Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

White, Melissa

Instructor/Assistant Professor, Medical Laboratory Technology
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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 43 credit hours of required MLT 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.

CURRENT FULL-TIME PROGRAM FACULTY

Sherri Craddock (2017) Assistant Professor, Erika Rush (2018) Assistant Professor, Michael Waide (2012) Associate Professor, and Melissa White (2013) Assistant Professor

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 peer in an effective, appropriate and capable manner
  • Demonstrate professional behavior that reflects appropriate responsibility and professional standards that are legal, confidential, ethical and safe.
Opportunities: 

Education 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.

Granting of the degree is not contingent upon passing an external certification or licensure examination.  Passing an external exam is not required for graduation from the MLT program.

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.

Employment Opportunities

Medical Laboratory Technicians work in a variety of settings. They are employed by hospitals, physician office laboratories, reference laboratories, pharmaceutical companies, research laboratories, veterinary laboratories, clinics, public health facilities, and business and industry. In their 2013 wage survey, the American Society for Clinical Pathology, (ASCP) found that the average annual salary for medical laboratory technicians in the United States ranged from 42,619 (20.49 per hour) for staff to 47,008 (22.60 per hour) for supervisors.

There is a national shortage of well trained and qualified laboratory professionals. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts there will be a 30% growth rate in jobs for Medical Laboratory Technicians and from 2012-2022, 47,900 job openings due to growth and replacement needs in the field.

Graduation Year Retention Rate (Students in program beginning the second year of study) ASCP (BOC) Certification Pass Rates Graduates working in field within 6 months Graduates working in field or continuing education within 6 months
2016 80% 100% 100% 100%
2017 80% 100% 100% 100%
2018 90% 89% 89% 89%
3yr average 83% 96% 96% 96%

 

Program Specific Admission Requirements: 

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

  • Be enrolled and meet the general admission requirements of Pierpont Community & Technology College.
  • Students must be able to meet the essential functions of the program and classes, with or without accommodations.
  • Have successfully completed courses in Biology, Chemistry and Algebra in high school or college.
  • Have a high school GPA and, if applicable, a college GPA of 2.0 or better.
  • Students must meet or exceed WVHEPC Series 21 minimum test scores for English and Math to be eligible for admission to this program. Students must meet or exceed WVHEPC Series 21 minimum test scores are eligible for admission into traditional 3-credit/3-contact hour Math and English courses.
  • Meet the prerequisites for CHEM 1101. PR: meet or exceed WVHEPC Series 21 minimum test scores fro Math.
  • Submit an application for admission designating Associate degree, Medical Laboratory Technology as a major field of study; official ACT or SAT scores; High School Equivalency Exam 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 Application

Tuition and fees information

Program Specific Enrollment Requirements: 

To remain in and graduate from the MLT program, a student must earn a “C” grade or above in every required class in the MLT curriculum and maintain an overall cumulative GPA of 2.0. Any classes accepted as substitutes for curricular classes also require a grade of “C” or above. 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.

Graduation is not contingent upon passing a national certification exam.

Program Specific Accreditation: 

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

Program Total Credit Hours: 
61 CHs
Support Coursework: 
20 CHs

CHM 1101

General Chemistry I
4
CH(s)

ENGL 1104

Written English I
3|4
CH(s)

ENGL 1109

Technical Report Writing
3
CH(s)

HLCA 1170

Human Anatomy and Physiology
3
CH(s)

HLCA 1171

Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory
1
CH(s)

MTH 1207

Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics
3|5
CH(s)

OFAD 1150

Computer Concepts and Applications
3
CH(s)

ENGL 1104 Prerequisite(s):  18 or higher on the English portion of ACT; 450 or higher on Critical Reading of SAT; A scaled score of 38 or higher on Writing  Skills Set  of ASSET; 88 or higher on Sentence Skills of ACCUPLACER. Students falling below the listed scores will be required to take a four(4) credit hour ENGL 1104 and are not eligible for admission.
CHEM 1101 Prerequisites: ACT math score of 19; or SAT Math score of 460
ENGL 1108 may be substituted for ENGL 1109.

