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Medical Laboratory Technician, Associate of Applied Science

  • Academic Year: 2023-2024
  • Division / Department: Health Professions / Medical Laboratory Technician
  • Degree Code: MLT
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Accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119),, 773-714-8880

Medical laboratory technicians (MLTs) are vital healthcare detectives, uncovering and providing laboratory information from laboratory analyses that assist physicians in patient diagnosis and treatment, as well as in disease monitoring or prevention. MLTs are competent in the collection, processing and analysis of biological specimens, the performance of lab procedures, the maintenance of instruments, and relating lab findings to common diseases/conditions. We use sophisticated biomedical instrumentation and technology, computers, and methods requiring manual dexterity to perform laboratory testing on blood and body fluids. Laboratory testing encompasses such disciplines as clinical chemistry, hematology, immunology, immunohematology, microbiology, and molecular biology.

Graduates of the Medical Laboratory Technician program are eligible to take a national certification examination.

The MLT may secure employment in hospitals, clinics, and other diagnostic laboratories, as well as in industry.

A student has five years to complete the technical curriculum after official enrollment in the first program course. Contact the program director for more information.

Marketable skills include:

1. Graduates will provide quality care by demonstrating the ability to perform and report testing accurately in a laboratory setting.

2. Graduates will demonstrate honesty, integrity and patient confidentiality relating to patient test results and patient outcomes.

3. Graduates will demonstrate the ability to think critically by identifying and solving problems that arise relating to patient test results, instrument malfunctions and/or quality control issues.

4. Graduates will participate in professional development activities in order to maintain their certification as required by the American Society of Clinical Pathologist and to remain current in the profession.

5. Graduates will communicate effectively in the healthcare or other laboratory settings.

Semester I

ENGL 1301 Composition I 3 hours
BIOL 2401 Anatomy & Physiology I 4 hours
CHEM 1405 Introductory Chemistry I 4 hours
PSYC 2301 General Psychology or
SOCI 1301 Introduction to Sociology
3 hours
14 hours

Semester II

BIOL 2402 Anatomy & Physiology II 4 hours
SPCH 1311 Introduction to Speech Communication or
SPCH 1315 Public Speaking or
SPCH 1318 Interpersonal Communication
3 hours
BIOL 2420 Microbiology for Non-Science Majors 4 hours
MATH 1314 College Algebra or
MATH 1342 Elementary Statistical Methods
3 hours
14 hours

Semester III

MLAB 1227 Coagulation 2 hours
MLAB 1415 Hematology 4 hours
MLAB 2431 Immunohematology 4 hours
MLAB 1235 Immunology/Serology 2 hours
MLAB 1167 Practicum/Field Experience-Clinical/MLT 1 hours
13 hours

Semester IV

MLAB 1211 Urinalysis & Body Fluids 2 hours
MLAB 2401 Clinical Chemistry 4 hours
MLAB 2534 Clinical Microbiology 5 hours
MLAB 2266 Practicum/Field Experience-Clinical/MLT 2 hours
13 hours

Summer Semester

MLAB 2265 Practicum/Field Experience- Clinical Mlt 2 hours
MLAB 2232 Seminar in MLT/Assistant 2 hours
MLAB 2238 Advanced Topics in MLT/Assistant 2 hours
6 hours
Total hours:60 hours