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Medical Laboratory Technology

Associate of Applied Science

PURPOSE: The Medical Laboratory Technology major is designed to prepare students for certification and employment as Medical Laboratory Technicians.

OCCUPATIONAL OBJECTIVES: Positions for Medical Laboratory Technicians are available in hospitals, private laboratories, physicians’ offices, health departments, and industrial medical laboratories.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: General college curricular admission

ADDITIONAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: Students interested in the Medical Laboratory Technology program must submit an application to the program director for consideration prior to the deadline for acceptance in the corresponding semester. Students should first enroll in the Pre-Medical Laboratory Technology (MDL) Career Studies Certificate (CSC) to complete the prerequisite courses. In order to be officially accepted into the MDL program, applicants will need to fulfill certain prerequisites included in the CSC and complete and submit a MDL application packet to the program director for consideration. Admission to the MDL program is competitive, and only a limited number of students will be accepted. Fully-qualified students will be ranked according to GPA, prior degrees achieved, and a completed application packet. (See the program application packet for full explanation of ranking of applicants.) A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required for consideration. Completion of the Pre-Medical Laboratory Technology CSC does not guarantee admission into the AAS degree.

PROGRAM NOTES: Students admitted to this program will be approved for entry into major/clinical courses (MDL 101 and higher) when they have satisfied the following:

1. Students must meet all Essential Skills Requirements listed below.
2. Completion (or near completion) of the Pre-Medical Laboratory Technology CSC is required. Transfer students must declare the Pre-Medical Laboratory Technology CSC as their major.
3. A criminal background check, drug screen, and documentation of immunizations are required prior to placement for clinical rotations.
4. Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges must be submitted to Central Admissions and Records.
5. The program application form must be submitted.
6. The program is open to qualified students who provide evidence of interest, aptitude, and motivation in the areas of both medical laboratory science and direct patient contact.

 

ESSENTIAL SKILLS REQUIREMENTS: Students entering the MDL program must possess the following skills:

  • Sufficient eyesight, including color vision, to observe microscopic cells and features within cells, read records, manipulate equipment, and visually read procedures, graphs, and test results.
  • Sufficient hearing to communicate with patients and members of the health care delivery team, monitor patients using electronic equipment, and hear necessary sounds during operation of equipment.
  • Satisfactory speaking, reading, and writing skills to effectively communicate in English in a timely manner.
  • Sufficient gross and fine motor coordination to exhibit excellent eye-hand coordination and dexterity to manipulate equipment.
  • Sufficient ability to lift, stoop, or bend in the delivery of safe laboratory testing.
  • Satisfactory physical strength and endurance to be on feet for extended periods and to move heavy equipment and supplies. Sitting, walking, bending, and reaching motions are also requirements of most positions.
  • Satisfactory intellectual, emotional, and psychological health and functioning to ensure patient safety and to exercise independent judgment and discretion in performing assigned tasks.
  • Satisfactory time management of multiple priorities and stimuli to operate in fast-paced environments.
  • Sufficient analysis, synthesis, and comprehension skills to follow detailed instructions and effectively operate in a laboratory setting.

The program provides opportunities for advanced placement based on evaluation of transcripts, clinical work experience, and training in other accredited medical laboratory education programs. Individuals interested in advanced placement should confer with the program head. Students may be required to retake all MDL courses if a delay in the completion of the program is encountered. All students must pass a clinical practicum prior to placement in clinical rotations. Attendance during one summer session may be required.

Any student who receives a final grade lower than “C” in any core course (MDL prefix) must repeat the course. Students failing to obtain a “C” or better in any two MDL prefix courses will not be able to progress in the MDL program. Courses with the MDL prefix must be completed successfully prior to entering the final coordinated internship courses.

Malpractice insurance coverage will be furnished by the college. It is recommended that the student have appropriate health insurance. The student is responsible for covering the cost of medical care required while in the clinical setting. Students are responsible for securing any uniforms and lab coats required by the clinical site.

Upon satisfactory completion of the five-semester program, the graduate will be eligible to take Medical Laboratory Technology registry examinations (e.g., ASCP, AMT, or equivalent) for national certification. This exam is not a requirement for graduation; however, it is strongly recommended and may be required for employment, depending upon the employer.

The MDL classes may be taken for retraining by certified technologists who have been out of the field for a period of time. Permission of the program head is required prior to registration.

Courses in the program are offered on campus as well as via distance learning with an in-person or proctor required. Students in the distance program must attend mandatory laboratory classes offered at the distance learning sites. Tests may be taken at an approved testing center as determined by the faculty member and the program head.

