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College Catalog 2018-2019

Associate of Applied Science Degree
Offered through MEC
CIP Code: 51.1004

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 medical laboratory technician (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 the 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 healthcare 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.

Credit for Prior Learning: Students in this program who have completed a military laboratory training program and hold Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) Certification from the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification (BOC) are eligible for credit for prior learning in the major coursework. See an academic advisor for further information.

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: Admission Requirements: Admission to the Medical Laboratory Technology program is competitive

Applicants must do the following:

• Comply with all general admission program requirements.

• View the online Medical Laboratory Technology online information session.

• Be eligible for MTH 163 (old Math) or MTH 161 (new Math) 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.

• Complete the TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) test.

• 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; http://www.naacls.org/.

Continuation Requirements: Each course in the program major must be completed with a grade of “C” or better before taking the next course in the sequence.

1BIO 141 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
2CHM 111 General Chemistry I 4
3ENG 111 College Composition I 3
SDV 101 Orientation to Healthcare 1
Total   12
Two Years Credits
1st Semester
4BIO 142 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
MDL 101 Introduction to Medical Laboratory Techniques 3
MDL 125 Clinical Hematology I 3
MDL 140 Clinical Urinalysis 2
MDL 215 Immunology 2
Total   14
2nd Semester
5CST 229 Intercultural Communication 3
MDL 130 Basic Clinical Microbiology 3
MDL 225 Clinical Hematology II 3
MDL 260 Laboratory Instrumentation 2
MDL 263 Clinical Chemistry and Instrumentation III 3
Total   14
3rd Semester
MDL 276 Clinical Hematology Techniques 3
MDL 266 Clinical Chemistry 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
6___ Social Science Elective 3
Total   12
5th Semester
7____ Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
MDL 277 Clinical Immunohematology and Immunology Technique 4
MDL 278 Clinical Microbiology Techniques II 4
MDL 281 Clinical Correlations 1
Total   12
Total credits for the Medical Laboratory Technology A.A.S.=70 (includes 12 prerequisite credits)

1 May substitute BIO 231.

2 May substitute CHM 241 and CHM 245.

3 May substitute ENG 112 or higher.

4 May substitute BIO 232.

5 May substitute CST 110 or CST 126.

6 See social/behavioral science courses listed under General Education Electives.

7 See humanities/fine arts courses listed under General Education Electives.