Prepare for a career as medical laboratory technician in hospitals, clinics and doctors' offices. In the laboratory, the MLT and CLT perform analytical procedures under the supervision of a medical technologist or physician. Career potential also exists in idemiology, forensic medicine and biomedical manufacturing.
As this is a new program, accreditation through the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS) is in progress. A combination of fundamental laboratory techniques and clinical experience prepares graduates for work in laboratories serving the health care sector. The final semester of the program is a clinical experience in laboratories in community healthcare facilities. Students must petition to enter the clinical MLT classes, and should anticipate the possibility of traveling to complete the clinical experience.
Graduates of the program qualify for both the American Society of Clinical Pathologists Board of Registry and the National Certification Agency for Laboratory Personnel certification exams for medical laboratory technicians and clinical laboratory technicians, respectively, under the direction of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists and the American Society of Clinical Laboratory Science.
- Apply modern clinical methodologies including problem solving and troubleshooting according to predetermined criteria
- Collect and process biological and other specimens
- Perform and report results of clinical laboratory tests
- Apply laboratory results to diagnosis of clinical conditions and/or diseases
- Communicate with colleagues and patients in a professional manner
- Participate in training peers on technical skills
- Monitor and evaluate quality control in the laboratory
- Practice laboratory safety and regulatory compliance
- Perform information processing in the clinical laboratory
- Model professional behaviors, ethics, and appearance
Suggested courses for program preparation:
- One year of high school chemistry , biology and algebra or college equivalent
- Medical Terminology or 2 years of occupational experience in the medical field
Once admitted to the program, the following requirements must be met in order to participate in the clinical experience.
- Caregiver Background Check
- Physical exam and completed Personal History form on file prior to the beginning the first semester clinical rotation.
- Successful completion of all program courses with a C or better.