Prepares students to work in clinical laboratories performing routine analyses on blood and body fluids.
During the academic phase (spring and summer quarters, and three weeks of fall quarter), students are on campus in a simulated clinical laboratory; study focuses on the theory of laboratory testing of body fluids. Basic skills, normal values, the significance of abnormal values and quality control are emphasized. Normal human anatomy and physiology and the changes that occur in disease states are also studied.
During the clinical phase (fall and winter quarters), students are assigned to affiliated clinical laboratories in the Puget Sound area. Each student rotates through all the departments of the clinical laboratory, spending appropriate lengths of time in each.
The affiliated laboratory assigns eight or nine-hour day shifts during the clinical phase. Some clinical sites may also assign 1-2 weeks of either swing or night shifts as part of the clinical phase. Upon successful completion, graduates are eligible to take the ASCP Medical Laboratory Technician certification examination qualifying them for employment as a Medical Laboratory Technician with professional recognition of having achieved MLT (ASCP) status.
Included in this program are academic courses in communication (English composition, speech), quantitative reasoning (math), and social sciences (psychology) that provide knowledge and abilities that enhance personal development and serve as a foundation for technical skills.
Students are required to carry personal health/medical insurance throughout their clinical rotations. Quarterly based insurance for students may be purchased; further information is available through the Advising and Counseling Office.
No student will be allowed at a clinical site without proof of insurance.
Students must complete all college degree requirements prior to graduation. Students must receive a “C” or better in all technical courses to satisfy graduation requirements. This includes courses that meet the requirements for diversity, computer literacy and the capstone project. Upon successful completion of the MLT program, the students will achieve an Associate in Applied Technology (AAT) degree.
Program Accreditation: This program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences:
5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont IL 60018, 847-939-3547
Employability Requirements: Graduates are required to pass a national certification exam (ASCP) prior to employment. Prior to being allowed to perform clinical rotations the students must pass a background check. Current immunizations and American Health Association CPR Healthcare Provider card.
Program Length: This program is four quarters long, offered in two phases: 23 weeks of academics and 19 weeks of clinical experience.
Prerequisites: High school diploma or high school equivalency diploma. College-level courses in both biology with a lab and chemistry with a lab, completed within five years (unless they hold a bachelor’s degree, then the five year rule does not apply) with a grade of B (3.0) or better, prior to beginning the program. Speaking, understanding and writing the English language are required. To enter the program, a student must meet the prerequisites for college-level reading, writing and math. In order to participate in the clinical aspect of the program, students must receive a No Record on File report related to Crimes Against Persons from the Washington State Patrol and students must have current immunizations or laboratory verification of immune status. This includes, but is not limited to, Hepatitis B series, Tetanus/Diphtheria, Tuberculosis Test, Measles/Mumps/Rubella, and Varicella as required by contracts with clinical facilities and CDC recommendations. Proof of immunizations is required by the last day of class in spring quarter, without exception. CPR certification from the American Heart Association with the designation “Health Care Provider” is required prior to commencing clinical rotation. A non-refundable fee is charged to each student for the background check. Students are required to carry personal health/medical insurance throughout their clinical rotations. Quarterly based insurance for students may be purchased; further information is available through the advising and counseling office. Students must also pass a color blindness test given prior to entering the program.
|Course Number||Class Title||Credits|
|MLT 110||Introduction to the Laboratory||2|
|MLT 216||Clinical Blood Banking||5|
|MLT 221||Body Fluids||1|
|MLT 227||Clinical Chemistry||8|
|MLT 232||Clinical Experience I||11|
|MLT 235||Clinical Experience II||9|
|MLT 236CAP||Clinical Experience III||7|
|ENGL& 101||English Composition I||5|
|MATH& 146||Introduction to Stats||5|
|PSYC& 100DIV||General Psychology||5|
|Computer Literacy Requirements||3|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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). 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-weekly 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.
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-weekly site visits, as well as Wednesday afternoon class sessions. This course is offered winter quarter.
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. 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.
Introduction to expository writing with an emphasis on unified, coherent essays. Learn to generate essays that support a thesis and to use the rhetorical modes of development — narration, description, comparison/contrast, cause and effect, persuasion — appropriately. Recognize writing as a process and use secondary MLA/ APA documentation styles to support critical thinking and writing.
Descriptive and inferential statistics, including measures of central tendency, dispersion or variation, and skewness. Students are introduced to basic concepts in probability, as well as discrete and continuous probability distribution functions. Statistical inference includes sampling, elementary experimental design, and hypothesis testing using normal, student’s T, and F-distributions; linear regression and correlation; and the chi-square distribution. Graphing calculator is required.
Surveys the knowledge and methods of the discipline of psychology. Presents a broad view of this subject and establishes the foundation for further study of the discipline. Emphasis will be placed on applying psychological knowledge to daily situations, and on accessing and assessing information about behavior from a variety of sources. Skills in scientific reasoning and critical thinking will be developed.
|CAS 121CL||Word I||3|
|CAS 151CL||Access I||3|
|CPW 101CL||Programming Fundamentals||5|
|ARC 181CL||Introduction to AutoCAD||5|
|ARC 284CL||Applied AutoCAD||5|
|CAS 103CL||Online Learning with Canvas||3|
|CAS 115CL||Introduction to Computing||3|
|CAS 130CL||Excel I||3|
|CAS 135CL||Excel II||3|
|NSS 105CL||IT Essentials II||4|
|CAH 105CL||Computer Applications||5|
|ECS 110CL||Computer Essentials for the ECE Professional||4|
|ENV 245CL||Environmental Law II||5|
|GTC 123CL||Macintosh Operations & Image Acquisition||5|
|HS 110CL||Computer Applications for the Human Services Professional||3|
|MEC 140CL||Computer Programming and Logic||5|