Academic Catalog

Medical Laboratory Technician Classes

Introduction to the Laboratory

Item Number
MLT 110
Credits
2

Orients students to the campus, the program and the laboratory field. Covers school and program policies, the metric system, basic techniques, microscopy, physiological processes, medical terminology and laboratory organization. A large block of time is dedicated to discussing laboratory safety and standard precautions, HIPAA and professionalism. These topics are then integrated into the applied academic courses for the remainder of the program. This course is presented spring quarter. 

Prerequisites

Completion of a college course in biology w/lab and a college course in chemistry with lab within the last five years, with a grade of B or better. If you have already obtained your bachelor’s degree, then the five-year stipulation does not apply.

Hematology

Item Number
MLT 203
Credits
10

Explores the role of the circulatory system and heart, before beginning an in-depth study of blood cells: Erythrocytes and Leukocytes. For each cell group, principles of production, function, normal numbers and associated diseases are covered. Laboratory practice includes manual and automated counting of all cell types, and routine procedures associated with each. This course is offered spring quarter. 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of MLT 110.

Hemostasis

Item Number
MLT 204
Credits
5

Covers the processes involved in coagulation (hemostasis), both primary and secondary, and fibrinolysis. Normal coagulation activities, as well as coagulation deficiencies, are presented, and routine coagulation procedures are performed in the student laboratory. This course is offered spring quarter. 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of MLT 203.

Phlebotomy/Processing

Item Number
MLT 208
Credits
2

Learn to collect both venous and capillary blood specimens, as well as to separate plasma or serum from cells, when necessary for testing. The color-coding of evacuated tubes, the specimen requirements for major procedures, and, particularly, the practice of standard precautions are all stressed throughout the course. This course is offered spring quarter, and skills development continues through summer and fall quarters prior to the clinical experience. 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of MLT 110.

Immunology

Item Number
MLT 210
Credits
7

Covers the immune process in terms of active-versus-passive, innate-versus-acquired, and humoral-versus-cell-mediated immunities. Laboratory procedures employing a variety of in vitro demonstrations of antigen-antibody reactions are performed. This course is offered spring quarter. 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of MLT 204.

Immunohematology

Item Number
MLT 214
Credits
6

Applies the principles of antigens and antibodies covered in MLT 210 to red blood cell antigens and antibodies, with emphasis on blood banking procedures, and culminating in performance of pre-transfusion cross matching. This course is offered summer quarter. 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of MLT 210 and MLT 217.

Clinical Blood Banking

Item Number
MLT 216
Credits
5

Experience a mock clinical training rotation in blood banking under the direction of a currently practicing blood banking specialist. Building on the procedures mastered in MLT 214, students will solve real-world blood banking problems, including identification of antibodies. Students will deal with daily inventory and temperature record-keeping, perform quality assurance procedures, and receive and complete stat orders. This course is offered summer quarter. 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of MLT 214.

Microbiology

Item Number
MLT 217
Credits
10

This course begins with an introduction to bacterial growth, culture requirements, sterilization procedures, and biochemical activity. This introductory material is followed by detailed study of the gram positive cocci, the gram negative cocci, the enterobacteriaceae, and the non-fermentative gram negative bacilli. Particular attention is paid to human pathogenic versus normal flora organisms, depending on body site. Identification by classical and packaged systems is followed by susceptibility studies. Brief presentations on anaerobes, parasitology and mycology conclude the course. This course is offered summer quarter. 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of MLT 218.

Urinalysis

Item Number
MLT 218
Credits
3

Perform routine urine analysis, both macroscopic and microscopic, with attention to abnormal results and their possible cause. An overview of the anatomy and physiology of the excretory system and the normal and abnormal constituents of urine accompany laboratory practice. This course is presented summer quarter. 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of MLT 210.

Body Fluids

Item Number
MLT 221
Credits
1

Introduces the production, collection, and analyses of various body fluids, including Cerebrospinal and Synovial fluids. This course is offered on Wednesday afternoons during the fall quarter clinical phase. 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of MLT 218 and MLT 227.

Clinical Chemistry

Item Number
MLT 227
Credits
8

Beginning with an overview of the digestive system, students will study the relationship between blood levels of many substances and normal-versus-abnormal physiology. In the student laboratory, students will perform manual and semi-automated procedures for the assay of commonly measured blood components. Preventative maintenance of instruments, troubleshooting and quality assurance are stressed throughout the course. This course is offered fall quarter. 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of MLT 216 and MLT 218.

Clinical Experience I

Item Number
MLT 232
Credits
11

This course begins the clinical phase of training in an affiliated laboratory. During this course, students will complete eight weeks of the experience (either five eight-hour days each week or four nine-hour days each week). Some clinical sites may assign 1-2 weeks of either swing or night shift as part of the clinical phase. In the next courses (MLT 235 and 236), they will continue training for eleven more weeks. Over the course of the nineteen weeks of clinical training, students will rotate through all departments and perform current routine procedures by state-of-the-art methodologies. Appropriate amounts of time are spent working in each particular discipline; to accomplish this, some students rotate through two or three different laboratories. Staff of the affiliated laboratory directly supervise students; there is ongoing contact with the instructor in the form of bi-monthly site visits and Wednesday afternoon class sessions. A report of No Record on File regarding crimes against persons from a background check is required for participation in this training. This course is offered fall quarter. 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of MLT 227.

Clinical Experience II

Item Number
MLT 235
Credits
9

Continues the clinical training begun in MLT 232. Students continue for six weeks of training (either five eight-hour days each week or four nine-hour days each week), rotating through those departments not yet experienced and continuing to meet objectives listed in the MLT 232 syllabus. Some clinical sites may assign 1-2 weeks of either swing or night shift as part of the clinical phase. As in MLT 232, staff of the affiliated laboratory directly supervises students, and there is ongoing contact with the instructor in the form of bi-monthly site visits, as well as Wednesday afternoon class sessions. This course is offered winter quarter. 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of MLT 221 and MLT 232.

Clinical Experience III

Item Number
MLT 236CAP
Credits
7

Complete the clinical training begun in MLT 232 and 235. Students complete five more weeks of training (either five eight-hour days or four nine-hour days each week), completing the remainder of the objectives in the MLT 232 syllabus. Some clinical sites may also assign 1-2 weeks of either swing or night shift as part of the clinical phase. As in MLT 235, staff of the affiliated laboratory directly supervises students, and there is ongoing contact with the instructor in the form of bi-monthly site visits, as well as Wednesday afternoon class sessions. This course is offered winter quarter. Near the end of the quarter students will be given a cumulative final exam to prepare them for the ASCP national board exam.

Prerequisites

Successful completion of MLT 235.

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