require in-state applicants that wish to work in Tennessee to comply with all state requirements before enrolling in the MLT to MT program. Please note that all state requirements both in Tennessee or other states are subject to change without prior notice.
Q12: I need more information about the program, who should I contact?
A12: Please contact Ms. Patty Mason our administrative assistant for more info. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (931)221-6455.