Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT)

Medical Laboratory Technician

Course Information Cr Hrs
MLT-100 Introduction to the Medical Laboratory

This course introduces the field of medical laboratory science, including quality control, bloodborne pathogens, basic laboratory equipment, laboratory settings, accreditation, certification, professionalism, ethics and basic laboratory procedures in chemistry, hematology, immunology, urinalysis and microbiology.

 Prerequisites: BCS 145 and BCS 146 or concurrent enrollment in BCS 146, or BCS 140 and 150 or concurrent enrollment in BCS 150.
MLT-200 Hematology

This course is a study of the blood that includes the function, identification and testing of cellular components. Skills are developed in the analysis of hemoglobin, hematocrit, blood cell counts and blood cell morphology. The mechanisms of coagulation are also explored and the function and analysis of platelets and proteins in blood coagulation are related to changes in normal and disease states.

 Prerequisite: Grade of “C” or better in all of the previous Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) courses.
MLT-210 Clinical Chemistry

Students develop proficiency at performing and analyzing data on diagnostic procedures generated from clinical chemistry equipment and instrumentation. These proficiencies include knowledge of the appropriate sample, volume needed to execute the testing protocol and ability to recognize normal, therapeutic and critical values. The student studies metabolic pathways evaluated by the array of tests performed in the chemistry department of the clinical laboratory.

 Prerequisite: Grade of “C” or better in all of the previous Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) courses.
MLT-215 Urinalysis and Body Fluids

This course presents the normal and abnormal composition of urine and commonly collected body fluids for clinical evaluation. The student is introduced to testing procedures, sources of error, and clinical correlation as they relate to urine and body fluids.

 Prerequisite: Grade of “C” or better in all of the previous Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) courses.
MLT-220 Immunohematology

This course covers the principles of immunology and blood banking procedures using the guidelines of the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB). Topics covered include antigen-antibody reactions, immunoglobulin structures and functions, complement interaction, clinically significant blood group systems, antibody detection and identification, immunologic disease of the newborn, compatibility testing and component therapy.

 Prerequisite: Grade of “C” or better in all of the previous Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) courses.
MLT-230 Clinical Microbiology

This course is designed to instruct the Medical Laboratory Technician on the proper identification and handling of microorganisms in a clinical setting. The student learns microorganism morphology, growth requirements and speciation. The student works with a variety of specimens and learns the intricacy for optimum isolation and identification on common clinical microorganisms that might be present.

 Prerequisite: Grade of “C” or better in all of the previous Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) courses.
MLT-240 Clinical Seminar and Review

This course covers professional development issues related to clinical laboratory science. Information covered includes resume preparation, job seeking skills, continuing education opportunities, professional ethics and regulatory agencies. The last half of the course includes a comprehensive review of knowledge and competencies required for career entry at the technician level of certification. Using information from the list of objectives for each previous course, components of competencies used for the certification examination are emphasized. A mock certification exam is given.

 Prerequisite: Grade of “C” or better in all of the previous Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) courses
MLT-250 Clinical Practicum I Phlebotomy

Students are assigned to various clinical facilities to develop skills in phlebotomy. Skill development includes performing common blood collection methods using proper techniques and universal precautions. Collection covers vacuum collection devices, syringes, capillary skin puncture, butterfly needles, blood cultures and specimen collection on adults, children and infants. The course also emphasizes infection prevention, proper patient identification, labeling of specimens, quality assurance, specimen handling and processing.

 Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) Program.
MLT-260 Clinical Practicum II

This course offers supervised clinical practice in the laboratory of cooperating health agencies. The laboratory settings for this course are varied and may include physician’s office laboratories, rural hospital laboratories or other specialized laboratory settings. Basic procedures are reviewed and advance methodologies are introduced within each assigned department and affiliate laboratory.

 Prerequisites: MLT 200, MLT 210 and MLT 215.
MLT-270 Clinical Practicum III

This is a continuing laboratory experience in which students apply the skills and techniques learned in the classroom to the clinical laboratory.

 Prerequisites: MLT 220 and MLT 230.