Medical Laboratory Technician

Academic Division of Natural & Health Sciences

The Medical Laboratory Technician program consists of didactic and campus laboratory courses designed to progress the student through a two-year program and provide them with entry-level knowledge and skills to perform clinical laboratory procedures in chemistry, hematology, microbiology, immunohematology, immunology, and phlebotomy. This training is enriched when the students will have the opportunity to apply previously acquired knowledge and skills in a supervised working environment. Clinical affiliate laboratories in and surrounding Quincy within an approximate 60-mile radius will be utilized for the clinical experience.

Upon successful completion of the program, an Associate of Science Degree in Medical Laboratory Technology is awarded. Graduates are eligible to take the national certification examination for Medical Laboratory Technology offered by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) Board of Registry.

MLT Mission Statement

The MLT program provides a quality curriculum and innovative instruction to students who will, upon graduation, serve local, statewide and national healthcare communities.

Download the 2016-2017 Medical Laboratory Technician Program Student Handbook.

Accreditation

The Medical Laboratory Technician Program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science, 5600 N. River Rd. Suite 720, Rosemount, IL 60018; (773) 714 – 8880; http://www.naacls.org/.

MLT Success Rates for 2015*

Graduation: 83% (27/35)
Attrition: 6% (2/35)
Certification: 64% (7/11)
Job Placement: 55% (16/27)

*Rates subject to change as students complete clinical training and certification testing and obtain employment.

Medical Laboratory Technician Program

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Degrees

The Medical Laboratory Technician program consists of didactic and campus laboratory courses designed to progress the student through a two-year program and provide them with entry-level knowledge and skills to perform clinical laboratory procedures in chemistry, hematology, microbiology, immunohematology, immunology, and phlebotomy. This training is enriched when the students will have the opportunity to apply previously acquired knowledge and skills in a supervised working environment. Clinical affiliate laboratories in and surrounding Quincy within an approximate 60-mile radius will be utilized for the clinical experience.

Upon successful completion of the program, an Associate of Science Degree in Medical Laboratory Technology is awarded. Graduates are eligible to take the national certification examination for Medical Laboratory Technology offered by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) Board of Registry.

Program Outcomes
At the completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  • Collect, process and preserve blood and other body fluid samples
  • Perform and report laboratory tests in a variety of laboratory settings
  • Operate laboratory equipment and instruments, performing preventive and corrective maintenance as required
  • Identify pre-analytical, analytical, and post-analytical variables that affect procedures, instruments and results, and take appropriate corrective action
  • Perform mathematical functions as required by laboratory procedures
  • Perform and monitor quality assurance and quality control techniques
  • Practice laboratory safety and regulatory compliance
  • Perform information processing functions in the clinical laboratory
  • Apply laboratory results to diagnosis and treatment of clinical conditions and/or diseases
  • Communicate with colleagues and patients in a professional manner
  • Model professional behaviors, ethics, and appearance
  • Work effectively as a team member recognizing the comprehensive impact this has on health care

Download the Medical Laboratory Technician Associate in Science Degree overview sheet.

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Medical Laboratory Technician Courses
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    • Code
    • Course
    • Credits
    • MLT 102
    • Urinalysis and Body Fluids
    • 3
    This course will provide the student with in-depth knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the urinary system and its functions, urine formation and the procedures used in performing routine urinalysis and body fluid analysis. Correlation to abnormal findings and disease states will be discussed. Prerequisite: Admission to the MLT program.
    • MLT 101
    • Introduction to Medical Laboratory Technician Program & Safety
    • 3
    An introduction to clinical laboratory practices and procedures normally performed in a clinical laboratory, including quality control. Topics include safety in a laboratory setting, care and use of a microscope, accreditation and certification. Prerequisite: Admission to the MLT program.
    • MLT 103
    • Medical Microbiology I with Lab
    • 4
    Fundamentals of microbiology with emphasis on pathogenic bacteria and infectious disease. Laboratory experience will include approaches in classification and identification of pathogenic organisms. Prerequisites: MLT 101, MLT 102. Corequisite: MLT 104, MLT 105.

