The Medical Laboratory Technician program is designed to prepare individuals to enter a career as a Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT). The medical laboratory technician is an important part of the health care team, they perform diagnostic testing that helps the physician determine the absence, presence, extent, or cause of disease. The program provides basic instruction in all areas of the clinical laboratory as well as additional experience and instruction in hospital and clinic laboratories. Upon completion of the program, students will be eligible to take the national certification offered by the Board of Certification. The program is accredited by the National Accreditation Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119, 773-714-8880.
Note: Program available at the Hastings campus only.
Student Learning Outcomes
Medical Laboratory Technician graduates are prepared to:
- Comprehend the technical and procedural aspects of laboratory tests in the clinical areas of Blood Bank, Chemistry, Hematology, Immunology, Microbiology, Urinalysis and Other Body Fluids, and Laboratory Operations.
- Differentiate between principles and methodologies used for all major areas commonly used by a modern clinical laboratory.
- Correlate laboratory results to diagnosis and treatment in the clinical areas of Blood Bank, Chemistry, Hematology, Immunology, Microbiology, Urinalysis and Other Body Fluids.
- Demonstrate professional and ethical conduct in all forms of communication.
- Evaluate principles and practices of quality management.
- Understand the significance of continued professional development.
Medical laboratory technicians work in a variety of practice settings: hospitals, clinics, public health facilities, and industrial laboratories. In February of 2012, the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) addressed the shortage of clinical laboratory professionals. Across the country hospitals are reporting that they have approximately 7 percent new positions to be filled in addition to the positions being lost by a retiring workforce; 20 percent are reporting vacancies that have been open for more than six months. This translates into a demand for almost 10,000 laboratory professionals a year - the United States currently produces only 5,000 professionals a year. Forty-four percent of American hospitals are already having difficulty filling laboratory positions.
Students who have completed the program can choose to continue in a baccalaureate degree program.
- Immunizations are required; see program director for the specific immunizations needed.
- The applicant must be aware of Essential Functions.
- There are additional program costs for uniforms, student-in-practicum insurance, a background check and drug screen.
- Required to earn a C or above for all courses needed for graduation including general education courses.
- The Clinical Internship II occurs during the summer following the graduation ceremony. MLT students do not actually complete the program of study until approximately July 1st.
- Students are required to complete a background check and drug screen (at student’s expense). Admission to the program is contingent on the results of the check and screen.
Admission to the medical laboratory technician program is selective.
- Applicants are required to have a college application on file in the registrar’s office.
- Applicants must provide proof of one of the following: a minimum ACT score of 19 or above in all subcategories, or an ACCUPLACER, COMPASS, ASSET evaluation with scores that meet program standards.
- Students with previous college experience must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0.
- The applicant must complete an admissions interview with the program director or faculty member.
For more detailed information on the admissions process, please contact the program director.
Typical Program of Study
To assist students in determining the sequence of courses they might take to complete their educational goal, the proposed program of study is provided. A student’s final program of study will be influenced by factors such as prior college experiences, course availability, transfer requirements, and program admission requirements. A student intending to major in this program must consult with his/her advisor prior to any academic planning and registering.
Associate of Applied Science