Medical Laboratory Technician Degree

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Prepares students to work in clinical laboratories performing routine analyses on blood and body fluids.

Degree Info at a Glance

Type: AAT Degree

Approx. # of Quarters: 4

Estimated Cost: $8,773

Admission Dates: Spring quarter

Prerequisites: High School diploma, or High School Equivalency Exam, as well as college-level courses in both Biology with a lab, and Chemistry with a lab completed within five years, with a grade of B or better, prior to beginning the program. Speaking, understanding, and writing the English language are required. To enter the program, a student must meet the prerequisites for college-level reading, writing, and math. In order to participate in the clinical aspect of the program, students must receive a No Record on File report related to Crimes Against Persons from the Washington State Patrol and students must have current immunizations or laboratory verification of immune status. This includes, but is not limited to, Hepatitis B series, Tetanus/Diphtheria, Tuberculosis Test, Measles/ Mumps/Rubella, and Varicella as required by contracts with clinical facilities and CDC recommendations. Proof of immunizations is required by the last day of class in Spring quarter, without exception. CPR certification from the American Heart Association with the designation “Health Care Provider” is required prior to commencing clinical rotation.

During the academic phase (spring and summer quarters, and three weeks of fall quarter), students are on campus in a simulated clinical laboratory, and study focuses on the theory of laboratory testing of body fluids.

Basic skills, normal values, the significance of abnormal values, and quality control are emphasized. Normal human anatomy and physiology and the changes that occur in disease states are also studied.

During the clinical phase (fall and winter quarters), students are assigned to affiliated clinical laboratories in the Puget Sound area. Each student rotates through all the departments of the clinical laboratory, spending appropriate lengths of time in each.

The affiliated laboratory assigns eight-hour day shifts during the clinical phase. Some clinical sites may also assign 1-2 weeks of either swing or night shift as part of the clinical phase. Upon successful completion, graduates are eligible to take a certification examination qualifying them for employment as a Laboratory Technician or a Medical Laboratory Technician with professional recognition of having achieved MLT (ASCP) status.

Included in this program are academic courses in communication (English composition, speech), quantitative reasoning (math), and social sciences (psychology) that provide knowledge and abilities that enhance personal development and serve as a foundation for technical skills.

Students are required to carry personal health/medical insurance throughout their clinical rotations. Quarterly based insurance for students may be purchased; further information is available through the Advising and Counseling Office.

No student will be allowed at a clinical site without proof of insurance.

Students pursuing an AAT or AAS-T degree must complete all college degree requirements prior to graduation. This includes courses that meet the requirements for diversity, computer literacy and the capstone project.

Program Accreditation: This program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences:

5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont IL 60018, 847-939-3547

Employability Requirement: Graduates are required to pass a national certification exam (ASCP or AMT) prior to employment. Prior to being allowed to perform clinical rotations the students must pass a background check. Students must also pass a color blindness test given prior to entrance into the program. Students are required to maintain immunizations, and acquire an American Health Association CPR Healthcare Provider card.

Program Length: This program is four quarters long, offered in two phases: 23 weeks of academics and 19 weeks of clinical experience.

Admission Date: Spring quarter.

Prerequisites: High school diploma or high school equivalency diploma. College-level courses in both biology with a lab and chemistry with a lab, completed within five years with a grade of B or better, prior to beginning the program. Speaking, understanding and writing the English language are required. To enter the program, a student must meet the prerequisites for college-level reading, writing and math. In order to participate in the clinical aspect of the program, students must receive a No Record on File report related to Crimes Against Persons from the Washington State Patrol and students must have current immunizations or laboratory verification of immune status. This includes, but is not limited to, Hepatitis B series, Tetanus/Diphtheria, Tuberculosis Test, Measles/Mumps/Rubella, and Varicella as required by contracts with clinical facilities and CDC recommendations. Proof of immunizations is required by the last day of class in spring quarter, without exception. CPR certification from the American Heart Association with the designation “Health Care Provider” is required prior to commencing clinical rotation. Students are required to carry personal health/medical insurance throughout their clinical rotations. Quarterly based insurance for students may be purchased; further information is available through the Advising and Counseling Office.

Program Requirements

Course # Course Name Credits
MLT 110 Introduction to the Laboratory 2
MLT 203 Hematology 10
MLT 204 Hemostasis 5
MLT 208 Phlebotomy/Processing 2
MLT 210 Immunology 7
MLT 214 Immunohematology 6
MLT 216 Clinical Blood Banking 5
MLT 217 Microbiology 10
MLT 218 Urinalysis 3
MLT 221 Body Fluids 1
MLT 227 Clinical Chemistry 8
MLT 232 Clinical Experience I 11
MLT 235 Clinical Experience II 9
MLT 236CAP Clinical Experience III 7
ENGL& 101 English Composition (or higher) or CMST& 220 5
MATH& 141 Precalculus I 5
PSYC& 100DIV General Psychology (or other social science or humanities class that meets the diversity requirement) 5
Computer Literacy Requirement Course to meet computer literacy degree requirement
(or successful completion of computer literacy exam)
3
  Total Credits for Completion 104

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