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NOVA 2012-2013 College Catalog: Programs of Study

Associate of Applied Science Degree MEC

Purpose: 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 transfer may be an option for certified MLTs. Students interested in transfer should contact an academic 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 Program Requirements.
  • View the online 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;

1BIO 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
1BIO 142 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
2CST 229 Intercultural Communication 3
HLT 141 Introduction to Medical Terminology 1
MDL 101 Introduction to Medical Laboratory Techniques 3
PED 116 Lifetime Fitness & Wellness 1
Total   12
2nd Semester
BIO 150 Introductory Microbiology or 4
  BIO  205  General Microbiology  
MDL 127 Hematology 3
MDL 215 Immunology 2
MDL 261 Clinical/Chemistry/Instrumentation I 4
Total   13
3rd Semester
MDL 266 Clinical Chemistry Techniques 3
MDL 276 Clinical Hematology Techniques 3
Total   6
4th Semester
MDL 216 Blood Banking 4
MDL 243 Intro to Clinical Molecular Diagnostics 2
MDL 251 Clinical Microbiology I 3
MDL 252 Clinical Microbiology II 2
3___ Social Science Elective 3
Total   14
5th Semester
4____ Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
MDL 277 Clinical Immunohematology & Immunology Technique 4
MDL 281 Clinical Correlations 1
MDL 278 Clinical Microbiology Techniques II 4
Total   12
Total credits for the Medical Laboratory Technology A.A.S.=69 (includes 12 prerequisite credits)

1 Although students who have graduated with a transfer-oriented A.A., A.S., or A.A. & S. degree or any baccalaureate or higher degree from a regionally accredited United States institution of higher education will have most of their general education considered as met, they must meet the math and science requirements specified for this program. Exceptions must be approved by the division dean responsible for the student's curriculum.

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

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

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