    • MLT 104
    • Hematology and Coagulation
    • 4
    A study of hemostasis and coagulation in normal and disease processes. Theory and principles of blood cell production, including their formation, morphology and function in normal and pathologic processes. Also introduced are basic practices and procedures in the hematology laboratory. Prerequisites: MLT 101, MLT 102.
    • MLT 105
    • Immunology
    • 3
    An overview of basic immunological principles, including methods of testing for diagnosis of immune system disorders, viral and bacterial infections. Prerequisites: MLT 101, MLT 102.
    • MLT 202
    • Clinical Chemistry
    • 4
    This course will cover concepts and principles of analytic methods commonly used in the clinical laboratory. Emphasis will be on quantitative analysis of blood and body fluids utilizing spectrophotometry, electrophoresis, chromatography, enzymatic assays, and immunoassays. Students will be expected to correlate laboratory test results with normal physiology and biochemistry and with disease states. Topics will include metabolic and endocrine systems, and acquired and inherited diseases, therapeutic drug monitoring, toxicology and urinalysis. Prerequisite: Completion of all first year MLT and PHB courses. Co-requisite: MLT 203, MLT 204.
    • MLT 203
    • Medical Microbiology II with Lab
    • 4
    Fundamentals of microbiology with emphasis on pathogenic bacteria and infectious disease. Proper recovery and handling of specimens, growth requirements and identification of organisms will be covered. Laboratory experience will include approaches in classification and identification of pathogenic organisms utilizing morphologic, cultural, biochemical, enzymatic, serologic and nucleic acid analysis. Mycology, parasitology and virology will be introduced. Prerequisite: Completion of all first year MLT and PHB courses. Corequisite: MLT 202, MLT 204.
    • MLT 204
    • Immunohematology
    • 4
    Emphasis will be placed on the genetic basis and immunological interaction of the major blood group antigens and antibodies. Topics will include compatibility testing, antibody screening and identification techniques, blood donations and transfusion therapy, record keeping and quality control techniques. Pre-requisite: Acceptance into the second year of the MLT program.
    • MLT 210
    • Clinical Practicum I
    • 3
    This course is designed to supplement and expand upon the foundational knowledge provided during the first 3 semesters of the MLT program. During the second semester of the second year of the Program, a variety of affiliate laboratories (usually hospital-based) provide the training required for the Clinical Lab Practice component of our program. Within these laboratories there is never more than one student per one clinical instructor in any given department. Students are supervised while they continue to learn procedures and instrumentation and apply knowledge to practice. Students will be required to perform both routine and challenging laboratory tests. The collection, processing, and distribution of lab specimens according to standard procedures will be studied. Safety standards, legal and ethical behaviors, and quality control will be emphasized in a direct patient care setting. The course allows the student to rotate through key areas of the clinical laboratory including blood bank, chemistry, hematology, phlebotomy and microbiology as well as perform venipuncture techniques on live patients/volunteers. Concepts, methods, and procedures discussed/studied in lecture and lab will be reinforced in the clinical practicum. Successful completion of this course (final grade of 73%/C) is required for graduation from the Medical Laboratory Technician program. Prerequisites: Admission to the Medical Laboratory Technician program, permission of the Medical Laboratory instructor and Chair overseeing the Medical Laboratory Technician Program, CORl, and health related paperwork for admission to the clinical affiliate site. Co-requisite: MLT 220, MLT 221, MLT 230.
    • HSC 107
    • Orientation to Health Care
    • 1
    This course is designed to introduce and provide a brief overview of the U.S. health care industry as well as familiarize students with Quincy College and the Division of Nursing and provide students with an overview of the skills necessary to achieve their academic goals. Using the Internet, discussion and individual research this course creates an awareness of and curiosity for the health care delivery system. It explores stress as a natural part of being a student and health care provider and identifies effective coping methods. It also encourages students to value cultural diversity and professionalism. Topics covered include: personality and learning styles, test-taking and study skills, College and Nursing policies and procedures, trends in health care, health care financing and reimbursement, ethical and legal issues and other related health care topics.
    • HSC 149
