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The Program – Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT)

MLTs perform a wide variety of laboratory tests that aid the physician in the diagnosis and treatment of disease.  MLTs provide compatible blood components for transfusion, perform chemical analysis of body fluids, classify blood cells, and identify microorganisms. They work in a variety of settings such as hospitals, clinics, industry, research, and independent laboratories.

Important Information for Program

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What you’ll learn

  • Collect, process, and analyze biological specimens or other substances.
  • Perform routine clinical laboratory tests in clinical chemistry, hematology/hemostasis, immunology, immunohematology, microbiology, body fluid analysis, laboratory operations, and performance of assays.
  • Perform pre-analytical, analytical, and post-analytical processes.
  • Perform mathematical calculations related to all areas of the clinical laboratory.
  • Perform problem-solving and troubleshooting techniques for laboratory methodologies.
  • Correlate laboratory test results with patient diagnosis and treatment and determine the significance of clinical procedures and results.
  • Perform quality assessment within the clinical laboratory; recognize factors that interfere with analytical tests and take appropriate actions.
  • Demonstrate the technical training sufficient to orient new employees within the clinical laboratory.
  • Demonstrate professional interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills sufficient to serve the needs of patients and the public including an awareness of how diversity may affect the communication process.
  • Apply basic scientific principles in learning new techniques and procedures; demonstrate the application of principles and methodologies.
  • Utilize computer technology applications to interact with computerized instruments and laboratory information systems.
  • Demonstrate proficient knowledge of computer software as it applies to document production, spreadsheets, and presentations.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of infection control and safety practices, and follow established guidelines and governmental/accreditation regulations.
  • Demonstrate professional conduct and apply legal, social, and ethical responsibilities within the health care environment.
  • Pursue certification and continued professional development.

Certification

Students completing the Medical Laboratory Technology major are eligible to take the certification exam offered by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP), 33 West Monroe, Suite 1600, Chicago, IL 60603, 312-541-4999, www.ascp.org .  Successful completion results in an MLT (ASCP) certification.

Essential Program Requirements-Technical Standards

An MLT applicant must assess their ability to meet the Technical Standards required to progress and successfully complete the program. Please review the Standards in the Medical Science Student Handbook and direct questions to an MLT advisor.

Articulation and Advanced Training

Because some jobs/employers embrace the idea of “lifelong learning” and career advancement, MTC’s associate degree program in Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) has developed solid “2 + 2” options with leading Ohio colleges and universities so that graduates can smoothly transition into and complete a bachelor’s degree program.

  • One such relationship is in the form of a predominantly online degree program with the University of Cincinnati; details can be found at www.clsonline.uc.edu.
  • An option for advanced education with Bowling Green State University and a bachelor’s degree in Health Technologies; learn more click here.
  • An option for advanced education with Ohio State University and offers an MT bachelor’s degree details can be found at http://majors.osu.edu/.

Life Experience Credit

At MTC, the ultimate importance is placed on what you know, not the where, and how.

Life Experience Credit (formerly called Credit for Prior Learning) allows the College to grant credit for demonstrated competencies normally learned through traditional classroom attendance, or for courses that do not meet traditional guidelines for the “credit by examination” process.

Life Experience Credit sources may include work and supervisory experience, the knowledge gained from personal studies, travel, hobbies, and other achievements and experiences.

See your program Dean/Director to learn more about how Life Experience Credit may be able to “jumpstart” your degree plans.

Your Degree
Associate of Applied Science

Two-year (five semesters) full-time degree schedule; a mixture of core lab tech, science, and communications; required clinical experience provides professional development in the modern workplace; the program can be completed on a part-time basis.

Career Information

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Application Process

Limited Enrollment

To apply for the MLT program, applicants must have:

  1. MTC Application for Admission including application fee and final high school transcript.
  2. A minimum 2.5 accumulative grade point average (on 4.0 scale) in high school or college-level courses (whichever is most recent).
  3. American College Test (ACT) scores with a minimum composite score of 18 or successful completion of college-level required program courses with a minimum accumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher.
  4. Successful completion of the ACT or Basic Skills Assessment (Next-Generation ACCUPLACER) in reading, writing, mathematics (statistics pathway), and Technology Skills Test (TST). College foundation courses are available to help you meet specialized program admission requirements. College transfer credit may also be used with a grade of C or better.
  5. Completion of high school biology and chemistry with a grade of C or better or completion of SCI1050 with a grade of C or better.
  6. Minimum of four (4) hours of laboratory observation and a completed Laboratory Observation form and signed Confidentiality Agreement.
  7. Completed MLT application packet available by request or online on MTC’s website.
  8. Completion of a successful criminal background check and a successful drug screen. Students admitted into the program are required to submit to a criminal background check facilitated by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and identification. Students with a certain felony, misdemeanor, or drug-related arrests will be ineligible for admission into the program
  9. The applicant must read the Medical Sciences Student Handbook. A listing of requirements, policies, and procedures for the program is available in the Student Handbook located on MTC’s website.

Clinical Affiliates:

Medical Laboratory Technology students participate in supervised clinical field experience to transfer classroom and laboratory learning to the work setting providing students with experience.

Click here for a list of Clinical Affiliates.

Accreditation:

MTC’s Medical Laboratory Technology program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences [NAACLS, 5600 North River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018, 773-714-8880,www.naacls.org].

Medical Laboratory Technology Certification Information:

Medical Laboratory Technology graduates are eligible to sit for the certification exam offered by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP, 33 West Monroe, Suite 1600, Chicago, IL 60603, 312-541-4999, www.ascp.org).  The credential awarded upon successful completion of the exam is MLT (ASCP).

For More Information, Contact:

Admission Office
Marion Technical College
1467 Mt. Vernon Ave.
Marion, OH 43302
Email: enroll@mtc.edu
740.389.4636

Medical Laboratory Technology

If you would like to be a detective to identify clues to help diagnose patients, this growing field may be right for you! This opens up a variety of job opportunities including hospitals, clinics, industry, research, and independent labs.

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