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Medical Laboratory Technician AAT Degree

degree Info at a Glance
Type
AAT Degree
Estimated # of Quarters
This degree is approximately 4 quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.
Admission Dates
Spring Quarter.

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.

Degree Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
MLT 110Introduction to the Laboratory2
MLT 203Hematology10
MLT 204Hemostasis5
MLT 208Phlebotomy/Processing2
MLT 210Immunology7
MLT 214Immunohematology6
MLT 216Clinical Blood Banking5
MLT 217Microbiology10
MLT 218Urinalysis3
MLT 221Body Fluids1
MLT 227Clinical Chemistry8
MLT 232Clinical Experience I11
MLT 235Clinical Experience II9
MLT 236CAPClinical Experience III7
ENGL& 101English Composition I5
MATH& 146Introduction to Stats5
PSYC& 100DIVGeneral Psychology5
Computer Literacy Requirements3
 Technical Credits104

Introduction to the Laboratory

Item #
MLT 110
Total 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.
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Hematology

Item #
MLT 203
Total 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
MLT 110.
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Hemostasis

Item #
MLT 204
Total 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
MLT 203.
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Phlebotomy/Processing

Item #
MLT 208
Total 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
MLT 110.
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Immunology

Item #
MLT 210
Total 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
MLT 110 and MLT 204.
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Immunohematology

Item #
MLT 214
Total 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
MLT 210.
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Clinical Blood Banking

Item #
MLT 216
Total 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
MLT 214.
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Microbiology

Item #
MLT 217
Total 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
MLT 214.
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Urinalysis

Item #
MLT 218
Total 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
MLT 217.
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Body Fluids

Item #
MLT 221
Total 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
MLT 218.
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Clinical Chemistry

Item #
MLT 227
Total 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
MLT 218.
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Clinical Experience I

Item #
MLT 232
Total 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). 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. 

Prerequisites
MLT 227.
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Clinical Experience II

Item #
MLT 235
Total 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-weekly site visits, as well as Wednesday afternoon class sessions. This course is offered winter quarter. 

Prerequisites
MLT 232.
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Clinical Experience III

Item #
MLT 236CAP
Total 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. 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
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.
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English Composition I

Item #
ENGL& 101
Total Credits
5

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.

 

Prerequisites
COMPASS score of 77 in writing and 81 in reading. Placement score or successful completion of ENG 094.
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Introduction to Stats

Item #
MATH& 146
Total Credits
5

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. 

Prerequisites
Appropriate COMPASS placement score (algebra 76 or above or college algebra 48 or above) or successful completion of MAT 099 is required.
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General Psychology

Item #
PSYC& 100DIV
Total Credits
5

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.

 

Prerequisites
Successful completion of PSYC& 100.
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Computer Literacy Requirements

Total Credits
3
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