About MLT



PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Medical Laboratory Technician Associate in Science degree program is designed to prepare the student for entry into the clinical laboratory setting as a medical laboratory technician. As a member of the health care team, the medical laboratory technician plays a critical role in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of disease by developing data on blood and other human body fluids using highly computerized and automated instrumentation. Medical laboratory technicians work under the supervision of medical technologists or physicians in all areas of the laboratory, including chemistry, hematology, immunology, serology, immunohematology and microbiology. The student will become proficient in these disciplines of the laboratory through didactic and laboratory sessions at the college, and clinical practicums at affiliated sites. Students who complete the program are then eligible to sit for the board of certification exam with the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).

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PROGRAM OUTCOMES

Graduates of the Medical Laboratory Technician program will:

  • Demonstrate the entry level competencies necessary to perform routine clinical laboratory tests in all areas of the laboratory.
  • Demonstrate the ability to be responsible for information processing, training, and quality control monitoring wherever clinical laboratory testing is performed.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply safety and governmental regulations to maintain compliance in the laboratory.
  • Demonstrate awareness of their responsibility to the profession and the community it serves.
  • Understand the need to participate in continuing education activities to remain current with changes in the health care profession, laying the foundation for a lifetime of learning.

PROGRAM GOALS

  • Students will be able to perform routine laboratory procedures encompassing all major areas of the clinical laboratory including hematology, chemistry, immunology, serology, microbiology, urinalysis and transfusion services at the career entry level.
  • Students will be able to procure laboratory test samples in an efficient and timely manner.
  • Students will able to recognize unexpected results and instrument malfunctions and take appropriate action.
  • Students will be able to produce accurate laboratory test results within acceptable limits of quality control.
  • Students will be able to correlate laboratory findings to common disease processes.
  • Students will demonstrate critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Students will be able to communicate effectively and understand the need to consult with more experienced team members when necessary and to deliver test information to clinicians in a timely manner.
  • Students will comply with safety procedures and ethical standards of practice.
  • Students will be accountable and professional when interacting with patients, fellow employees, and other health care providers and the public.
  • Students will understand the importance of continuing education and professional awareness.
  • Students will be prepared to sit for the Board of Certification exam for Medical Laboratory Technician offered by the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP).
  • Students will pass the certification exam as a first time applicant at an 80% pass rate.
  • Students will find employment in their field at an 80% employment rate, post- graduation, of those seeking employment.

 

Last Modified: 10/25/16