PROGRESSION THROUGH THE PROGRAM: The college offers this program in affiliation with the healthcare agencies and practitioners in the communities the college serves. The college relies on its community affiliates to provide clinical education opportunities for its students, expert clinical preceptors, and course instructors for many courses. The often rapid changes in healthcare law, standards of practice, technology, and content of credentialing examinations increasingly necessitate sudden changes in the program’s course content, policies, procedures, and course scheduling. As a result, the college cannot guarantee every student continuous and uninterrupted clinical and course instruction as outlined in the printed catalog curriculum for this program. Circumstances beyond the control of the college may necessitate the postponement of course offerings or changes in the sequencing and/or location of scheduled courses or clinical assignments. Additionally, the college may have to change the instructor for courses after instruction has started.

Financial Requirements: In addition to the regular college tuition and fees, the Medical Laboratory program requires the items listed below:

Books and Supplies (varies): $2,000.00

Uniforms and Shoes:

$200.00
Lab Tests and Immunizations (varies): $150.00 - $300.00
Laboratory Coat: $25.00
Background Check (varies): $45.00
Drug Screen (varies): $25.00
Travel to Clinical Affiliates Variable


Note: An additional fee for the national registry examination is not a requirement for graduation and is not included above. The fee is approximately $200.00.

COMPUTER COMPETENCY REQUIREMENT: Students in this program will meet the college’s computer competency requirement by successfully completing ITE 115 or CSC 155. Students can also meet this requirement by passing the college’s computer competency exam, administered in the testing centers on each campus, in which case they will receive college credit for ITE 115 or CSC 155. Students not passing the computer competency exam may retake the exam only once.

PROGRAM ACCREDITATION AND ADMINISTRATION: The Medical Laboratory Technology program is accredited by the National Accreditation Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, 5600 N River Rd, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018 (773-714-8880 and NAACLSinfo@naacls.org). The program director is D. Gayle Melberg, MS, MT (ASCP), an experienced medical laboratory scientist and Certified Medical Technologist.

CURRICULUM:

COURSE

TITLE

LEC.
HRS.

LAB.
HRS.

CRS.
CRE.

SDV 100*

College Success Skills

1

0

1

MTH 1201* or MTH 1631*

Introduction to Mathematics or Precalculus

3

0

3

CHM 1012* or CHM 1112*

General Chemistry or College Chemistry I

3

3

4

BIO 101*

General Biology I

3

3

4

ENG 111*

College Composition I

3

0

3

MDL 101

Introduction to Medical Laboratory Techniques

2

3

3

TOTAL

15

9

18

ITE 115*

Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts

3

0

3

ENG 112*

College Composition II

3

0

3

___ ___3*

Social/Behavioral Science Elective

3

0

3

MDL 1254

Clinical Hematology I

2

3

3

MDL 2514

Clinical Microbiology I

2

4

3

___ ___3*

Personal Wellness Elective

0-2

0-4

2

TOTAL

13-15

7-11

17

MDL 1905

Coordinated Practice in Phlebotomy

0

8

2

MDL 210

Immunology and Serology

2

3

3

___ ___3*

Humanities/Fine Arts Elective

3

0

3

MDL 110

Urinalysis and Body Fluids

2

3

3

TOTAL

7

14

11

MDL 2166

Blood Banking

2

5

4

MDL 2257

Clinical Hematology II

2

3

3

MDL 2527

Clinical Microbiology II

2

3

3

MDL 2628

Clinical Chemistry and Instrumentation II

3

3

4

TOTAL

9

14

14

MDL 2818

Clinical Correlations (online course)

1

0

1

MDL 2905,9

Coordinated Practice in Blood Bank/Transfusion Medicine

0

8

2

MDL 2905,9

Coordinated Practice in Clinical Chemistry

0

8

2

MDL 2905,9

Coordinated Practice in Hematology

0

8

2

MDL 2905,9

Coordinated Practice in Microbiology

0

8

2

MDL 2905,9

Coordinated Practice in Urinalysis/Serology/Coagulation

0

3

1

TOTAL

1

35

10

Total Minimum Credits for AAS Degree in Medical Laboratory Technology 70

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* This course is included in the Pre-Medical Laboratory Technology Career Studies Certificate.

1 MTH 120 meets the graduation requirement for the AAS degree in Medical Laboratory Technology. Students planning to pursue a four-year degree should take MTH 163.

2 CHM 101 meets the graduation requirement for the AAS degree in Medical Laboratory Technology. Students planning to pursue a four-year degree should take CHM 111.

3 A list of approved general education electives (humanities/fine arts, social/behavioral sciences, mathematics, science, and personal wellness) is provided in the General Education section of the catalog under Curriculum Planning and Design.

4 This course is offered only in the spring term.

5 For actual student contact laboratory hours per week for MDL 190 and MDL 290 courses, please refer to the course descriptions.

6 MDL 210 is a prerequisite or co-requisite for MDL 216.

7 This course is offered only in the fall term.

8 CHM 101 or CHM 111 is a prerequisite or co-requisite for MDL 262.

9 The final semester consists of clinical rotations with area hospitals or clinics.