    • Applied A&P for Health Care Professions
    • 4
    This course is an integrated study of the anatomy and physiology of the human body from the cellular level to the system level; designed for students embarking on a career/profession in the field of health care. Emphasis will be placed upon clinical applications, associated medical terminology and patient assessment. Advances in biomedical technology and patient/client treatment will be highlighted. Completion of HSC 140 prior to enrollment HSC 149 strongly recommended.
    • BIO 111
    • General Biology I
    • 4
    An introductory course in Biology with main emphasis on cell structure and function. Lecture topics include: Gene structure and inheritance, study of plants and fungi, evolution, and ecology. Extensive discussion of concerns facing humanity today including quality of nutrition, environmental pollution, genetic engineering, inheritable diseases, and birth defects. Safety protocols must be observed in all lab classes. These include: no food, no drink, and no open-toe shoes, appropriate clothing. Only registered students may enter labs. Placement at ENG 101 level strongly advised.
    • CHE 121
    • General Chemistry I
    • 4
    A study of the fundamental chemical laws and theories. Topics include atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, stoichiometry, chemical and physical properties, change of state, solution chemistry and gas laws. Safety protocols must be observed in all lab classes. These include: no food, no drink, no open-toe shoes, appropriate clothing. Only registered students may enter labs. Safety protocols must be observed in all lab classes. These include: no food, no drink, no-open-toe shoes, appropriate clothing. Only registered students may enter labs. Prerequisite: MAT 103 with “C” or better.
    • CHE 141
    • Introduction to Chemistry
    • 4
    A preparatory course in Chemistry designed particularly for students in Nursing and Health Science areas who lack previous chemistry training or whose background may require an extensive review. Topics include basic mathematical operations, physical and chemical properties, atomic and molecular structures, chemical formulas and bonding, naming compounds, chemical equations and reactions, gas laws, stoichiometry, periodicity of elements, solution chemistry, acids and bases, nuclear chemistry, organic chemistry and intro to biochemistry. Safety protocols must be observed in all lab classes. These include: no food, no drink, and no-open-toe shoes, appropriate clothing. Only registered students may enter labs. Prerequisite: MAT 097 with “C” or better.
    • CHE 103
    • Introduction to Forensic Science
    • 4
    An introductory course focusing on use of science in solving criminal cases. Basics of chemical, physical, medical, and behavioral sciences will be used to preserve a crime scene and identify, collect, examine and interpret crime evidences to help the process of law. Topics include, but are not limited to, analysis of fiber, hair, body fluids, fingerprints, footprints, bullet residue, toxic substance, illegal drugs, explosives, DNA traces, tool marks, and documents. Safety protocols must be observed in all lab classes. These include: no food, no drink, no-open-toe shoes, appropriate clothing. Only registered students may enter labs. ENG 101, MAT 095 or higher strongly recommended, with “C” or better.
    • CSI 101
    • Introduction to Computers
    • 3
    This course introduces the student to the theory, structure, and application of computers. Topics include word processing, spread sheeting, presentation, and database management (software).
    • MLT 220
    • Clinical Practicum II
    • 1
    This course is designed to supplement and expand upon the foundational knowledge provided during the first 3 semesters of the MLT program. During the second semester of the second year of the Program, a variety of affiliate laboratories (usually hospital-based) provide the training required for the Clinical Lab Practice component of our program. Within these laboratories there is never more than one student per one clinical instructor in any given department. Students are supervised while they continue to learn procedures and instrumentation and apply knowledge to practice. Students will be required to perform both routine and challenging laboratory tests. The collection, processing, and distribution of lab specimens according to standard procedures will be studied. Safety standards, legal and ethical behaviors, and quality control will be emphasized in a direct patient care setting. The course allows the student to rotate through key areas of the clinical laboratory including blood bank, chemistry, hematology, phlebotomy and microbiology as well as perform venipuncture techniques on live patients/volunteers. Concepts, methods, and procedures discussed/studied in lecture and lab will be reinforced in the clinical practicum. Successful completion of this course (final grade of 73%/C) is required for graduation from the Medical Laboratory Technician program. Prerequisites: Admission to the Medical Laboratory Technician program, permission of the Clinical Laboratory instructor and Chair overseeing the Medical Laboratory Technician program, CORl, and health related paperwork for admission to the clinical affiliate site. Co-requisite: MLT 210, MLT 221, MLT 230.
