Medical Laboratory Technology

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Pierpont President, Doreen Larson, at the Veterans Square Campus
2013 - 2014 Academic Catalog

Medical Laboratory Technology

  • Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
Program Purpose: 

The Medical Laboratory Technology program provides education and training for students to become Medical Laboratory Technicians (MLTs). MLTs perform a variety of laboratory tests in blood banking, chemistry, hematology, immunology, microbiology and urinalysis.

The two-year Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) Program is nationally accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). In addition to offering a general studies and a laboratory based general science curriculum, the program is also designed to provide students with 46 credit hours of required MLT clinical lecture and laboratory courses, which are integrated with a hospital or clinic based practicum experience. A current list of clinical agencies affiliated with the program can be obtained from the MLT Clinical Education Coordinator. Please note that students must pass a criminal background clearance, meet health requirements and essential functions, and provide their own transportation to assigned clinical sites.

Student Learning Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the A.A.S. degree in Medical Laboratory Technology, graduates will be able to do the following:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of and competence in performing test methodologies and assume responsibility to safely perform modern clinical laboratory tasks expected of an entry level MLT/CLT
  • Differentiate between normal and abnormal laboratory test results and correlate laboratory findings to common disease processes and assay variability
  • Communicate verbally and nonverbally with the patient, physicians, health care delivery personnel and peers in an effective, appropriate, and capable manner
  • Demonstrate professional behavior through attendance, promptness, and the ability to assume appropriate responsibility
  • Exhibit professional conduct that reflects practice standards that are legal, confidential, ethical and safe
Opportunities: 

Graduates of the MLT program are eligible and encouraged to take a national certification exam; becoming a nationally certified MLT will greatly enhance a graduate’s marketability.  MLT program graduates may work in a variety of settings. They are employed by hospitals, clinics, physician office laboratories, reference laboratories, pharmaceutical companies, research laboratories, veterinary laboratories, public health facilities, and business and industry. The A.A.S. degree in Medical Laboratory Technology is quite versatile. Graduates of the program may choose to continue their education and earn a Baccalaureate degree in Allied Health Administration, Biology, or even Business. Some graduates choose to become a Medical Technologist, which requires a Baccalaureate degree and having two years of clinical laboratory experience or graduating from a NAACLS accredited program in Medical Technology.

Graduates may also continue in higher education earning a Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degree in Medical Technology, Allied Health, Education or a related field. Some graduates even pursue medical school or doctoral studies.

Program Specific Admission Requirements: 

To be considered for admission to the MLT program, the applicant must:

  • Meet the general admission requirements of Pierpont Community & Technology College.
  • Have successfully completed courses in Biology, Chemistry and Algebra in high school or college.
  • Have a score of 19 or better in the Math portion of the ACT (or SAT equivalent) or a 36 or better in the COMPASS algebra test, or have successfully completed MATH 0081-0086.
  • Have a score of 18 or better in the English portion of the ACT (or SAT equivalent) or a 71 or better in the COMPASS writing test, or have successfully completed ENGL 0097.
  • Submit an application for admission designating Associate degree Medical Laboratory Technology as a major field of study; official ACT or SAT scores; GED or high school transcripts; and any college transcripts to the Registrar’s Office by January 31 to be considered for the following academic year. Applications will only be considered after the deadline if space remains available.

An impartial scoring system based on the required academic coursework is employed to rank the MLT applicants. Applicants who are not admitted to the program must reapply if they wish to be considered for acceptance the following academic year.

Program Specific Enrollment Requirements: 

To remain in the MLT program, a student must obtain a “C” or above in every MLAB class and maintain an overall GPA of 2.0, and a science GPA of 2.0. Failure to meet any of these requirements will result in dismissal from the program. Students who have been dismissed may reapply to the program and their credentials will be reevaluated. To graduate from the MLT program, a student must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0.

Program Specific Accreditation: 

National Accreditation Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
5600 N. River Road, Suite 720
Rosemont, IL  60018-5119
(847) 939-3597
www.naacis.org

Program Total Credit Hours: 
73 CHs
Support Coursework: 
21 CHs

ENGL 1104 Prerequisites:  Minimum Verbal/Reading/Writing ACT score of 19, or COMPASS score of 71, or ENGL 0097.
MATH 1112 Prerequisites: Minimum MATH ACT score of 21, MATH SAT of 500, COMPASS score of 49, or MATH 1100.
CHEM 1105 Prerequisites: Minimum MATH ACT score of 20, MATH SAT of 480, or COMPASS score of 42, or minimum grade of "C" in CHEM 1101.
ENGL 1109 may be substituted for ENGL 1108.
GEN ED Elective (General Studies Elective) course may be substituted for PSYC 1101.

For students not intending to pursue an MT certification or bachelor's degree in a science-based field:
MATH 1100, 1106 or 1007 may be substituted for MATH 1112.
CHEM 1101 may be substituted for CHEM 1105 & CHEM 1102 may be substituted for CHEM 2200.
(Student's choosing this option will complete the program with 72 CHs instead of 73 CHs).
 

Program Specific Required Coursework: 
52 CHs

HLCA 1170

Human Anatomy and Physiology
3
CH(s)

HLCA 1171

Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory
1
CH(s)

MLAB 1105

Laboratory Mathematics and Instrumentation
3
CH(s)
Model Schedule
Fall Semester

HLCA 1170

Human Anatomy and Physiology
3
CH(s)

HLCA 1171

Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory
1
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
18 CHs

Students not intending to go on for MT certification or a bachelor's degree in a science-based field may substitute the following courses: CHEM 1101 for CHEM 1105 and MATH 1100, 1106 or 1007 for MATH 1112. Students choosing this option will carry 17 CHs instead of 18 CHs.

ENGL 1104 Prerequisites: Minimum Verbal/Reading/Writing ACT score of 19, or COMPASS score of 71, or ENGL 0097.
MATH 1112 Prerequisites: Minimum MATH ACT score of 21, MATH SAT of 500, COMPASS score of 49, or MATH 1100.
CHEM 1105 Prerequisites: Minimum MATH ACT score of 20, MATH SAT of 480, or COMPASS score of 42, or minimum grade of "C" in CHEM 1101.

Spring Semester

MLAB 1105

Laboratory Mathematics and Instrumentation
3
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
17 CHs

Students not intending to go on for MT certification or a bachelor's degree in a science-based field may substitute the following courses: CHEM 1102 for CHEM 2200.

CHEM 2200 Prerequisites: CHEM 1105 with grade of "C" or better.

Summer Semester
Total Credit Hours: 
7 CHs

ENGL 1109 may be substituted for ENGL 1108.  ENGL 1108 & 1109 Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1104.

Fall Semester
Total Credit Hours: 
16 CHs
Spring Semester
Total Credit Hours: 
15 CHs

GEN ED (General Studies) Elective may be substituted for PSYC 1101.

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