Medical Laboratory Technician AAS

The nationally accredited Medical Laboratory Technician program is designed to prepare graduates for employment in hospitals, commercial laboratories, physician office laboratories and pharmaceutical companies. Upon program completion, students are eligible to take national certification examinations. Medical laboratory technicians follow specific procedures to perform a variety of routine diagnostic tests on blood and other body fluids in chemistry, hematology, urinalysis, immunohematology, microbiology and immunology. Thus, MLTs, in cooperation with other laboratory personnel, provide physicians with valuable information needed to care for patients. The curriculum combines traditional college courses in the humanities and sciences with clinical courses. Campus facilities and area hospital and commercial laboratories provide an authentic environment where students practice basic procedures, learn interpersonal skills, study diseases, and relate laboratory medicine to other aspects of health care.

Career Pathway

Mission Statement

It is the mission of the MLT program to respond to the needs of the community by educating students to perform a wide variety of clinical laboratory procedures and prepare these students to perform competently as Medical Laboratory Technicians upon graduation.

Accreditation

The Medical Laboratory Technician Program is accredited by NAACLS, The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, 5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018, (733) 714-8880, http://www.naacls.org/

Program Outcomes

A graduate should be able to:

  • collect and prepare clinical specimens for analysis.
  • operate laboratory instruments.
  • perform a variety of diagnostic analyses according to prescribed methodology.
  • monitor and assess the quality of data generated.
  • recognized problems which may occur during testing.
  • describe principles, reactions and reagents for each method studied.
  • relate test results to other patient information to the extent required for understanding the analyses.
  • demonstrate behavior and attitudes consistent with those of laboratory professionals.

Special Admission Guidelines

Students who wish to be considered for admission to the Medical Laboratory Technician program must present credentials matching the following guidelines.

All students must submit a high school transcript or G.E.D., including one year each of biology and chemistry and two years of math, including algebra with grades of "C" or better (equivalent courses taken in college would be acceptable substitutes) and ONE of the following credentials:

  1. ACT composite score of 18 or above.
  2. SATC scores of 1350 total, or SAT.CB scores of 1000 total.
  3. College transcript including 14 semester hours consisting of two 4-credit science courses with laboratories and two 3-credit courses from the general education component of the MLT curriculum. The courses must have been taken at an institution in which English is the primary instructional language. Grades for the four courses must each be "C" or better and result in a GPA of at least 2.5. Science courses must be successfully completed within 10 years prior to enrolling in MLT courses All students must take placement tests in English, mathematics, and reading and place above the developmental level prior to enrolling in MLT110.

Admission to the program is selective and completion of minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance. All applicants must submit an Online Petition for Admission to the MLT Program in February of the year they wish to be considered. Criteria such as completion of non-MLT courses, date of application and date of completion of minimum requirements may be used in the decision process. All students must complete the MLT program within four academic years of the date of initial enrollment in the program. Please contact MLT office at 215-641-6437 for further information.

Essential Functions

In addition to the academic admission requirements for students entering the MLT Program, the following Essential Functions are also expected of all students:

  • Students must be able to visualize objects through a microscope and differentiate color, shape and structure of organisms and cells. Students must be able to detect color changes on reagent strips and during chemical analyses.
  • Students must possess sufficient motor skills and manual dexterity to obtain and manipulate specimens, reagents, glassware, instruments and equipment with accuracy, speed and precision in such a manner that does not endanger themselves and others.
  • Students must possess effective written and oral communication skills in order to accurately transmit information to patients, physicians and other healthcare professionals. Students must possess the ability to read and write in English.
  • Students must demonstrate professional attitudes and behaviors. Students must be able to use reasonable judgment under stressful conditions to make decisions that impact patient care. Students must be able to work independently as a member of a team to maintain the highest standards in the delivery of patient care.
  • Students must be able to move easily from one location to another in the Laboratory to do testing and through patient areas to perform phlebotomy.

Students must be able to fulfill these essential functions of the job without endangering patients or other health care workers. Students with disabilities may be eligible for accommodations. Prior to the start of the Program, students may contact the Director of Services with Disabilities in College Hall 131 at 215-641-6575 for more information. At the West Campus, contact the Coordinator of Disability Services in the Student Success Center at 610-718-1853.

Advanced Standing

Applicants who are CLAs or who have experience working in clinical laboratories may be eligible to obtain credit via challenge of certain MLT courses. Information is available from the Program Director.

Special Program Requirements

Students are required to purchase their own malpractice insurance, uniforms, and to provide their own transportation to and from all clinical assignments and enrichment site visits. In addition to having a physical examination, which includes documentation of selected vaccinations and urine drug screen within six months prior to entering the program, students must also provide evidence of immunity to Hepatitis B. Students must also complete a criminal background check and child abuse clearance. A criminal record may exclude the student from participation in the clinical year. Students in MLT courses may occasionally be required to act as subjects for laboratory tests such as venipuncture, capillary puncture, bleeding time, and urinalysis. Students must attend a mandatory orientation session. Note: no ear gages, piercings other than the ear lobe, or visible tattoos are permitted while in uniform.

Curriculum

First Semester

MLT 110 Introduction for the MLT 4
CHE 131 Chemistry for the Technologies I 4
BIO 130 Introductory Anatomy and Physiology 4
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
SOC 101
(18 Credit Hours)
Introduction to Sociology 3

Second Semester

MLT 123 Immunohematology Lecture 2
MLT 124 Immunohematology Laboratory 1
MLT 125 Hematology Lecture 2
MLT 126 Hematology Laboratory 1
CHE 132 Chemistry for the Technologies II 4
BIO 141 Clinical Microbiology I 4
ENG 102
(17 Credit Hours)
English Composition II 3

Third Semester

MLT 233 Clinical Chemistry Lecture 3
MLT 234 Clinical Chemistry Laboratory 2
MLT 235 Clinical Practicum in MLT I 3
BIO 241 Clinical Microbiology II 4
Elective Core Goal 10: Exercise and Health Sciences 2-3
Elective
(17-18 Credit Hours)
Core Goal 6: Intellectual Heritage 3

Fourth Semester

MLT 244 Professional Issues in MLT 2
MLT 245 Clinical Practicum in MLT II 6
MLT 246 MLT Seminar 1
Elective
(12 Credit Hours)
Core Goal 7: Aesthetic Sensibility and the Arts 3

TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS CREDIT: 64-65

Revised: 10/2013, 4/2013, 2/2011, 2/2010, 8/2005

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