    • MLT 221
    • Clinical Lab Seminar
    • 1
    Capstone seminar course covering professional topics in clinical laboratory science, including but not limited to weekly discussion of materials covered during clinical site visits. Professional certifications and organizations are also discussed. Topics in lab accreditation, inspection, resume writing, professionalism and management are covered as well. Successful completion of this course (final grade of 73%/C) is required for graduation from the Medical Laboratory Technician program. Prerequisites: Admission to the Medical Laboratory Technician program, completion of 3 semesters of coursework, and permission of the Clinical Laboratory instructor and Chair overseeing the Medical Laboratory Technician program. Co-requisite: MLT 220, MLT 220, MLT 230.
    • MLT 230
    • Clinical Practicum III
    • 3
    This course is designed to supplement and expand upon the foundational knowledge provided during the first 3 semesters of the MLT program. During the second semester of the second year of the Program, a variety of affiliate laboratories (usually hospital-based) provide the training required for the Clinical Lab Practice component of our program. Within these laboratories there is never more than one student per one clinical instructor in any given department. Students are supervised while they continue to learn procedures and instrumentation and apply knowledge to practice. Students will be required to perform both routine and challenging laboratory tests. The collection, processing, and distribution of lab specimens according to standard procedures will be studied. Safety standards, legal and ethical behaviors, and quality control will be emphasized in a direct patient care setting. The course allows the student to rotate through key areas of the clinical laboratory including blood bank, chemistry, hematology, phlebotomy and microbiology as well as perform venipuncture techniques on live patients/volunteers. Concepts, methods, and procedures discussed/studied in lecture and lab will be reinforced in the clinical practicum. Successful completion of this course (final grade of 73%/C) is required for graduation from the Medical Laboratory Technician program. Prerequisites: Admission to the Medical Laboratory Technician program, permission of the Medical Laboratory Technician instructor and Chair overseeing the Medical Laboratory Technician program, CORl, and health related paperwork for admission to the clinical affiliate site. Co-requisite: MLT 210, MLT 220, MLT 221.
    • PHB 115
    • Phlebotomy
    • 2
    This course will provide the theory required for a student to perform both routine and challenging venipunctures and capillary skin punctures on adults. In addition, the collection, processing, and distribution of lab specimens according to standard procedures will be studied. Safety standards, legal and ethical behaviors, and quality control will be emphasized. The course includes an anatomic review of the human cardiovascular system and basic hematology. Upon successful completion of this course and PHS 125, the student will have entry level skill as a phlebotomy technician. This course is only open to students admitted into the Phlebotomy Certificate Program or Clinical Laboratory Technician Program. Otherwise, special permission is required from the Chair overseeing the Phlebotomy Program. Co-requisite: PHB 125.
    • PHB 125
    • Phlebotomy Lab
    • 1
    This course will provide the student with the practice required to perform both routine and challenging venipunctures and capillary skin punctures on adults. In addition, the collection, processing, and distribution of lab specimens according to standard procedures will be studied. Safety standards, legal and ethical behaviors, and quality control will be emphasized. The course allows the student to apply his/her knowledge of human anatomy, the cardiovascular system, and basic hematology in the laboratory/simulated clinical setting through the practice of blood collection techniques on mannequins and live patients/volunteers. Concepts, methods, and procedures discussed/studied in lecture will be reinforced in the laboratory. Upon successful completion of this course and PHB 115, the student will have entry level skill as a phlebotomy technician. This course is only open to students admitted into the Phlebotomy Certificate Program or Clinical Laboratory Science Program. Otherwise, special permission is required from the Chair overseeing the Phlebotomy Program. Co-requisite: PHB 115.

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