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nova 2011-2012 college catalog: Programs of Study

Associate of Applied Science Degree MEC


The curriculum is designed to prepare students to perform essential laboratory testing on blood and body fluids that is critical to the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of disease. In a medical laboratory, the MLT is part of a team of highly skilled pathologists, technologists, and phlebotomists working together to determine the presence, extent or absence of disease, and helping to evaluate effectiveness of treatment. This program emphasizes “hands-on” practice of laboratory methods in a state-of-the-art laboratory at the Medical Education Campus in Springfield, followed by clinical experience at various affiliating health care organizations.

Upon completion of the program graduates will be eligible to take the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification examination, and other national certification examinations offered at the technician level.

Transfer Information: Transfer is not the primary purpose of an A.A.S. program, but NOVA has articulation agreements that facilitate the transfer of this and other career-oriented programs to selected senior institutions. Students interested in transfer should contact a counselor or their faculty advisor early in their program.

Career Opportunities: Employment for Medical Laboratory Technicians is available in hospital laboratories, private laboratories, physicians' office laboratories, health department laboratories, and industrial medical laboratories.

Admission Requirements:
Students must:

  • Comply with all General Admission Requirements for Allied Health and Nursing Programs.
  • Attend a Medical Laboratory Technology Information Session.
  • Be eligible for MTH 163 as shown by satisfactory scores on the NOVA placement tests.
  • Complete with a grade of “C” or higher: BIO 141, CHM 111, ENG 111, and SDV 101.
  • Document a GPA of at least 2.0 at last school attended.

Special Accreditation Status: The program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS); 5600 North River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, Illinois 60018; Phone: 773-714-8880; Fax: 773- 714-8886;

BIO 141 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
CHM 111 College Chemistry I 4
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
SDV 101 Orientation to Health Care 1
Total   12
Two Years Credits
1st Semester
BIO 142 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
1CST 229 Intercultural Communication 3
HLT 141 Introduction to Medical Terminology 1
MDL 196 On-Site Training 1
MDL 101 Introduction to Medical Laboratory Techniques 3
Total   12
2nd Semester
BIO 205 General Microbiology 4
MDL 215 Immunology 2
MDL 261 Clinical/Chemistry/Instrumentation I 4
MDL 127 Hematology 3
PED 116 Lifetime Fitness & Wellness 1
Total   14
3rd Semester
MDL 266 Clinical Chemistry Techniques 4
MDL 276 Clinical Hematology Techniques 4
Total   8
4th Semester
2___ ___    Social Science Elective 3
MDL 216 Blood Banking 4
MDL 251 Clinical Microbiology I 3
MDL 252 Clinical Microbiology II 2
MDL 243 Intro to Clinical Molecular Diagnostics 2
Total   14
5th Semester
3____ ____    Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
MDL 278 Clinical Microbiology Techniques II 4
MDL 277 Clinical Immunohematology & Immunology Technique 4
MDL 281 Clinical Correlations 1
Total   12
Total credits for the Medical Laboratory Technology A.A.S.=72 (includes 12 prerequisite credits)

1 CST 110 Intro to Communication or CST 126 Interpersonal Communication may be substituted for CST 229.

2 The social science elective may be selected from the social/behavioral sciences courses listed under General Education Electives.

3 Humanities/fine arts elective may be selected from the humanities/fine arts courses listed under General Education Electives.