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Medical Laboratory Technology

Medical Laboratory Technology

This program is available at the Springfield - Leffel Lane location.

Medical laboratory technicians are a vital part of the health care process, providing information for patient diagnosis and treatment by performing laboratory tests in areas such as toxicology, chemistry, hematology, immunology and microbiology. Two-year associate degree programs with supervised clinical experience in approved laboratories provide the opportunity to enter this challenging, ever-changing career.

The mission of the MLT program at Clark State Community College is to provide quality instruction, professional training, and technical skills to help graduates pass certification examinations and secure entry-level positions in the field of laboratory medicine. For more information about the program, please email mlt@clarkstate.edu or call 937-328-6029.

Technical Standards
MLT students should possess (with or without reasonable accommodations) appropriate visual, motor, cognitive, technical, communication, and affective skills to be able to accurately and safely perform, plan, prioritize, analyze, solve, and interpret patient's tests and other biological specimens. The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS) has identified minimum essential functions. These are available as a link on the MLT program pages on the College's website and are also provided to students as they enter the MLT courses. Students are asked to sign a form certifying that they have read, understand, and possess the skills required to meet the essential functions of an MLT.

Course Format
Each MLT course is composed of two required components, an online lecture component and a lab component, which may be taught at the College or another college-approved supervised site. Off campus lab sites for distance students must be secured by the student and approved by the MLT program director prior to entry into the program. One suitable directed practice site is found for each student in the program by the MLT faculty and program coordinator.

Liability Insurance
Students will be billed for liability insurance for each year of courses.

Certification
Upon completion of the accredited program, graduates are eligible to, but not required, to take the national certifying examination. This program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 North River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018; telephone 773.714.8880; www.naacls.org.

Program Outcomes Measures
As a program accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), the Clark State Community College MLT Program publishes outcomes measures for the past three years (2015, 2016, 2017 graduates). The outcome measures include ASCP Board of Certification (BOC) Exam pass rates, graduation rates, attrition rates, and graduate placement rates for students entering the final half of the MLT program. The definition of these measures and the three year Clark State MLT program percentage rates for these measures are listed below.

  • Yearly Certification Pass Percentage: 100% (AY 14-15) | 75% (AY 15-16) | 82% (AY 16-17)
  • Yearly Graduation Rate Percentage: 71% (AY 14-15) | 86% (AY 15-16) | 100% (AY 16-17)
  • Yearly Average Placement Rate Percentage: 100% (AY 14-15) | 100% (AY 15-16) | 100% (AY 16-17)
  • Three Year Average Certification Pass Rate Percentage:  85%
  • Three Year Average Graduation Rate Percentage: 83%
  • Three Year Average Placement Rate Percentage: 100%

Career Information

Career Coach

Outcomes and Curriculum

Upon completion of an Associate of Applied Science degree in Medical Laboratory, a graduate will be able to:

  • Write clearly and accurately in a variety of contexts and formats.
  • Verbally communicate clearly and accurately in a variety of contexts and formats.
  • Display professional characteristics.
  • Select and use appropriate, safe, and effective tools to solve a variety of problems pertaining to collecting, handling, and conducting tests on samples and to perform corrective and preventative maintenance on instruments.
  • Demonstrate ability to think critically; assessing proper correlation between the results and predetermined values; performing quality control activities; relating lab results to disease processes; drawing and defending reasonable conclusions.
Course Title Credits
Fall
MLT 1120 Introduction to Medical Laboratory Science 2
MLT 1125 Introduction to Medical Laboratory Science Laboratory 1
MLT 1160 Urinalysis & Body Fluids 2
MLT 1165 Urinalysis & Body Fluids Laboratory 1
BIO 1105 Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology * 3
CHM 1150 Introduction to General Chemistry 4
FYE 1100 College Success 1
ITS -- ITS Elective 1
 
Spring
MLT 1130 Clinical Chemistry 3
MLT 1135 Clinical Chemistry Lab 2
MLT 1140 Medical Microbiology I ** 2
MLT 1145 Medical Microbiology I Lab ** 2
MLT 2130 Medical Microbiology II *** 2
MLT 2135 Medical Microbiology II Lab *** 2
ENG 1111 English I 3
 
Summer
ENG 1112 English II 3
PSY 1111 Introduction to Psychology 3
 
Fall
MLT 1150 Hematology I ** 2
MLT 1155 Hematology I Laboratory ** 2
MLT 2140 Hematology II *** 2
MLT 2145 Hematology II Lab *** 2
MLT 2122 Immunology & Blood Banking 3
MLT 2125 Immunology & Blood Banking Lab 4
 
Spring
MLT 2156 Directed Practice /Seminar 5
MLT 2160 MLT Review and Update 2
SOC 1110 Introduction to Sociology 3
MTH -- Math Elective**** 3
 
  Total credit hours 65
* The two semester anatomy & physiology sequence BIO 2121 and BIO 2122 may be substituted for BIO 1105.

** Offered in A term (first eight weeks of the semester)

*** Offered in B term (second eight weeks of the semester)

****Choose from the MTH or STT courses listed under the General Education Requirement for Technical Programs, Mathematics courses.

The program schedule is designed for full-time students who have completed all prerequisites and who have no college preparatory recommendations. Many individuals, especially part-time students and those taking college preparatory requirements, will require additional semesters of study. Students should consult the MLT program advisor for help in planning their schedules.

Academic Requirements

Program Admission
Entry into the program is on a space-limited basis. Students must petition for admission. To be eligible to petition, students must successfully complete reading, writing, math, and algebra placement tests or obtain a grade of C or better on the appropriate college preparatory course. Students who meet admission requirements and are accepted to the program are required to meet with the MLT program coordinator prior to enrolling in MLT courses. A list of the MLT clinical sites and copies of the MLT student and directed practice manuals can be obtained by contacting the MLT Program Coordinator or the Health, Human, and Public Services division office.

Health and Clinical Requirements
All Medical Laboratory students must meet health requirements and obtain a criminal background check prior to entering the directed practice course in the last semester of the program. Other requirements may be necessary depending on clinical site placement. Specific information including when to obtain and submit proof of these requirements will be provided during the first semester of the program.

Distance students completing lab courses in clinical agencies may be required to complete health requirements prior to their first lab course.

All students are strongly encouraged to complete Hepatitis B immunizations prior to entry into the first MLT course.

Graduation Requirements
To qualify for an associate degree, a Medical Laboratory student must pass all the required courses, have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0, and must have a C as a minimum grade in all the technical courses of the program. Granting of the A.A.S. degree is not contingent upon passing an external certifying examination.

Transfer Information

Transfer Options
Students enrolled in the Associate of Science Medical Laboratory Technology degree program are preparing for employment upon graduation from the program. However, at some point many of these students are also interested in completing a bachelor's degree. A number of colleges/universities have designed bachelor's completion programs for students completing applied degrees. Local programs include:

  • Franklin University Bachelor of Science in Allied Healthcare Management
  • University of Cincinnati Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science
  • University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/MLS Program

See the transfer section of the catalog and website and your academic advisor for more information.