Medical Laboratory Technology, A.A.S.

Associate of Applied Science
Campuses: Medical Education (Springfield)

The curriculum is designed to prepare students to perform essential laboratory testing on blood and body fluids that is critical to the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of disease. In a medical laboratory, the medical laboratory technician (MLT) is part of a team of highly skilled pathologists, technologists, and phlebotomists working together to determine the presence, extent or absence of disease, and helping to evaluate the effectiveness of treatment. This program emphasizes 'hands-on' practice of laboratory methods in a state-of-the-art laboratory at the Medical Education Campus in Springfield, followed by clinical experience at various affiliating healthcare organizations.

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be eligible to take the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification examination and other national certification examinations offered at the technician level.

Credit for Prior Learning: Students in this program who have completed a military laboratory training program and hold Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) Certification from the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification (BOC) are eligible for credit for prior learning in the major coursework. See an academic advisor for further information.

Career Opportunities: Employment for medical laboratory technicians is available in hospital laboratories, private laboratories, physicians' office laboratories, health department laboratories, and industrial medical laboratories.

Admission Requirements: Admission to the Medical Laboratory Technology program is competitive. Applicants must do the following:

  • Comply with all general admission program requirements.
  • View the online Medical Laboratory Technology information session.
  • Be eligible for MTH 161 as shown by satisfactory scores on NOVA placement tests.
  • Complete with a grade of 'C' or higher: BIO 141 or BIO 231 , CHM 111 or CHM 241 and CHM 242 , ENG 111, and SDV 101.
  • Complete the TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) test.
  • Document a GPA of at least 2.0 at the last school attended.

Continuation Requirements: Each course in the program major must be completed with a grade of 'C' or better before taking the next course in the sequence.

Special Accreditation Status: The program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS); 5600 North River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, Illinois 60018; Phone: 773-714-8880; Fax: 773-714-8886; www.naacls.org.

Transfer Information

Transfer is not the primary purpose of an A.A.S. program, but transfer may be an option for certified MLTs. Students interested in transfer should contact an academic advisor early in their program.

Course Curriculum

Below is a table that shows the courses needed to satisfy this program. Please speak with an advisor to ensure you meet your program requirements.

Two Years Credits
Prerequisites
1BIO 141 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
2CHM 111 General Chemistry I 4
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
Choose One
SDV 101 Orientation to (a Specific Discipline) 1
SDV 100 College Success Skills
Total 12
1st Semester
3BIO 142 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
4CST 229 Intercultural Communication 3
MDL 101 Introduction to Medical Laboratory Techniques 3
MDL 125 Clinical Hematology I 3
MDL 140 Clinical Urinalysis 2
Total 15
2nd Semester
MDL 130 Basic Clinical Microbiology 3
MDL 215 Immunology 2
MDL 225 Clinical Hematology II 3
MDL 260 Laboratory Instrumentation I 2
MDL 263 Clinical Chemistry and Instrumentation III 3
Total 13
3rd Semester
MDL 266 Clinical Chemistry Techniques 3
MDL 276 Clinical Hematology Techniques 3
Total 6
4th Semester
MDL 216 Blood Banking 4
MDL 243 Introduction to Clinical Molecular Diagnostics 2
MDL 251 Clinical Microbiology I 3
5 Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3
Total 12
5th Semester
6 Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
MDL 277 Clinical Blood Banking Techniques 4
MDL 278 Clinical Microbiology Techniques II 4
MDL 281 Clinical Correlations 1
Total 12
Total credits for the Associate of Applied Science = 70
Two Years Credits
Prerequisites
1BIO
141
4
General Chemistry I
2CHM
111
4
ENG
111
3
Choose One
Orientation to (a Specific Discipline)
SDV
101
1
SDV
100
Total 12
1st Semester
3BIO
142
4
4CST
229
3
MDL
101
3
Clinical Hematology I
MDL
125
3
Clinical Urinalysis
MDL
140
2
Total 15
2nd Semester
Basic Clinical Microbiology
MDL
130
3
MDL
215
2
Clinical Hematology II
MDL
225
3
Laboratory Instrumentation I
MDL
260
2
Clinical Chemistry and Instrumentation III
MDL
263
3
Total 13
3rd Semester
MDL
266
3
MDL
276
3
Total 6
4th Semester
MDL
216
4
MDL
243
2
Clinical Microbiology I
MDL
251
3
Social/Behavioral Science Elective
5
3
Total 12
5th Semester
6
3
Clinical Blood Banking Techniques
MDL
277
4
MDL
278
4
MDL
281
1
Total 12
Total credits for the Associate of Applied Science = 70

1 May substitute BIO 231.

2 May substitute CHM 241 and CHM 242.

3 May substitute BIO 232.

4 May substitute CST 110 or CST 126.

5 See social/behavioral science courses listed under General Education Electives.

6 See humanities/fine arts courses listed under General Education Electives.

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