Medical Laboratory Technician to Medical Technologist Transition Pathway (MTTP)

You are eligible for the MTTP if you meet ALL the following criteria:

1. graduate of an associate degree MLT/CLT program accredited by NAACLS.
2. hold certification as an MLT(ASCP), CLT(NCA), or equivalent.
3. have 1-year of full-time work experience as an MLT/CLT (or will have at the point of taking the CLSC courses).
4. have been admitted as a degree seeking student by East Carolina University (to apply, contact ECU Office of Admissions at 328-6133 or go to the website  Note: Be sure to have the registrar(s) at all college(s) you have attended, send an official transcript directly to the Registrar, East Carolina University, Whichard 105, Greenville, NC 27858-4353. On your ECU admissions application indicate CLSC as your intended major.
5. have been admitted to the clinical laboratory science program.  Click HERE for the application.

Once admitted to ECU as an undergraduate degree-seeking student, the Registrar Office will evaluate your transcript(s) for transfer credit. ECU will not give credit for any of your MLT courses, but there is a mechanism that we use in CLSC to compensate for this which is explained below. ECU will give you credit for any other courses, though, that have an equivalent course at ECU or as elective credit.

The courses that are in the pre-professional phase of the CLSC degree are taken in departments outside of CLSC, therefore, we have no control over when and how they are offered. The pre-professional courses you must take are listed below as the specific ECU course along with the equivalent course at a community college if you prefer to take these courses in your home community. You will not have to take those courses for which you receive transfer credit.

Pre-Professional Phase Courses

Science Prerequisite Courses

ECU Courses Community/Junior College Courses
BIOL 1100, 1101

BIO 111

BIOL 2130 BIO 163
CHEM 1150, 1151 CHM 151
CHEM 1160, 1161 CHM 152
CHEM 2750, 2753 CHM 251
CHEM 2760, 2763 CHM 252
MATH 1065 MAT 161
MATH 2228 MAT 151 & 151A or 155 & 155A
MIS 2223 CIS 110

Foundations Curriculum courses (required for all BS and BA degrees at ECU)*

ECU Courses Community/Junior College Courses
ENGL 1100 ENG 111
ENGL 1200 ENG 112 or 113 or 114
PSYC 1000 PSY 150
HLTH 1000 HEA 110 or 120
EXSS 1000 PED any 100 level course
Social Science (4 3-credit hour courses from 3 different prefixes) Includes courses in sociology, history, political science, psychology, geography, ethics, economics, and gerontology
Humanities/Fine Arts (2 3-credit hour and 2 2-credit hour courses with at least 1 course in humanities and 1 course in fine arts) Humanities include courses in literature, greek and roman vocabulary, religion, ethics, philosophy, and literature in a foreign language:  Fine Arts include courses in art, music, theatre, dance, and speech

* Note:  Students who enter ECU with an associate of arts degree will be approved as meeting all ECU general education requirements.


Professional Phase (CLSC) Courses

Automatic Credit

In recognition of a MLT/CLT education, you will be given credit for the following 7 required courses based on meeting the eligibility requirements for the MTTP. These courses are:

CLSC 3410 Hematology I 3
CLSC 3411 Hematology I Lab 1
CLSC 4430 Clinical Chemistry I 2
CLSC 4431 Clinical Chemistry I Lab 1
CLSC 3440 Clinical Microscopy and Serology Lecture 2
CLSC 3441 Clinical Microscopy and Serology Lab 1
BIOL 2110, 2111 Fundamentals of Microbiology with Lab 4
TOTAL 14 credit hours

This credit will be awarded through "credit by memo" with posting of credit for HPRO 2502, 2503, 2504, and 2505 on your transcript.

Clinical Projects

You will not be required to do the usual 28-weeks (4 days per week) of clinical rotations that the entry-level CLS/MT students do. Instead, you will register for and do an individualized "clinical project" in each of 4 areas. The "clinical project" will be determined by the CLSC instructor for the given area based on the MLT clinical rotations content you completed in your associate degree program, your work experience, and your preferences for additional knowledge and skills. The "clinical project" may be only literature research and written reporting or may also include some specified clinical rotation time. The 4 "clinical project" courses, which normally are undertaken in the student's last 2 semesters, are:

CLSC 4772 Clinical Project: Hematology  4
CLSC 4773 Clinical Project: Chemistry 4
CLSC 4774 Clinical Project: Blood Bank 4
CLSC 4777 Clinical Project: Microbiology 4
TOTAL 16 credit hours

Internet Courses via Blackboard System of ECU:

In order to allow you to be able to work and still pursue coursework, the CLSC faculty have placed all classroom (i.e., lecture) courses on the web so that you can do these courses without having to come to campus lectures. Upon registering for the course, you can go onto ECU's Blackboard system to access the course lecture notes, assignments, web links, and other resources for each of the courses listed below, and complete them at your convenience. You will have to come to campus only for the proctored written exams that can be scheduled around your work schedule.

On-line Laboratory Competency Courses:

The lab component of the courses below will be taken with a combination of website course materials, proctored written and practical exams, and a knowledge/skills procedures and tests checklist that must be completed under the supervision of a nationally certified CLS/MT with clinical experience in the subject area who is approved by the CLSC faculty.  The clinical site (lab) where each of these courses' checklists is to be performed must also be approved by the CLSC faculty.  Completion of these courses will require on-campus written and practical exams as well.

CLSC 3420, 3421 Hematology II and Hematology II Laboratory 3,1
CLSC 3430 Clinical Immunology 2
CLSC 4210, 4211 Immunohematology Lecture and Lab 3, 1
CLSC 4440, 4441 Clinical Chemistry II and Lab 4, 2
CLSC 4460, 4461 Clinical Microbiology I and Lab 4, 2
CLSC 4470, 4471 Clinical Microbiology II and Lab 3, 2
CLSC 4480, 4481 Clinical Microbiology III and Lab 2, 1
CLSC 4491 Molecular Diagnostics in CLS I 1
CLSC 4492 Molecular Diagnostics in CLS II* 1
CLSC 4803 Introduction to Clinical Laboratory Information Systems 2
CLSC 4801 Professional Practice Issues  I** 3
CLSC 4802 Professional Practice Issues  II** 4
TOTAL 41 credit hours
 * Will require a brief experience in a clinical molecular diagnostics laboratory approved by the CLSC faculty.

**Will require completion of a senior research project under the direction of a CLSC faculty.


It should take you approximately 2 years to complete the MTTP to your BS degree taking a full academic load each semester (15-18 credits/semester). If you continue to work and take 1 to 2 courses per semester, it would take about 4 to 5 years for completion of the BS degree in CLS. The MTTP represents 2 years of coursework beyond your MLT associate degree which required 2 years to complete (i.e., 4 years total on a full-time basis).

For further information on the MTTP, contact:

Ann McConnell, MAEd, MLS(ASCP)CM

Department of Clinical Laboratory Science
College of Allied Health Sciences
East Carolina University
Health Sciences Building, 3410D
Greenville, NC 27858-4353


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