For students not intending to pursue an MT certification or bachelor's degree in a science-based field:

MATH 1207 or higher may be substituted for MTH 1200.
CHEM 1105 may be substituted for CHEM 1101.
(Student's choosing this option will complete the program with 72 CHS instead of 73 CHS).
 

Program Specific Required Coursework: 
41 CHs

MLAB 1101

Intro to MLT
1
CH(s)

MLAB 1102

Clinical Immunology
1
CH(s)

MLAB 1105

Clinical Chemistry Techniques
2
CH(s)

MLAB 1160

Clinical Microbiology I
4
CH(s)

MLAB 1180

Immunohematology/Serology
4
CH(s)

MLAB 2217

Urinalysis and Body Fluids
2
CH(s)

MLAB 2218

Hematology
4
CH(s)

MLAB 2219

Clinical Microbiology II
4
CH(s)

MLAB 2220

Clinical Biochemistry
4
CH(s)

MLAB 2221

Clinical Practicum I
3-4
CH(s)

MLAB 2222

Clinical Practicum II
3-4
CH(s)

MLAB 2223

Clinical Practicum III
3-4
CH(s)

MLAB 2224

Clinical Practicum IV
3-4
CH(s)

MLAB 2995

Seminar & Case Studies
3
CH(s)
Model Schedule
Fall Semester

CHM 1101

General Chemistry I
4
CH(s)

ENGL 1104

Written English I
3|4
CH(s)

HLCA 1170

Human Anatomy and Physiology
3
CH(s)

HLCA 1171

Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory
1
CH(s)

MTH 1207

Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics
3|5
CH(s)

MLAB 1101

Intro to MLT
1
CH(s)

MLAB 1102

Clinical Immunology
1
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
16 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 Students may complete either MATH 1100, 1107, 1112 or higher.

ENGL 1104 Prerequisite(s): 18 or higher on the English portion of ACT; 450 or higher on Critical Reading of SAT; A scaled score of 38 or higher on Writing  Skills Set of ASSET; 88 or higher on Sentence Skills of ACCUPLACER. Students falling below the listed scores will be required to take a four(4) credit hour ENGL 1104 and are not eligible for admission.
 
CHEM 1105 Prerequisites: Minimum MATH ACT score of 20, MATH SAT of 480, or minimum grade of "C" in CHEM 1101.

 

Spring Semester

ENGL 1109

Technical Report Writing
3
CH(s)

MLAB 1105

Clinical Chemistry Techniques
2
CH(s)

MLAB 1160

Clinical Microbiology I
4
CH(s)

MLAB 1180

Immunohematology/Serology
4
CH(s)

OFAD 1150

Computer Concepts and Applications
3
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
16 CHs

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

Summer Semester

MLAB 2217

Urinalysis and Body Fluids
2
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
2 CHs
Fall Semester

MLAB 2218

Hematology
4
CH(s)

MLAB 2219

Clinical Microbiology II
4
CH(s)

MLAB 2220

Clinical Biochemistry
4
CH(s)

MLAB 2221

Clinical Practicum I
3-4
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
15 CHs

Credit for this semester will be 15-16 depending on the practicum.

Spring Semester

MLAB 2222

Clinical Practicum II
3-4
CH(s)

MLAB 2223

Clinical Practicum III
3-4
CH(s)

MLAB 2224

Clinical Practicum IV
3-4
CH(s)

MLAB 2995

Seminar & Case Studies
3
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
12 CHs
*A total of 14 Clinical Practicum credits are required for graduation.
A “C” or better is required in every class in the MLT curriculum, including ENGL and general studies courses for graduation and for progression into some courses. In addition, students must maintain an overall cumulative GPA of 2.0.
Program Documents: 

If needed, a paper version of the application is available by request.  To request a paper application please call or email Student Services at 304-333-3684 or StudentServices@pierpont.edu

MLT Handbook

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